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Home > Mines, Quarries & Sites > East Grit Lead Mine

East Grit (East Grit, East White Grit, Foxhole, Gritt, Grit Hill, Old Grit, South Salop) Lead Mine (United Kingdom)


The Grit sett consists of two mines that have sometimes been worked separately in the past but at other times as one undertaking, viz White Grit and East Grit. The whole site has been worked extensively, producing a large confusing area of gruffy ground.

Rider Vein can be followed east from White Grit towards the trees on the hilltop. Three blocked shafts without names are encountered before Blue Pit, situated in a large spoil tip. On the way up, the unique circular magazine is passed on the right. Blue Pit is filled but the vein can be followed further up the hill, past some opencast workings and a collapsed shaft, to Rider Shaft on the other side of the fence. This small square shaft is open and is situated in a large spoil tip, which bears a circular depression which may mark the position of a horse gin. Rider Shaft has been measured in the past as 200ft to water, which suggests that Wood Level is backed up (calculated depth is 230ft below Rider Shaft collar). It was descended in 1994 to a blockage (including a dead cow) at 130ft. At 100ft there is a level off the shaft but this has collapsed after 5ft.

A short distance to the south is another unnamed shaft, now blocked, and a few yards to the north is an open stopehead. The latter was descended for 30ft in 1994 into an excavated vein. There is a squeeze into Rider Shaft and workings heading west for 40ft to a collapse. From Rider Shaft, the line of the vein can be followed to the remains of Old Grit engine house. The pumping shaft here is open but the three other shafts in the area, including Foxhole Air Shaft to the north-west and Bye Pit to the south-west, are blocked. Excavation of the tips at Old Grit has revealed that they consist largely of boiler ash.

South-west of Old Grit there are dressing floors and the winding engine house of New Engine (or East Grit) Shaft. This led to workings on Engine Vein, which intersects Rider Vein at Rider Shaft, but the shaft is completely filled. The engine house is similar to the one at Ladywell in that the rear wall contains a slot, presumably for a flywheel to drive winding or dressing machinery. The track from here can be followed back to the A488, near which it crosses over Dingle or Squilver Vein.

On the south side of the track, Dingle Shaft is completely blocked, though a large stream sinks in this area. Footway Shaft, just to the north of the track, is also blocked. On the brow of the hill, Hampsons Shaft is filled but Flat Rod Shaft is open to a rubbish infill at 60ft. The next shaft encountered is Stone Shaft, now blocked, followed by an area of gruffy ground in which Gardens Shaft and Old Shaft are located. The last shaft, Gough's Shaft, is by the side of the road and is blocked.

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Last updated July 6th 2008 by legacyuser
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Major Mining Region

East Grit Lead Mine belongs to the Shropshire region.

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