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Report - Harford Hills Chalk Mine, Norwich, May 2012

Discussion in 'Mines and Quarries' started by Altair, May 14, 2012.

  1. Altair

    Altair Poking holes since '84
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    Another local site to myself that I've visited a few times. Pictures are from various visits, including one with fellow members 4lex and keefykeef.

    Nothing much to report about when it comes to the actual explores, just a pleasant wander around. This place is a bit of a maze of tunnels but thankfully someone has marked all the tunnels with arrows that point back to the entrance or crosses to mark dead ends. Some places are huge and easily 15ft plus high while others are tight crawl spaces.

    History;

    Norwich has been mined for chalk and flints since the middle ages right up until WW2, while others date back to the 12th century although no accurate dates can be found. This particular mine is on the site of an old chalk quarry but the workers were forced to tunnel underground to keep supplying the chalk. It was used to make lime and there are also lime kilns in the area, while the flint was used in construction.

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  2. Altair

    Altair Poking holes since '84
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    Just a few, new pictures from a recent visit with my new camera. Didn't seem worth a new thread so just adding them here. hope that ok mods?



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  3. Wevsky

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    Nice one mate..hard to tell from pics how vast the mine is?
     
  4. Altair

    Altair Poking holes since '84
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    Thanks mate. There is quite a network of tunnels, varying from crawl spaces to the big cavern in the second pic. That one is about 3 times plus the height of me and I'm 5'9! Worth a look if your ever in the area though.
     
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    one to be noted for the future..;)
     
  6. pantomime horse

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    nice pics
    the colours jump out at you
    cheers for sharing
     
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