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Thread: Middleton Mine, Derbyshire 04/08

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    Default Middleton Mine, Derbyshire 04/08


    I know that ThenewMendoza and Havoc have been here before, not sure if anyone else has, but I decided it was time that I took a look.

    I rounded up The_Revolution and Kaputnik, headed up there, and got in.

    There are lots of signs like this, for the most part they lie - tends to be a nice slope of gravel and sand. Easy to get down, not so easy to get back up.


    Big electrical cabinet, with armco protection. big arse trucks came through here.


    This was quite cool


    Bit of torch fun


    First Aid shelter, including roll up stretcher and phone


    Traffic lights


    This was pretty cool


    Corner mirror, and handy signage


    As I slipped and slid my way down here, I noticed a sign saying "caution slippery surface" about halfway down. Would have been handy if it had been at the top :)


    Lots of odds and ends of junk and wreckage


    Big button






    Just the cab of this old truck was left. Shame, I wouldn't have minded driving around in there :)


    Pipes and ladder cage


    Kaputnik examining a hole in the ceiling.


    There are lots of these about, plus many bags of calcium carbonate


    It gets a bit wet in places




    Conveyor belt


    Flooded, blocked tunnels


    Guestbook


    Daylight!


    More daylight! Big vent fan at the end, about 6 foot high


    Electricals




    Shot through the fan grill, view of the exterior mine workings


    Fire extinguisher and valves


    Pigeon holes


    Hum. Not sure quite what this is.


    A, er, um, thing.


    Taps and pipes


    Well, we would have done, but there didn't seem to be anyone abour


    We happy few.




    On the way out, after carefully and successfully guiding my two fellow urbexers out, I managed to fall and estimated 3 - 3.5 metres. Landing on concrete and broken stone. I am rather battered, somewhat bloodied and a bit bruised. But I still have a big grin on my face.

    Wandering (and wincing) a little further round towards the quarry and Kaputnik spotted some frogs (or possibly toads). So i thought I'd squeeze a shot in.





    Two limestone silos, sadly horizontal.


    The remains of a narrow gauge railway, protruding over the edge of the quarry


    Sinking van


    Just was well I saw this on the way out :)
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    that place looks ace! good photos.

    what did you fall down?

    are you alright?

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    Love the pics, Crashmatt!
    dug up a bit of history on Middleton Mine...........
    it consists of 35 km of workings, covering an area of 1400 m west to east, and 800 m north to south, it's divided into 5 main production areas by normal faults ( i assume this relates to the grade or quality of the lime-stone)
    the method of working was 'room and pillar' with rooms 13m wide, pillars 17m square, extraction height 8mtrs,
    the 5 processes of production were.......
    scaling. loose rock removed from face, roof and walls mechanically or by hand,
    drilling. the face is then drilled to a depth of 4.8mtrs 66 holes in a wedge pattern,
    blasting. after drilling the face is charged using amonium nitrate, fired at the end of the working shift, each blast produced about 950tonnes and advanced the face 4 to 4.5 mtr,
    loading. a face shovel filled 30 ton dump-trucks which hauled the stone to an underground crushing/screening plant.
    crushing and screening. the u/ground plant produced a feed for middleton surface mine, hopton plant, and a screened Aglime.

    end use, the mine produced a range of products varying from 125mm to 150 microns (v fine dust!) these supplied industries as varied as glass making, sugar refining, vinyl floor coverings, fertilisers, rubber and plastics production, and other ind. uses.
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    Sorry to be pedantic, but if they were extracting limestone, then its a quarry not a mine :)

    Phil

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    Exellent work chaps Cool place this and huge, glad you all got out relativley unscaved. Nice pics too.:)

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    Good stuff, it looks massive in there.

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    Very cool explore with lots of interesting bits to look at. Excellent photos...loved the 'Daylight!' pic especially. Good stuff! :)
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    Forgot to say...they're toads (note the warty lumps on their backs!).
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    Havoc - Thanks, it was a good place to look around, I would like to go back to go along some of the flooded tunnels. The ground is *very* soft in there though - need a variation on snowshoes, I think!

    Mat - Thanks, I'm quite pleased with some of the photos. I fell when my anchor point gave way on the exit, bit of a drop. A bit sore and bruised today, but otherwise ok :)

    Cuban - It's a great place to have a wander around, huge open spaces - obviously very dark :)

    Foxy - The "Daylight!" bit is great, a massive conveyor belt leading up into the roof and wide open spaces. Thanks for the info re frog/toad, I know bugger all about plants and animals :)
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    It's a cool place this, I've got a rudimentary map of it all somewhere, been meaning to get back for ages.

    Nice one.

    TnM :)
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