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Report - FACIT STONE MINE : sept 2010

Discussion in 'Mines and Quarries' started by Andyj23UK, Sep 25, 2010.

  1. Andyj23UK

    Andyj23UK 28DL Full Member
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    Facit stone mine :

    Facit mine tapps into the haslingden series of sandstone deposits , a quite hard rock , used for 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 , britania , lands , Abraham etc etc

    Mine workings are very common – as the best stone is often found under thousands of tones of overburden and inferior stone – known as “ feight “

    So adits are sunk and the stone excavated from pillar and stall workings

    Tramways remains that carried the stone down to the valley floor cross ever hill and in the late 19th century , the rail line from Accrington to Rochdale was opened – allowing ease of transport .

    Alas – no info on open / closure date or employees

    enough history . on with the explore :

    visited with ojay – who is miffed because his car needs a new timing chain

    entrance :

    Not sure I found the “ correct “ entrance – but it’s a hole in the ground so that’s good enough for me

    Upon leaving – we had a look for other holes - but it was getting late , so we didn’t really search correctly

    The crane eluded us , but we did find some artefacts :

    Barrels :



    Pipes – assume they are air pipes for powering pneumatic equipment


    Water cistern ::



    A drill hole preserved :


    Workings :





    All spongey and rotten – just waiting for its turn to collapse


    Hanging death :



    Having just walked under this horizontal fracture – I didn’t want to think how far it extended

    Mineral striations :



    There are LOTS of new fractures and recent falls where the exposed faces have yet to oxidise

    Graff – not always to be trusted

    And lastly – the last resting place of a cow ? / horse ?

    A good mooch , with further potential - A return trip is required

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