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Report - Hodge close slate quarry, Coniston, May '11

Discussion in 'Mines and Quarries' started by drhowser, Jul 4, 2011.

  1. drhowser

    drhowser Bespectacled & irrelevant
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    Hodge Close is one of many slate workings in the Tilberthwaite Valley, near Langdale. This was worked on a large scale from the 19th century to the early 60s (small scale). The slate was moved through the site by means of overhead cables, but there is no sign of either the cables or their mechanisms remaining.
    The quarry was worked as a open pit (now flooded by 150ft) with levels and chamber coning off the bottom, access levels and above the pit.
    Most of these levels have now been obliterated by more modern operations, and those left can only be accessed by diving.

    Today Hodge Close is best known for cave diving, UKDivers.net has this to say-

    My interest in the site is a little dryer though, to the other side of the flooded main works are Klondyke works, a smaller system sunk into it's own pit.
    A good few years ago now it was the venue for a fairly (un)memorable free party organised by a group of friends of mine, Being as I was in the area I though it might be nice to take a look at it in daylight.









    The old entrance to the works is blocked off. There's now a little bit of climbing involved


    This is a shaft which has been filled with slate slurry and capped off with concrete



    Cheers :thumb
    phil the mole likes this.

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