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Home > Mines, Quarries & Sites > Roman Gravels Mixed Mine

Roman Gravels (Sawpit, Shelvefield Gravels, West Roman, West Roman Gravels) Mixed Mine (United Kingdom)


This mine site was used for demolition practice during the Second World War, hence little remains of the buildings. The remains of a pumping enginehouse can be seen on the east side of the road and this pumped from Old Engine Shaft, now completely crowned. The footings of a horizontal winder for this shaft are also present. Behind the engine house, the back walls of two ore bins can be seen and, above these, the partly-filled entrance of Day Level. It is possible to squeeze into the top of a loose stope which has been backfilled. A crawl up this leads to an open exit 20ft above. The course of Day Level can be traced up the hillside as a series of collapse depressions to New Engine Shaft, which is completely filled. In 1964, remains of a pump rod protruded from this shaft but these have now slipped down.

To the north is Boundary Shaft. It was open in 1960 but the tip has since been pushed down it, although subsidence is continuing. This shaft, although on First North Vein which branches off Roman Vein, was worked by the California Engine of East Roman Gravels Mine. Below Boundary Shaft are two others on Second North Vein. One of these is flooded to within 6ft of surface, while the other is blocked 25ft down. This was descended 40ft in 1964 to the top of a deep stope, described as unpleasantly loose. There was an adit in this area which was explored in 1964 to a waterfilled stope but this was not found.

Following the track from New Engine Shaft to Ladywell, a small ginged shaft on the Sawpit Vein can be seen on the left. It is blocked with rubbish at 90ft, with a small chamber and fault rift 75ft down. Further to the south, down the hillside is Spring Vein Pit. This large shaft is still open and the ditch along which the flat rods ran can still be seen. A video camera was lowered down here in 1993 and it was found to be flooded with no passages off above water level.

Roman Gravels Mine is known to have been worked opencast by the Romans around 120 AD. Three sets of opencast are present - a small one just to the north of Old Engine Shaft on First North Vein, a very large one 50yds to the south on Roman Vein and another small one 70yds further on Sawpit Vein.

The Hope Brook can be followed up the valley to the Roman Gravels tips, where it issues from a culvert. This is about 5ft across, with stone walls and a brick arched roof. For most of its 200yds length it is about 4½ft high with a paved floor. One 24" culvert (explored for 100ft until it narrowed) enters from the right about 100 yds along, before a collapse of the brickwork has allowed large rocks to block it. Most of the water enters a seepage on the left. The culvert is decorated with white stalactites up to 2ft long, with stalagmite columns up to 9 inches high.

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Roman Gravels Mixed Mine belongs to the Shropshire region.

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