On Google Earth, type the location ‘Snailbeach, England’. Several features at the mine have been bookmarked.
The white surface of the tip where geological samples of minerals may be found is clearly visible, as are buildings and the pond higher up the valley.
An oblique view will bring out details such as the high ridge of the Stiperstones to the east of Snailbeach, and the hill with the Iron Age Fort to the south (also shown on the map extract below).
http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/oswebsite/getamap/ - The Ordnance Survey have made available maps of the country and these can be seen in a variety of scales. The map shown gives the highest possible magnification, which is the 1.25,000 scale map.
http://maps.shropshire.gov.uk/shropmap/viewer.htm The County Council website can provide even larger scale maps, which show every building.
Geological Maps of Britain are available at http://maps.bgs.ac.uk/geologyviewer_google/googleviewer.html
These can be overprinted with roads and other features, and clicking on the map will reveal a description of the rock types.
http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/ English Heritage promotes England’s history. It provides detailof sites which schools may visit.
http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ The National Trust also provides details of sites of historical interest.
Local History Websites
http://snailbeachmine.org.uk The Shropshire Mines Trust has a fascinating and valuable site with information about Snailbeach.
Wikepedia provides some information on Snailbeach, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snailbeach which will lead to links to a variety of related.
http://www.sbury8.freeserve.co.uk/mines1/snailbeach/snailbeach.htm - Ian Cooper has supplied some information on Snailbeach on his website, with attractive photographs.
http://www.hfstephens-museum.org.uk/other-railways.html - The Colonel Stephens Railway Museum at Tenterden in Kent has an unlikely but fascinating connection with Snailbeach. The Colonel bought up light railways which were failing, and ran them profitably. He equipped the Snailbeach Railway with engines which were surplus to requirements after the First World War and these ran until 1940, mainly transporting Barytes.
http://www.darwincountry.org/explore/021764.html The Darwin Country website has pictures of Snailbeach Mine before restoration.
http://www3.shropshire-cc.gov.uk/roots/packages/ind/ind_s03.htm Shropshire Routes to Roots website has a link to the story of the mining disaster at Snailbeach Mine.
http://www.discovershropshire.org.uk/html The Discovering Shropshire’s History website has details of all scheduled monuments including many features of the Snailbeach Mine complex.
www.shropshirewildlifetrust.org.uk – has details of Snailbeach and the countryside around.
www.iarecordings.org/compilations/c20.html - A DVD of Snailbeach mine is available from I A Recordings at this site.
http://www.search.secretshropshire.org.uk – The Secret Shropshire website has details of the Snailbeach Mine and Railway.
http://www.2shrop.net/2shropnet/AToZOfMini-sites/S/SnailbeachVillageHall/AboutUs Details of the Village Hall by the car park with contact details and hire charges.
http://website.lineone.net/~margaret_cole/News6/stiperstones.htm has a description of the vegetation of former mines and their tips.
www.bbc.co.uk/history/forkids/ History for kids website
www.bbc.co.uk/history/walk/ - The BBC walk through time history link
www.topmarks.co.uk Yes, works
www.teachingideas.co.uk/history - As it says, teaching History Ideas