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Report - Box Freestone Mine (Cliftworks), Wiltshire, May 2012

Discussion in 'Mines and Quarries' started by cunningcorgi, Jun 6, 2012.

  1. cunningcorgi

    cunningcorgi 28DL Regular User
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    HISTORY

    Box is not one quarry, it is a series of several quarries that eventually all joined up. Some of the area's inside Box are still known by their original names. Cliftworks, Spring, Tunnel, copenacre, Jacks, Cathedral, Sands, Groundstone, Browns and Hudswell. Many of the eastern quarry's were taken over by the MOD and converted into ammunition storage and wartime government seats. Today, only the western parts of Box are officially accessible.

    THE VISIT

    This report basically covers the northern region of the mine, i.e. Clift Quarry. Visited with wonkycows.

    1. Looking down the Cliftworks Passage from Clift Entrance
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    2. Elaborate (for a mine) stonework
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    3. Tank and Well, Cliftworks Passage
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    4. Support
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    5. Iron Door
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    6. Mine graffiti 1
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    7. Box Crane 1, Stack Passage
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    8. Heading further into Clift
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    9. Box Crab Winch, Winch Series
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    10. Box Crane 2 and saw, Bakerloo Line
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    11. Stone cutting
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    12. Bottom of the shaft, Cliftworks Passage
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    13. Mine graffiti 2
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    14. Junction with Box Crane 4 in the distance
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    15. Box Crane 5 and saws, Finis Laborandi
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    16. Last major junction
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    17. Box Crane 6, Via Ultima
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    18. End of the line, Box Crane 7, at the end of Via Ultima
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    And then a long walk back to BackDoor.

    Thanks for looking.
     

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