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Posted: 23/07/2020 22:35:28
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Evening all,

This is my first post on this forum so apologies if I'm breaking any rules. I've read through and don't think I am.

Whilst out on the boat yesterday my Dad and I spotted a small opening in the cliff above a small isolated and tidal beach near Soar Mill Cove. The opening was highlighted by a stream of what we think is rust coming out of the cave and down the cliff.

We decided to beach the boat in this small cove to go and investigate. Upon closer inspection and a little wonder inside, we decided the cave was more of a man made tunnel.. We didn't go any deeper as we only had flipflops and a phone torch and thought we could go home and find lots of details and photos online..

After an hour of research online we have found absolutely nothing.. does anyone recognise this tunnel/cave or know anything?

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Posted: 24/07/2020 06:38:32
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Welcome to AN Smile

Buy yourselves a couple of hard hats for about a fiver each, couple of decent torches, wellies etc and go and explore it? Thumb Up

Meantime, no idea about that part of the world myself but someone will be along soon who will know Laugh



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Posted: 24/07/2020 08:49:14
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I have just checked the 1887 and 1905 Ordnance Survey maps as far north as Lantern Rock and there are no mines shown. However "Soar" appears to be a corruption of "Sewer", but I would not draw anything from that, its after a hamlet of "West Sewer". Change of name understandable.
It is a an adit of some kind, but in view of the absence of anything on the old maps would guess that its no more than a trial.
Certainly the mystery one.

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Posted: 24/07/2020 08:50:05
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Hello,

I had a look at this adit many years ago - dodgy landing by sea kayak on rocks below the entrance was interesting.
IIRC we trudged in for a reasonable distance to a dead end, but it was so long ago I've forgotten.
Like you, I trawled through the internet trying to find any information but without success. However, years later I found some info on it in a mining reference book.
I'll post some details when I've worked out which book it was...

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Posted: 24/07/2020 09:09:52
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Dines?

I will take a look

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Posted: 24/07/2020 09:23:05
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Cant find anything, will leave it to you.

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Posted: 24/07/2020 10:51:48
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Yeah, I checked Dines too but couldn't find it either.
I think it was a more specialist book about mines in the South Hams or something.
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Posted: 24/07/2020 11:28:04
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Seems to have been a failed copper mine (as it was actually iron pyrites), there are a couple of other workings mentioned in the links that don't appear to be on here either:
https://ukcaving.com/board/index.php?topic=26791

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Posted: 25/07/2020 13:24:57
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Iv'e been in this. Interesting climbing down from above as pretty hairy! I believe it was a scam, as nothing was mined and other than some iron lodes nearby, not an area known for copper.
Inside is ochrous and barren with a little timbering near the end.
Stunning coastline anyway! Big Grin

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Posted: 26/07/2020 18:59:56
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It was Hamilton Jenkins book that mentioned it.
Eastons Mine, a copper trial started in 1770 at the foot of an almost inaccessible cliff by John Easton of Dodbrook.
'The promoter gained nothing from his enterprise save the empty honour of leaving the shaft his name'
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