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Report - Northamptonshire Iron Mine

Discussion in 'Mines and Quarries' started by j4cko, Sep 1, 2008.

  1. j4cko

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    It took me and a mate weeks of research to find this place, but after numerous stinging nettle rashes we found it, and what a find! It is an Iron Ore mine, closed in 1927 and hasnt been touched since. The first entrance we found had been bricked up and our hearts sank, but a short walk further along the rock face and someone had kindly put a hole in the brickwork on the next entrance. The pictures arent brilliant and we didnt go into the mine too far, as it wasnt a particularly safe place- We were really pleased to have found this at last, as i havent seen any reports of other people being in it, or even knowing where it is. This place is absolutely massive, we stood at the end of one of the tunnels with a lamp with a 1km range on it and that didnt get anywhere near the end.... Also there is a strong breeze that flows out of the hole, obviously this can be to do with pressure differences, but by amount of air coming out i would say it has to be vented somewhere, if not another entrance

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  2. brixmis

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    I visited this mine a few years back, if its the one im thinking of its not far from the A14, through the village of the same name and its on the left?

    We also had a bit of trouble finding the entrance, when I got there there was only one brick removed, my mate and I spent a couple of hours enlarging the hole, when we got in and wandered off, I started to feel light headed, we tried to light a candle to see how much oxygen there was, it wouldnt light, we returned to the entrance and got out.

    I guess you know about the other mine just accross the road, much better and many more artifacts. I have scanned a couple of photos, you might be interested in:
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    Notice the air control curtains at the end where the mine dips and the water level comes up.
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    A few tools near to the entrance, I think the brick is just a support.
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    A few explosives tins and a shovel.
    Most of my photos were crap and didnt come out, Ive got a bit better since then!
    There was a Farmers Phesant breeding area near to the entrance, well hiding it really. PM if you want a flash earth link to the approimate location.

    I would suggest getting the book about the areas Iron Stone Mines, its on Amazon.

    Lots of others listed in the book, some are only surface features but some are underground.

    If you go back I wouldnt mind coming along?

    Cheers
    BRIX
     
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