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Report - SpaWood mine - Guisbrough - November 2010

Discussion in 'Mines and Quarries' started by Horus, Nov 7, 2010.

  1. Horus

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    SpaWood IronStone Mine

    Visited with Forsaken, goan

    Its very hard to find the history of this mine i was searching for hours, managed to find something tho...

    SpaWood Mine was opened in the 1880's and had 3 owners through out its reign, in 1880s a firm called Weardale Iron & Coal Co. Ltd. owned it up until the 1910s when Sir B. Samuelson & Co. Ltd took over, they had the most employers of its entire opening of the mine and slapewath of 825 personal 655 Below and 170 above , he had it till the April of 1923 when Dorman, Long & Co. Ltd. bought it out

    The last stone worked was 31st December 1928, when output had been averaging about 10-12,000 tons per month since 1923. Work stopped soon after this due to a lack of demand and the lease was given up on 31st December 1934.

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    Mine workers posing for a photograph on the picking belt

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    The young man at right was a student from the R.S.M. but the others are real miners. The Hardy Pick Co. ratchet is braced against a prop. Taken 1929.

    Present Day
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    Remains of steam-driven in the Wadle Fan House.

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    Wierd looking remains of a tree was in the tunnels not what we were expecting :eek:, With it coming upto Christmass i thought of the idea of decorating it..

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    Hope you enjoyed the report and pictures, Thanks to goan and forsaken for helping me use my camera :thumb
     
    #1 Horus, Nov 7, 2010
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2010

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