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Report - Ridge Quarry, November 2009

Oxygen Thief

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Explored with Urban Junkie, Shadow, Raptor Jesus, Rigsby and Styru.

The Ridge was used during the Great War for TNT and cordite storage and vacated in 1922.

Changing little between the wars, Ridge was requisitioned by the War Office in 1934 and brought into commission in 1936. Although earmarked as part of CAD Corsham, it was used by the RAF.

The RAF left Ridge Quarry in 1955 and the Army kept a presence there until 1964 after which the site reverted to care and maintenance under the Ministry of Works and Building.

Ridge Quarry was repurchased by the Neston Estate in 1975.
We've been here before, but this time we wanted to see a bit more.

One of the slope shafts...

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The winch house and signs of the old haulage system trackway...

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EXIT sign...

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Some old graffiti...

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Call that a pillar ? Now that's a pillar...

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More strengthening work...

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This commenced in 1938 but was never completed...

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Old signage...

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The old workings...

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The mine is worked on two levels, here's a couple of pictures of the incline between the two levels...

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Some old lengths of railway track...

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