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Report - Browns Folly Mine, Wiltshire - May 2009

Discussion in 'Mines and Quarries' started by bobob, May 18, 2009.

  1. bobob

    bobob 28DL Full Member
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    Spent a romantic weekend in Wiltshire, what a great county! We were lucky enough to meet up with Root who took us around Swann and then Browns. Hats off to him for his work in the mines, they've saved lots of history down there. Bumped into a few others which was a nice surprise, but odd all the same to hear 'Hello?' coming from the distance deep underground! Managed to leave my boiler suit, knee pads and tripod on the kitchen side which was a good start but thanks to careful crawling I remained reasonably unscathed from the day. Didn't take a camera into Swann so here's a few from Browns...

    Clapham Junction:

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    Gutter carved out of the rock leading to 3 troughs on the right:

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    St Paul's:

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    One of the old portals into MF:

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    Leaving one of the loading bays:

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    Trolley just melting into the floor:

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    More troughs:

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    Stable, the horses only had 2 trips per year out of the mines and I heard yesterday that the last pit pony had only just died at the age of about 40:

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    Really effective and reassuring props :crazy

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    Graffiti from 1882 (the bit at the bottom reads 'whoever believeth in the son of god hath everlasting life'):

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    We popped out here for a wee and a ciggie but carried on for lots more before exiting into the glorious Wiltshire rain :thumb

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    Big thanks to Root :cool:
     

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  2. Budice

    Budice 28DL Regular User
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    Don't know about showing you how to do it mate lol, just a couple of my efforts.
    Looking out over the loading bay

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    Looking into Devils Chamber

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    Another view of Devils Chamber and the death throne

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