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Report - Kingsdown/Swan Quarry - Wiltshire - July 2014

Discussion in 'Mines and Quarries' started by REEF, Jul 25, 2014.

  1. REEF

    REEF Getthegirlkillthebaddies
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    When I get to Junction 17 on the M4 I always get an excited feeling and this day was no different. I had a few work meetings in bath so while down this way it would be rude not to visit a Quarry and Kingsdown was one I'd always missed.

    Solo visit.

    Kingsdown Quarry started producing stone in 1833 and by the standards of the other quarries in the area like Box and Browns is quite small. Its set into a hillside opposite the Swan Pub and stops the pub from sliding down the hill with chains buried within the workings. It has a number of falls and is really dodgy looking in some areas but this adds to its character. I was surprised by the number tools left in here and the condition of the crane, this made it well worth the effort.

    Stone pillar with the fall near the entrance in the background.
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    Rails in the roof
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    Hoof prints
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    What I came for
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    Falling out of the mine entrance into the road in front of the pub garden full of punters was a good comedy moment.... for them.

    Cheers for looking
     

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  2. The Kwan

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    Some nice photies mate, thanks for putting them up. Interesting about the pub sliding down the hill :)
     
  3. Lenston

    Lenston Bajo Tierra
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    Its a great location and some good shots there :thumb
     
  4. Wevsky

    Wevsky A Predisposed Tourist
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    Nice images mate,im glad some of wiltshire was still open for you :)
     
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    This is nice, mate. Dem cogs ;)
     
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    Always liked this one - did you sign the guest book (assuming it's still there)?
     
  7. REEF

    REEF Getthegirlkillthebaddies
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    Didn't see it, whereabouts was it?
     
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    There is an old saw table (or flat rock) about half way in, loads of artifact bits on it - and a silver tin with it in.
     
  9. Lenston

    Lenston Bajo Tierra
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    We didn't see when we were there either
     
  10. popeass1

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    You're lucky to see the crane in its glory, someone recently broke the chain off, and it was only just reattached. I don't suppose you noticed if there were yellow spray paint and blue chalk arrows everywhere? I only ask because they've only appeared in the last month, and I'm trying to work out when it was done
     
  11. obscurity

    obscurity Flaxenation of the G!!!
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    small but perfectly formed this one. Really enjoy visiting the place. You got some nice pics, glad you finally got around to taking a look :thumb
     
  12. professor frink

    professor frink Pro Snorer Skiff
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    I do like Swan, did you squeeze through the letterbox?
     
  13. The Franconian

    The Franconian 28DL Regular User
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    no, I didn't fit
     
  14. TheTimeChamber

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    Looks good Reef, this is somewhere I have always wanted to see!
     
  15. FaZy_UK

    FaZy_UK 28DL Regular User
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    I really like Kingsdown... Took the Girlfriend round here on Saturday... Always like to surprise people on the way out by saying "alright, seeya" and jumping head first through letterbox...
     
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