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Posted: 13/01/2016 23:26:50
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hi all , just wandered if anyone knows what's up the shaft with y scaffold poles going up it ? , in the middle level / main entrance , on the right hand side passage , I remember seeing what looked like another tunnel leading off at the top of the shaft ( we didn't climb up the scaffold as it was very loose ! possibly leads into the upper level /massive chamber somewhere ?Confused
any info much appreciated Thumb Up
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Posted: 14/01/2016 00:11:28
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Previous discussion, which does not alas answer your query, but which may be useful...
http://www.aditnow.co.uk/community/viewtopic.aspx?t=8314
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Posted: 14/01/2016 17:27:35
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Thanks for that Berty , I couldn't see any clues in their video , I suppose there's only one way to find out and that's to climb up the scaffold and find out Sad IP: 2.120.121.84
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Posted: 14/01/2016 17:28:29
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Aye. Have you tried descending the 'gloryhole' from the top? IP: 217.9.203.195
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Posted: 15/01/2016 12:52:56
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no we went into the upper entrance looked around in the main chamber but couldn't see any way on or out of there ( maybe we missed it ?) ,,,, what do you mean by glory hole ?
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Posted: 15/01/2016 13:54:33
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There's a quarry on the top of the hill with a shaft in it down which I assume they used to tip limestone to be extracted via the adit. In this manner...

http://wondersofworldengineering.com/wpimages/wp72010367_05_06.jpg

PS don't google glory hole.
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Posted: 15/01/2016 17:09:42
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ok thanks for that , and thanks for that ,,,,, I'll go and have a look some time soon ,,,, not on google ! Blush IP: 92.40.248.162
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Posted: 15/01/2016 17:31:50
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BertyBasset wrote:

There's a quarry on the top of the hill with a shaft in it down which I assume they used to tip limestone to be extracted via the adit. In this manner...

http://wondersofworldengineering.com/wpimages/wp72010367_05_06.jpg

PS don't google glory hole.


Of course we all googled it Thumbs UpThumbs Up

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Posted: 17/01/2016 16:02:41
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The quarry is now used by a farmer who keeps cows and chickens there. There are CCTV cameras EVERYWHERE! Crying IP: 81.129.230.199
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Posted: 17/01/2016 19:08:26
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oh well , another one bites the dust ,,, unless there's a way of Climbing up without risking all !!
maybe a teloscopic.ladder ? Blink
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Posted: 17/01/2016 19:26:16
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Telescopic ladder is one option. Another one is attaching 2 clamps to the 2 vertical pipes and sliding them up one by one, then drilling and bolting from the top.

Ladder is probably the easier option though...
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Posted: 17/01/2016 22:29:18
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Don't let a few dummy cctv cameras put you off....

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Posted: 17/01/2016 23:07:06
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Now I wonder why livestock and shaft may be ringing a bell? This bloke may be ok, but shafts do have a habit of acquiring ex livestock.

Shame, as I mentioned in older thread, there's some galena in the quarry.


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Posted: 18/01/2016 06:18:37
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BertyBasset wrote:


but shafts do have a habit of acquiring ex livestock.
Robin


Dead animals in the shaft at the top of the hill.
Drinking water from the adit at the bottom, been doing it for years!
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Posted: 19/01/2016 19:16:29
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Not sure why I missed the original thread.
The correct name for this working is Llangwstenin Limestone Mine. Formerly under the ownership of the Llangwstennin Limestone Company, number 00467412. Dissolved on the 20th July 1981 according to notifications in the London Gazette.
The mine is about a mile from where I live. It used to provide raw materials for the Portland Cement factory in Ellesmere Port. The limestone and Silurian shale were moved on belts to Mochdre station and then by rail to the factory.
To answer your original question, the poled shaft you referred to goes up to the large chamber (upper level) which you can see in Ian's video on the other thread.
Access the large and impressive upper chamber by walking up the hillside to the right of the middle level entrance as you look at it from the outside. The path is steep and tracks left over the head of the middle entrance. When it splits, the easiest thing to do is take the left fork and then bear right just as you leave the trees. Ignore the very small hole you come to first and you will find the entrance a little further to the right.
Once you have made the top chamber, traverse the narrow ledge (carefully) and make the bottom of the chamber down the scree. As you descend you will see a hole in the chamber wall about 20 feet up. This gets you to the top of the shaft.
I am guessing that at one time the spoil from the chamber was dropped down the shaft into the hoppers at the middle level.
The quarry above is substantial, and the u/g workings can be accessed from the quarry floor with ropes. The owner keeps racing pigeons and cows there, and the cameras are real Smile
It is worth remembering that the workings are on private land.
The mine is also a favoured bat roost during the winter months and the main chamber is home to a sizeable colony at the moment.

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Posted: 19/01/2016 21:04:51
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thanks very much for the info , , , just now wandering if there's a way down from the quarry - where does that end up ? in the main
chamber ?¿ Blink
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Posted: 19/01/2016 21:22:53
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Yes, very definitive post by Chris.

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Posted: 19/01/2016 21:28:58
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There are 2 shafts from the quarry into the large chamber. One of them is pretty much blocked, and the other is full of crap which has been thrown in there over the years.
I wouldn't fancy either of them tbh. They would both need ropes, which would probably end up sliced on rusty metal before you made the bottom, and in my opinion since you can easily access the bottom of them anyway the descent is kind of pointless.

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Posted: 20/01/2016 10:33:31
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ok thanks , I don't want to even go up there ( defiantly not now !) I just wandered where they would go / come out , thanks again for the info much appreciated Big Grin IP: 92.40.249.185
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Posted: 20/01/2016 10:41:58
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chrisataditnow wrote:

The owner keeps racing pigeons and cows there, and the cameras are real Smile


The racing pigeons are probably the reason for the cameras, I understand they can be quite valuable

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