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    Visited here last night (friday 13th) with Dazza and a few of the darkplaces crew one of which bought a blow up boat so a shot of me in the well had to be done, entered via muddy hole and spent a few hours down there taking photos. We have been many times before but decided to go for a photo session this time. I'm sure most of you know the history of browns but here it is anyway

    Browns Folly Mine is an SSSI (Special Site of Scientific Interest) because of its national importance for hibernating and roosting bats.

    Brown's Folly is a tower situated near Bathford overlooking Bath. Beneath the folly in the nature reserve are the entrances to part of Brown's Folly Quarry. This stone mine is fairly big but not too complicated.

    The southern section consists of several long main routes, the waste stone is stacked up along the sides of the passages. There are few roof falls in this mine, probably due to good strong pillars at regular intervals.

    The main adit into the quarry was blasted by the military probably to prevent access to the Monkton Farleigh Ammunition Depot connected to Brown's Folly.

    In the Southern section there exists some stables amongst other interesting features. Further into the hillside there is an area known as Clapham Junction, so called because of the rails laid in the floor. This was the junction of several routes into the different headings of the mine. The existence of rails means that this was a relatively recent and large mine.

    A Second World War ammo dump, the valley was originally the entrance to Browns Folly Mine which was collapsed by the War Department.

































    Last edited by FLEXX; 14th May 11 at 22:07.

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    Pics look great FLEXX! some great features down there :)
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    Fantastic images. I've been planning on visiting this place as I'm only down the road, but I've never had the time to hunt this place out. Looks pretty cool down there. How far did you get down the mine? Was much of it blocked up?

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    Nice pictures mate.I hope you put the ladder back across the stone tank when you'd finished your trip round the bay.:)
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    Quote Originally Posted by anpanman View Post
    How far did you get down the mine? Was much of it blocked up?
    most of it is still open as far as im aware there are some falls in some places but easy enough to climb over did cover a lot this time and other parts we have previously covered so you best get down there and explore ;)


    Quote Originally Posted by oldscrote View Post
    I hope you put the ladder back across the stone tank when you'd finished your trip round the bay.:)
    yep certainly did left it as we found it :)

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    Looks like a fascinating place, great pictures, thanks.

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    Gosh you're very brave going down there! :) Love the pics.

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    Lot of trouble to get a photo taken in a boat. Good explore that and do like the well, so clean. :)
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    Looks like there's some bits we missed down there. Need to go back..... Nice long exposures :):)

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    ha ha u did the shitty tunnel just coming off pit prop chamber, brave man we did this a couple of times in the past and each time it gets worse,

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