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Thread: Smallcleugh Lead Mine, Nenthead - August 2008

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    Smallcleugh is one of the most well known lead mines in the North. It was started around the 1770s and mined by the London Lead Co. Operations ceased around the early 1900s.

    This is the Ballroom Flats. It is said there was a dinner party held here for the local masonic lodge




    Heading toward the Longcleugh Vein, the bright shiny stuff on the ceiling is actually water droplets. The entire roof is covered in condensation at this point:




    Looking past a shaft towards a fall:




    Some nice stoping. Forget which part this was now:







    Original 19th century miner's graffiti, I. Archer, August 23rd 1855:










    Nice archwork:






    Ore hopper:




    One of those lovely "crawl on yer belly" sections. Kneepads definitely required!:






    Note the different colour of the arch. The lighter stone is sandstone taken from the nearby Flinty Fell quarry:




    Ore hopper and airdoor:







    Junction between the Hard Crosscut and the Smallcleugh Cross Vein:






    Heading through the Hard Crosscut:




    Dangerous shaft!

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    Top stuff :)

    i like those arches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CHEWY View Post
    Top stuff :)

    i like those arches.
    Thank you. THe Weardale mines are renowned for their beautiful archwork. The skill and effort out into these never ceases to amaze me, and they are so straight and accurate too.

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    Always amazes me how they make such great things like the arches, then hardly anyone sees them.

    you won't get that these days, just a pile of concrete

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    Nice one mate. I love anything with the rails still intact. The different coloured arches look good. It reminds me of a ghost train a bit, You get the feeling the hanging skeleton is behind that door lol
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    Incredible stuff there mate. :)

    I can see now how this mine is special and why people are very keen to keep it open for all to see. The conditions under there are so different to the other mines we have visited in the area. Those miners must have been made of tough stuff in those days! Thanks for posting this up - I so want to see it now!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sausage View Post
    Incredible stuff there mate. :)

    I can see now how this mine is special and why people are very keen to keep it open for all to see. The conditions under there are so different to the other mines we have visited in the area. Those miners must have been made of tough stuff in those days! Thanks for posting this up - I so want to see it now!!
    Great! Well get some kneepads mate, you are gonna need them! George Hetheringtons Crosscut is about 60 metres crawling on the knees over rough stone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lithium View Post
    Great! Well get some kneepads mate, you are gonna need them! George Hetheringtons Crosscut is about 60 metres crawling on the knees over rough stone.
    I have some knee pads. :) Just gotta get permission to go out to play.

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    Gotta love those arches...that stonework is just so nice. A ghost train! Heehee...I can just imagine that now you've mentioned it, Phill. Good stuff! :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by phill.d View Post
    Nice one mate. I love anything with the rails still intact. The different coloured arches look good. It reminds me of a ghost train a bit, You get the feeling the hanging skeleton is behind that door lol
    Cheers Phill. The reason the arches are a different colour is that the lighter coloured stones is sandstone taken from the nearby quarry, whilst the grey stuff is the limestone from the mine.

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