Blue John found after 70 years

A ‘lost’ vein of rare Blue John stone has been rediscovered in a Peak District cavern after nearly 70 years.

In 1945, miner John Royse told 19–year–old Peter Harrison about an amazing deposit of Blue John stone he had found in Treak Cliff Cavern, Castleton.

A 'lost' vein of rare Blue John stone has been discovered at Treak Cliff Cavern in the Peak District. John Turner works at the newly discovered seam.

A 'lost' vein of rare Blue John stone has been discovered at Treak Cliff Cavern in the Peak District. John Turner works at the newly discovered seam.

Peter promised to return to the cavern the next day, but sadly John was taken ill and died before he could show him the exact location of his find.

For nearly 70 years, Peter and his family have searched for the lost vein. Now he is 87 years old, it has fallen upon Peter’s grandson, John Turner, to uncover the lost treasure.

John, 21, commented: “I am learning the art of Blue John mining from Gary Ridley the mine manager.

“It was while we were stood talking at the bottom of the ladder that leads to the upper galleries that I noticed something unusual on the floor.

“After an hour of digging through muddy deposits I was amazed to come across an old piece of carpet supported by some wooden batons.

“I couldn’t believe my eyes when we pulled away the old carpet and there was this most amazing deposit of Blue John stone.”

Peter said: “When my grandson phoned to tell me he had found John Royse’s old deposit, I couldn’t believe it.

“After all these years it was right under my feet.”