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    It's been done before on here but not for a while. We went on a very cold day with the wind chill close to zero degrees. A nice little explore this one. Easily accessable but semi-derelict.



    Lead mining first started at Magpie mine about 250 years ago. A number of buildings are still in tact. The winding gear and engine at the site today date back to the 1950s. The mine was prone to flooding and the big building at the site is a Cornish Beam Engine that was built in 1840 to drain the mine. The wooden structure set away from the main mine buildings was a horse-drawn gin which was used to draw lead ore to the surface.The main shaft is over 200m deep.

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    First negotiate the locals...


    img5675_1 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    It's a long way down there...


    img5674_1 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Two chimneys and a Cornish Beam Engine in the middle.


    img5672_1 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The horse Gin used to raise the lead ore to the surface.


    img5669bw_1 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    A full frontal of the Cornish Beam Engine and chimney.


    img5665_1 by HughieDW, on Flickr


    img5660_1 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Close-up of the winding gear...


    img5657_1 by HughieDW, on Flickr


    img5653_1 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Building with cylindrical winding drum.


    img5652_1 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Not too sure what this roofless round little building was used for.


    img5663 by HughieDW, on Flickr

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    Really liked this photo, love the colour of the stone used in these buildings.
    How were the locals? :P

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    liking this lots
    Zero reports, zero participation and then a PM asking for info tends to offend - I delete such PM's so don't waste your time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrDan View Post
    Really liked this photo, love the colour of the stone used in these buildings.
    How were the locals? :P
    Why thank you Mr Dan. Pleased to report that the Locals were very friendly. There's a really top pub near by in Sheldon where we sampled the local ale and pies. Very agreeable to the palate.

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    that's a goodun mate.I like the horse gin especially,there ain't many of them left.The circular building is the powder house,used for storing gunpowder

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    That's bang on the money mate, and certainly on the list. Morning explore and pub lunch, sounds good to me. What's the pub called bud?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silent Hill View Post
    That's bang on the money mate, and certainly on the list. Morning explore and pub lunch, sounds good to me. What's the pub called bud?
    It's the Cock and Pullet mate. Right proper pub, just like how they should be

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldscrote View Post
    that's a goodun mate.I like the horse gin especially,there ain't many of them left.The circular building is the powder house,used for storing gunpowder

    http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2853700
    Cheers Oldscrote. Mate, I bow to your knowledge!

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    Quote Originally Posted by HughieD View Post
    It's the Cock and Pullet mate. Right proper pub, just like how they should be
    Found it mate cheers. Looks good. Shame they don't do B&B :( I'm looking forward to what should be a great day out, and thanks for posting it up :)


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    Very nice, I like this! :)
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