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  1. Mr Sam

    Report - Wrysgan Slate Mine - North Wales - Nov '19

    For a few trips Wrysgan had been our back up mine on the way back to the car from another mine but turned out to be our back up mine following Croesor on the other side of the hill. Also while Wrysgan is one of the closest mines from the parking spot its still a bloody darn good hike!! Defending...
  2. Abandoned-Sheffield

    Report - Silica Bricks Ganister Mine Sheffield, November 2019

    A ganister (or sometimes gannister) is hard, fine-grained quartzose sandstone, or orthoquartzite, used in the manufacture of silica brick typically used to line furnaces. Ganisters are cemented with secondary silica and typically have a characteristic splintery fracture. You can check out all...
  3. Mr Sam

    Report - Cwmystwyth Lead Mine - Mid Wales - Oct '19

    This place has fascinated me from a young age, my Nine (grandmother)(granny crow) lived in a caravan on the edge of a farm for some years at Cwmystwyth in the mid 90s we would drive past the mine workings and slag heaps and i would beg to go and wander around them but was never allowed, By the...
  4. U

    Video Report - The Slate Mines Of Coniston : Largest Cavern I've Ever Seen!

    In this one, we explore some of the vast slate mines at the Old Man of Coniston , Lake District, UK. In one mine is the largest cavity I've ever seen. These workings date back to the 13th century and one cavern is in excess of 100ft high. Facebook group ...
  5. Mr Sam

    Report - Parc Lead Mine - North Wales - July '19

    Weather forecast was advertised as possibly one of the hottest in recorded history so the plan was get underground where it might be a little cooler, Well the first destination was Cae Coch Sulphur Mine the walk/HIKE up a wooded hillside to the adit was absolute hell already 25C climbing in...
  6. Mr Sam

    Report - Moel Fferna Slate Mine - Llangollen - May '19

    A grand day out and another mine ticked off! every time I'm blown away by the sheer size of the chambers that really have to be seen to be believed or even just to get a scale of how huge they are, the countless man hours put in to extract the slate doesn't bear thinking about. Theres a few nice...
  7. Mr Sam

    Report - Penarth Slate Mine - Llangollen - Jan '19

    It seemed a great idea at the time... On the drive back from Cwmorthin Slate Mine in north Wales we though instead of sit in Friday evening traffic around Birmingham why don't we kill an hour at Penarth? Well having never been before i had no idea the hike up to the adit was worse than the hike...
  8. DayzGone

    Report - Dinorwic Quarry oct 18(pic heavy)

    Located between the villages of Llanberis and Dinorwig in North Wales. It was the second largest slate quarry in Wales, indeed in the world, after the one in neighbouring Penrhyn. It covered more than 700 acres (2.8 km2) consisting of two main quarry sections with 20 galleries in each and a...
  9. BullyMong

    Report - Draycott Cross Colliery, Staffordshire, August 2018

    So here we go, something different this time A little history Construction began in 1898 on Draycott tunnel and it opened in January 1909. During its use the tunnel was prone to collapsing and attempts were made to strengthen the tunnel using steel hoops . The section of line between the...
  10. novice_strength

    Report - Cults Mine Entrance

    I don't know if I agree or agree with ripping up the fence to use as a ladder. Either way it's pretty nifty!
  11. KPUrbex

    Report - Barrington Cement Works, Barrington Cambridge, December 2017

    Established in 1918 this site replaced a former site to the west, the works provided and processed components required for making cement. In 1927 a "Light" railway was constructed to connect the site to the Cambridge region of the GreatNorthern and Great Eastern Mainline, the railway allowed for...
  12. Patrick Houghton

    Swan Mine, Wiltshire - Any old pics?

    Ive been to swan mine a handful of times now and i'm planning on doing a school projecty type thing on the significance of mining around wiltshire. Would be great if you guys had any old pictures to show how the mines changed over the years, i've had no luck with finding any old pictures online...
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