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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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    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.


    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

    2. Elaborate (for a mine) stonework

    3. Tank and Well, Cliftworks Passage

    4. Support

    5. Iron Door

    6. Mine graffiti 1

    7. Box Crane 1, Stack Passage

    8. Heading further into Clift

    9. Box Crab Winch, Winch Series

    10. Box Crane 2 and saw, Bakerloo Line

    11. Stone cutting

    12. Bottom of the shaft, Cliftworks Passage

    13. Mine graffiti 2

    14. Junction with Box Crane 4 in the distance

    15. Box Crane 5 and saws, Finis Laborandi

    16. Last major junction

    17. Box Crane 6, Via Ultima

    18. End of the line, Box Crane 7, at the end of Via Ultima

    And then a long walk back to BackDoor.

    Thanks for looking.

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