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Report - Holme Bank Chert Mine, Nov 2012

Discussion in 'Mines and Quarries' started by Altair, Nov 3, 2012.

  1. Altair

    Altair Poking holes since '84
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    I know, I know, another report on this albeit rather pleasant mine but I was passing the area and it seemed rude not to pop in. Unfortunately due to getting held up in traffic on the way I didn't get as long as I would have liked to play and didn't get a chance to pop into Holme Hall mine, next door or find the still running carts down there.

    Very chilled and relaxed wander with nothing to report. No shouty man next door! Visited with Altair's Misses! Finally a thank you to Sarah Saw for the initial heads up and Paul Powers for confirming things and providing a rather nice map :thumb


    Brief history

    Holme Bank chert mine was worked from c.1800 up to 1960. There are extensive workings, notable for the large packwalls used to support the roof after the chert beds had been removed. The last company to operate the mine (Smiths Runners) also manufactured davie blocks for building, and continued to do so on site up to about 1995. Much of the surface plant is still on site. Chert being a particulary fine silca which was used as a colourant in the pottery industry.​


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    Thanks for looking :)
     

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