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Report - Scout Sandstone Mine, Rossendale - Oct 2015

Discussion in 'Mines and Quarries' started by GK_WAX, Nov 7, 2015.

  1. GK_WAX

    GK_WAX 28DL Regular User
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    History: (taken from @Coolboyslim, hope you dont mind :D)

    In 1938 the mine galleries at the disused Scout Mine were prepared to serve as air raid shelters in case of Second World War air attack. It was reported that the lofty galleries widen at intervals into extensive chambers and are large enough to accommodate scores of people if necessary. The mine was made ready with electric lights and an air lock in case of a gas attack. The roof was supported by large wooden beams, quite a few of them from demolition of mills and other large buildings.”

    The general history of Scout Sandstone Mine (and all the other mines) is it taps into the Haslingden series of sandstone deposits, a quite hard rock, which was used for paving flags, machine beds, construction and later hardcore and aggregate for motorway construction

    Some quarries in the area are now reopened with small scale production of flag stones and other products. Despite the abundance of quarries in the area : Facit, Britannia, Lands, Abraham etc; mine workings are very common – as the best stone is often found under thousands of tons of overburden and inferior stone – known as “ feight “, so adits were sunk and the stone excavated from pillar and stall workings.

    The explore:
    Ive never done anything like this before so i was abit nervous with suffering from claustrophobia but with all the excitement i forgot all about it! We was in here for about 2 and half hours which seemed to go quickly, moving in different passageways and over unsafe beams etc. It was a laugh! Learning how to use my camera properly in the dark was interesting although i do need more practice (for next time maybe :thumb).
    visited here with @Reich and his mate.

    thanks to @Coolboyslim for the details and organising it, shame you couldnt make it. Get well soon.
    thanks to @Reich for the camera tips and the explore, nice to meet you :thumb

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    I think ive cured my phobia being down there but have not yet gone in an elevator to test it :rolleyes:
    Thanks for looking.
    GK WAX
     

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  2. Lavino

    Lavino 28ÐŁ ƦEGUŁλƦ U$EƦ
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    Looks like you lads had a good time down there. We will have arrange another one and show me the ropes :D
     
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  3. Coolboyslim

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    Nice pics there @GK_WAX m8ty. Yea glad you liked it and thx to @Reich for covering for me after I got took very ill but better now. And @Lavino deffo going again has missed this one. So happy you had a good time. And it's deffo a good mine to start with
     
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    Nice to meet you aswell! Was an alright day too bad we got caught at facit!
     
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