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carnkie

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Posted: 21/05/2012 13:16:53
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This may well be a stupid or obvious question but would I be correct in assuming that a penthouse in a shaft was built to protect men underneath from falling debris? Or did it have another use?

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Posted: 21/05/2012 13:28:25
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Yes. The penthouse was to protect the men. They got to quite complex levels with layers of straw, etc. I have a section in a digital book about their construction.

I originally thought your comment was about the magazines which oddly enough find their way into shafts....Probably the same fairy who used to leave them in hedges and things.
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Posted: 21/05/2012 13:29:38
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carnkie wrote:

This may well be a stupid or obvious question but would I be correct in assuming that a penthouse in a shaft was built to protect men underneath from falling debris? Or did it have another use?


To the best of my knowledge you are absolutely correct. Debris or ore being raised actually. I believe that some shafts had these with trapdoors through which a laden kibble or skip would pass.

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Posted: 21/05/2012 13:44:29
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The reason I asked I've just been reading a newspaper article on the death of a miner in West Basset in April 1880. He was emptying the kibble when he was struck by a piece of timber that had fallen down the shaft. The penthouse above him had been knocked out by blasting three days earlier and not been replaced.

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Posted: 21/05/2012 17:19:28
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Great magazine, though not in the mining sense. I'l let someone else have a go with the inevitable puns.
Oops, Stuey has beaten me to it. Perhaps beaten wasn't the best word to choose but you get my point.
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Posted: 22/05/2012 18:49:45
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I assumed it was referring to this picture taken in Llechwedd:



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