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Report - Groverake flourspar mine Weardale

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by dave, Oct 19, 2008.

  1. dave

    dave 28DL Regular User
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    having made several visits to the mine over the last few years thought i might put up a few pics of some of the visits. Closure came in the summer of 1999 and it was the last commercial flourspar mine operating in the north pennines under the name of Sherburn Minerals. Major developments started in the late 18th cent and various operators have used the site since working for lead aswell as flourspar.

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    view from the top of the headstock

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    looking down one of the open drifts visible

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    looking down one of the sealed shafts at about 200 feet flooding occurs though the shaft is much deeper.

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    In this drift you can get about 400 yards or so before more flooding stopping any further progress also this drift is in terrible condition and roof falls can happen at anytime if you do go in have a hard hat on its more steeper than you think too.

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    inside the offices

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    Old out building nearby.

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    Just a few pics from different angles the site is still standing but for how long i dont know i think for the moment nature is slowly taking over though it is well worth a visit if you are in this area.
     

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