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Report - Blebo Quarry, Fife, November 2009

Discussion in 'Mines and Quarries' started by zimbob, Nov 23, 2009.

  1. zimbob

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    Visited this with Foz101 and another explorer, who's not on this site....

    Sandstone has been quarried here for centuries, apparently it is particularly good in this area :
    (Taken from 'A Short History of Kemback Parish' by Maurice Milne, Session Clerk)

    After a wee stroll through the woods (past the 'slipper'o'doom') and left at the rope-swing, we arrived at our destination :

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    In we went :)

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    All the supports that had been left in place had been hand-dressed, I can only assume this was done as practice for the masons.

    Further in, a small pond of water, the only real damp in this place :

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    We also noticed the vein of shale, visible at the top of every support, and often visibly crumbling :(

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    The curved, dressed wall, a real work of art :)

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    The infamously well-endowed 'Ladyboy of Blebo' :gay

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    This place has seen severall rockfalls, I cannot stress enough how dodgy the roof in here is :

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    It may look as though the large slab is resting on the rocks in the middle of this shot, but that is due to the perspective - it's just hanging there :eek:

    Cracks abound in the roof, sometimes you only notice 'em on the photos! This was a rather neat little timber arrangement, packed with rocks, a form of support I assume :

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    Another timber and rock-packed arrangement :

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    The 'wall of deads' - pretty much the most stable part of this place

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    This place is not as spacious as it appears - here's a 'ghost' crawling in to give a sense of scale :

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    More ceiling-collapses litter the floor :

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    A ghostly Foz101 doing his thing :

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    Daylight beckoned, time to go :)

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    I really enjoyed my first foray underground :)

     

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