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Report - Bixhead Stone Quarry - May 2012

Discussion in 'Mines and Quarries' started by Oxygen Thief, May 23, 2012.

  1. Oxygen Thief

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    Explored with Spungletrumpet, Speed and Dweeb.

    After a night on the cider at Spungles, and a walk through the meadows in the morning, it was time we headed out to the forest to see something, this place as it happens.

    A large stone mine, in a large stone quarry. The size of the chambers was much larger than your average Wiltshire mine, quite impressive.

    Sorry, can't find any history on the place.


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  2. georgie

    georgie He Never Even Got There
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    impressive good work chaps
     
  3. Altair

    Altair Poking holes since '84
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    Quality pics :thumb
    loving the scale and look of that place
     
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    That is pretty big - very nice :cool: Looks like the Forest of Dean doesn't just do coal
     
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    Nowhere near, more like Swan.
     
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    Wow this place is impressive, I bet the acoustics could rival any concert hall too! Definately gonna have to do some road-trippin' this summer; not a lot of great underground sites up 'wor way'.
     
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    Nice pics there mate.. The best I've seen from the place.

    It does iron as well. :)
     
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    fuck me, thats one huge place.
    great pics
     
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    Brilliant that is, good work guys. Looks mahoosive!
     
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    Cheers mate, I'm sure the others will be along soon to disprove the theory.

    Iron you say...
     
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    Nice pictures. It looks like an interesting explore. You could even do some boating down there.
     
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    Well captured and really well lit up,it looks massive.Great work gents for doing this place.
     
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    Very nice, makes want to get my wellies out.
     
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    "Can't find any history on the place....."

    You know what might be really useful ? Some sort of global electronic network that allows you to use a free indexing service to - almost instantly - search for information by doing nothing more complicated than entering search terms such as "Bixhead" ? :rolleyes:

    http://www.pastscape.org.uk/hob.asp That's the English Heritage description of the quarries.

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    http://www.gsia.org.uk/reprints/1987/gi198717.pdf

    Which is a .pdf of a document that looks like it was written by a local history buff in 1987.

    To be fair, there's not that much info (but then I only spent two minutes looking !) Short version : They're post medieval, though there has been quarrying in the area since at least the 15th Century. Eastnor Castle is probably built of stone from here.
     
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