I came across this placename in Leekfrith while doing other research. it is an extremely rare name on the internet, but with persistence and lateral thinking I seem to have found its location. But it throws up a number of interesting possibilities. The article below is part off a Bednall records document which apparently locates it, besides referring to many other persons of the area.
Draft assignment, dated 3 August 1811, of a term of 1000 years in trust to attend an inheritance and covenant by Messrs Clulow & Fletcher to produce title deeds, Messrs Fynney & Hordern (executors of William Challinor, deceased) on the nomination of Messrs Clulow & Fletcher to John Cruso of Leek. The indenture was between (1) John Fynney of Leek, Button & Ribbon Merchant and Edward Hordern of Leek, Mercer, (William Challinor's executors), (2) James Clulow of Abbey Farm, Leekfrith, Farmer, Joseph Clulow of Abbey Farm, Leekfrith, Farmer, and John Clulow of Owler Lee Farm Farmer, (3) Joseph Fletcher of Barnswood Farm within Rudyard, Staffordshire, Farmer, (4) James Hulme of Ball Hay, Leek, Doctor of Physic, nephew and heir at law named in the will of John Davenport late of Ball Hay, (5) John Cruso of Leek. It recites a mortgage made on 10th May 1782 between (1) John Davenport of Ball Hay, (2) Revd. John Griffiths of Handsworth, Yorkshire, for £1300. The mortgage was secured on a messuage in Leek Frith where William Wood had lived and then Miss Clowes called Bottom of the Frith together with lands occupied in part by Wm. Wood and part by his tenant Jeremiah Sherratt and were then in the possession of John Davenport, Miss Clowes and of James Hulme. Also Green Lane Farm where Jeremiah Sherratt and then James Hulme had lived; Isaac Tunnicliffe's farm called Stock Meadow which had previously been two farms called Stock Meadow and Mill Hierns or Milne Irons or Mill Holmes respectively. And also various named lands in Leekfrith together with the lane from Barley Croft Head to the further end of Stock Meadow, Milne Irons etc. the total amounting to 200 acres.
It appears that Mine Iron refers to a furnace or forge , probably using iron ore from a nearby deposit. It may also have need for water power to drive a waterwheel or hammer, as occurred at Consall Forge from very early times. Or a large smithy could have been part of the site. In early times charcoal was the primary heat source for forges. any comments?