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Report (Permission Visit) Lower Balls Green Freestone Mine, Nailsworth - Sep 2014

Discussion in 'Mines and Quarries' started by Oort, Sep 30, 2014.

  1. Oort

    Oort The spice expands consciousness.
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    A Permission visit organised by the Stroud Valley Project to raise money for future endeavours.

    History:

    Other than being a freestone mine I can find very little information about this online, if anyone has a good source could they let me know? One story I do know is that some NAMHO members got into the mine and caused some damage to the hopper that is still there, fortunately they came back not long after and repaired it.

    The early history of these quarries is vague. Presumably quarrying of the fine oolite stone has been carried on at the outcrop since Roman times. Due to the steep hillsides, the overburden soon became to great and thus they went underground. There are a number of small scale developments. According to a 90 year old inhabitant of Nailsworth, a Mr William Mortimer who died in 1970 such places were worked in the winter months by cottagers employed in casual agricultural work during the summer.

    Source: THE ROYAL FOREST OF DEAN CAVING CLUB NEWS LETTER No 34 (JULY / AUGUST 1971)

    Visit:
    We met up at the Weighbridge pub and then proceeded up to the mine entrance (on private land). I think I've been spoiled by Box as this mine is considerably smaller and easy to navigate. Our guide Chris was very knowledgeable and told us all about the different parts of the mine and how the miners used to do their jobs. We were taken around both main arteries of the mine but the two sections near the entrance were avoided as they as a bit less stable than the rest of the mine. The tour lasted just over two hours and we came away very satisfied.

    Visited by: Ourtcloud, Tallrich and fifteen other strangers.

    Photos.


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    Workings

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    The last large stone

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    Main conduit

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    Our Guide checking out a melty wall

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    Small crab winch

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    Calcite

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    Large avenue

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    Mushroom pillar

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    Walking up the pony track to the egresse

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    Thanks for looking :)

    Full set of pics are here http://the-lockup.co.uk/lower-balls-green-mine-nailsworth-september-2014/
     
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  2. huey

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    Hey,great pics mate,you might yet persuade me to go underground!:Not Worthy
     
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    Some interesting bits in the forest :thumb
     
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    Looks a good place, cheers for posting :thumb
     
  5. Oort

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    Thanks guys! had a good time but permission visits are a lot less fun, no tripod or light painting was allowed :(
     
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    photos though and thanks for sharing! :thumb
     
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  7. Oort

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    FYI: Asking for access details for sites on a publicly viewable section of the forum is not how its done here.


    For Lower Balls I would get the permission, the farmer is fairly amenable particularly if you offer him some kind of remuneration otherwise if you get caught he will not be happy.

    I'm not going to discuss access details on an open forum and quite frankly I gave a step by step guide on getting into Upper at the top of the report so you're on your own there I'm afraid.

    That said, if you do make it in either make sure you have the mine surveys as you will miss lots of stuff otherwise.

    Why don't you just go and do Swan? it's much bigger, has better maps and more to see.
     
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    thanks for the information and ill take your advise on posting on this site.

    thanks
     
  9. Oort

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    I'm assuming, since you've not put up an introduction thread, that you've not been underground before; if that's not true then please ignore some of my more cautionary advice. :thumb

    Oh and welcome!
     
  10. Miss Mayhem

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    Very nice report,
    Looks awesome :thumb
     
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  11. Oort

    Oort The spice expands consciousness.
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    It's a lovely little mine and much safer than its close sibling.
     
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