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  1. ForgottenBuildings

    Report - Zeche N4 - Germany - Mar, 2021.

    History: After the second world war the reconstruction of Europe had started. What laid central to this reconstruction was the hunger for energy. Coal was the most commonly available and cheap resource which could be used for the rebuilding of heavy industry in West-Germany. This demand caused...
  2. MK83

    Report - Maenoffren Slate Quarry Part 2 - Blaenau Ffestiniog, Wales - October 2021

    We haven't posted much for the last couple of weeks due to real life getting in the way, namely my van engine deciding to catastrophically give up on life along with having loads on at work but managed to get it all sorted it out in time for this visit. We visited this place for the first time...
  3. ForgottenBuildings

    Report - Zeche N1/2 - Germany - March, 2021.

    History: The history of this coal mine started all the way back in the beginning of the 1900s. At the time the West-Germany truly started to industrialize. What powered this rapid industry was for the majority coal. This caused the creation of many new coal mines. During the years the mine grew...
  4. MK83

    Report - Montcliffe Colliery - Winter Hill, Horwich, Bolton - September 2021

    This is going to be quite a short report on the remains we found of Montcliffe Colliery. Winter Hill near Bolton is famous locally for the huge T.V. mast at the top and is popular with walkers but it has been extensively mined and Quarried in the past. There were multiple collieries around the...
  5. MK83

    Report - Maenofferen Slate Quarry - Blaenau Ffestiniog, North Wales - August 2021

    This place has been covered loads of times (most recently in an excellent report by @HughieD ) but we've always thought it looked awesome and wanted to check it out. We had a full days childcare so thought we would do the 2 and a half hour drive down and check it out. This is by no means a...
  6. MK83

    Report - Nant y Gadwen Manganese Mine - Rhiw, Lllyn Peninsula, Wales - July 2021

    History - This is the southernmost of a small group of manganese mines near the village of Rhiw. The group, which included the Bennalt and Rhiw mines was the largest producer of manganese ore in the UK in the early 20th century. Nant Mine raised 45,644 tons of manganese ore prior to its closure...
  7. ForgottenBuildings

    Report - Coal mining school. - Germany - March, 2021.

    History: The German Ruhr valley is widely known for its heavy industry like steel and manufacturing. What laid central in this industry was the availability of coal stored deep underground. Coal mining became a common practice since the beginning of the 1800s, which kickstarted the German...
  8. A

    North Devon

    I'm sure some that will know of the 'hidden' ww2 communication bunkers dotted around the coastline, the remaining sections of railway, tunnels and various other structures from the 50/60's along with multiple smuggling and mining tunnels that are within the North Devon area. I'm looking for...
  9. Laurenlucy123

    Report - CHATTERLEY WHITFIELD (UNDERGROUND EXPERIENCE)

    Chatterley Whitfield is one of my all time favourite explores ever! It has so much history and character. In 1979 the Chatterley Whitfield Mining Museum opened and it soon gained a reputation of being Britain’s best known mining museum attracting over 70,000 visitors a year. Underground tours...
  10. LashedLlama

    Report (Permission Visit) The Godstone Main Series Firestone Mine, Surrey - October 2020

    History: The Godstone main series firestone mine, is located deep beneath the forest floors of Surrey, and dates back as far as the 1600s. The mine first began its life as a vital source of flint, or commonly named "firestone". Originally, this mine comprised of 5 different networks, The Roman...
  11. R

    Question - Browns Folly Mine

    Hi there people, I’ve recently explored a few different sites, e.g Bridgwater hospital, Farleigh down tunnel etc, I found out just last night about this mine in browns folly , I seen in this thread that the entrance was near the ‘mud pit’ I was just wondering if someone could expand on this as...
  12. LashedLlama

    Report - Storm Releif Chalk Mine, Dartford, Kent - September 2020

    History: In the latter half of the 19th century, the railway network had expanded rapidly, connecting up towns and villages to London, enabling more people to still work within the capital, but move out into the countryside. With this, grew a demand on houses, and consequently, an even greater...
  13. caixdixon

    Report - MAENOFFEREN SLATE MINE - FFESTINIOG NORTH WALES

    First post on here. I know this has been done a few times and this isn't my first visit here, but it was a cold foggy day I was bored and wanted get a bit of content up and this is local to me. Maenofferen state mine is now a derelict site. The quarry was opened a short time after 1800 and was...
  14. Slippin_Jimm

    Report - Kingsdown Quarry | Swan Mine - June 2020

    History. Kingsdown Quarry is commonly referred to as Swan Mine. This is a small bath stone quarry lying under the hillside along the road from Bathford to Kingsdown. The Explore. Visited with a non-member. Making our way to the Swan Inn having parked up relatively close. We set up to the...
  15. Abandoned-Sheffield

    Report - Wapping Mine & Cumberland Cavern, Matlock Derbyshire

    An interesting explore that sadly, we didn't have enough time to complete fully after taking a few detours around the various routes that were on offer. We'll definitely be back here again soon to make it all the way through to the end of Cumberland Cavern. You can check out all my photos from...
  16. LashedLlama

    Report - Quarry Dean Firestone Mine, Merstham, Surrey - June 2020

    History: The Quarry Dean firestone mine in Merstham, Surrey, is just one of the many mines, stone quarries and underground workings that are scattered along the North Downs between East Kent and Surrey, and is also by far one of the oldest. This particular underground stone quarry dates back as...
  17. Yoshimitsu93

    Report - New Hawne Colliery - Halesowen - Feb 2020

    This is only our second thread (myself & @Narg1992). We thought we may as well post while we are in lockdown due to the amount of photos we have lying around! So as we are local to Halesowen we thought we might as well check out the New Hawne Colliery. Unfortunately we dont have much history on...
  18. VaeVictis

    Report (Permission Visit) Holme Bank Chert Mine (April 2017 & 2019)

    Another retrospective! Have visited this a few times over the last few years, and here are some photos from these trips, including a few underwater ones. I've classed this as a permission visit as this is on private land - they are happy for people to explore, but a £5 donation is requested if...
  19. Mr Sam

    Report - Moss Head Mine - Coniston - Feb '20

    The pictures i had seen of the remnants of the aerial ropeway got me really interested in this on however i had no idea quite what a climb it was to the top. We had to chuckle as 2 people in full hiking gear with poles passed us in wellies and waders. I was pleased to be wearing my cheap as...
  20. horrgakx

    Report (Permission Visit) Force Crag Mine, Cumbria, Mar 2020

    This was a permission visit to Force Crag Mine, a mile or so from the village of Braithwaite. Closing in the 1980's it was open for around 200 years. As part of my photography courses we're visiting 3 mines in 3 weeks. Thanks to the Ranger; Roy Henderson for his wonderful insight into the...
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