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Caplecleugh Shaft
Posted: 01/12/2016 12:20:17
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To further the Caplecleugh discussions, a lot earlier in the year when it was cold, I was over in the White Syke end.
At the 5m pile that used to be Caplecleugh shaft, there is a rise going on up which as well as the water coming down through a broken pipe had an evilly cold draught coming down.
There would appear to be an open link to surface there and with the water flow and other pipework presumably workings.
High Level doesn't get that far so what does? Anyone got any ideas?

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Posted: 01/12/2016 12:30:36
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Where abouts exactly Nick? Some stuff is open up that end.

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Posted: 01/12/2016 13:01:33
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Directly above Caplecleugh shaft, shown as Foremost Rise on your Caplecleugh West Side 2010 V2 edition.
Rise goes into the South Cheek (?) Little Limestone Level, looks like about 40m up from CC horizon so would be a very long job bolt your way up! The upper level doesn't appear in the plans

I was wondering whether the water coming through the pipe is the remnants of a water supply to the drills.

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Posted: 01/12/2016 13:28:36
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The rise has been explored by Heb and friends who may wish to comment.
I understand that it lead to a ladderway that eventually ended at a collapse.


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Posted: 01/12/2016 13:58:13
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Only 2 shafts I know to be open that end are Whimsey upon the Flatt (also known as Middle Whimsey I think) and Longholehead Whimsey - both to 100-110m but flooded. Lots of levels on way down though....

Hard going to SRT and explore - services of a winch are needed!

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Posted: 01/12/2016 14:34:01
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royfellows wrote:

The rise has been explored by Heb and friends who may wish to comment.
I understand that it lead to a ladderway that eventually ended at a collapse.



Yes, I've climbed the rise, with assistance from fellow MOLES - Colonel Mustard, Marra & the Late Martin Willey. The pipes come from a reservoir in a short x-cut part way up the rise. A further climb gives access to a level, which I think Roy, is a continuation of our 'Little Limestone' (LL) Level, accessed further outbye. A smaller diameter pipe runs down the rise & feeds the reservoir below . The level is badly collapsed both ways. I suspect the pipe, which exits from beneath the western roof fall (Only small - 6" diameter approx) is fed from old workings - Longholehead Whimsey was descended years ago by CATMHS and reported to be flooded part way down???
Considering the impressive size of this rise at the Low Level horizon, the top at LL Level horizon is rather insignificant looking!
My opinion on the purpose of the pipes, was to power a hoist, lifting loaded wagons from workings on Whitesike Level (the G. Limestone dips below Caplecleugh at this point) up to Caplecleugh, for tramming out to the main dressing plant at Nenthead (V.M. era?).
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Posted: 01/12/2016 14:39:51
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Thanks mate. I could not remember the description as you gave it to me from memory.

"Insignificant looking" stirs my memory of exploring the western end of the high level.
Remember the gas and bad air? At least its not freezing cold like the other end, I digress.

Anyway, there is a sump down to the little limestone level and I expected something sizeable, maybe SRT able. What I found was a small, possibly 3 ft square, timber lined and now very much all pinched in, manway.

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Posted: 01/12/2016 14:45:40
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Heb, do you have date for Longholehead descent? 1998 Minecam reports it open to 100-110m and flooded at that point.

Do you know if anyone been down either of these shafts in recent years?

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Posted: 01/12/2016 15:52:33
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Mr Mike wrote:

Heb, do you have date for Longholehead descent? 1998 Minecam reports it open to 100-110m and flooded at that point.

Do you know if anyone been down either of these shafts in recent years?


1986, they were able to get off at "a little over 200' " at an intermediate level (this doesn't appear to have held anything of interest), descending further they met water with no way off.

Middle Whimsey - is that the one in the wood? If it is, I do know someone who went down... from what he told me, nothing much of interest, but he still has nightmares Blink

There is another, (would need to look at a map) but much closer to the ones in the other thread, short sub level part way down, but choked at the bottom.
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Posted: 01/12/2016 15:57:07
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Heb wrote:


Middle Whimsey - is that the one in the wood? If it is, I do know someone who went down... from what he told me, nothing much of interest, but he still has nightmares Blink
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Whimsey upon the Flatt is the one at the end of the track in a triangular patch of field, Minecam refer to it as the Middle Whimsey, but has the same grid ref as Flatt.

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Posted: 01/12/2016 16:09:42
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That's it! Not a pleasant spot apparently. IP: 84.92.35.248
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Posted: 01/12/2016 16:18:25
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royfellows wrote:



Anyway, there is a sump down to the little limestone level and I expected something sizeable, maybe SRT able. What I found was a small, possibly 3 ft square, timber lined and now very much all pinched in, manway.


I remember that sump on the High Level (as well as the gas & bad air), it was on the right of the level, a few feet from the forehead. There was no sign of it on the LL Level.
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