Mining started as early as the 18th century at Groverake, which was initially unproductive mining for lead. Flourspar was mined here in the late 19th century but problems removing silica rendered this only marginally profitable. By the time WWII came around treatment techniques had improved and fluorspar mining took off at Groverake. After changing hands a number of times the mine closed permanently in 1999.
Two headframes were originally left at the site but one was to lost scrap metal thieves some years ago.