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Posted: 30/06/2007 14:44:23
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I have been thinking about the 10 best Underground mine sites to see in the UK that every mine explorer should see at least once. I can start the list off with 3 suggestions. Does anyone have any others to add to the list ?

1/ Engine room in the Sir Francis Level.
2/ Engine room at the base of the Brewery Shaft.
3/ Underground waterwheel at Ystrad Einion Mine


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Posted: 30/06/2007 15:38:01
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Yeh I can think of a few, probably not to most peoples taste though. Ystrad Einion will complete all 3 underground waterwheels known to survive in the UK for me when I get there in August, done the one at bottom of Brewery Shaft and the infamous Allenheads one under the centre of the village.
Anyway my to do before I die...

Primeministers bedroom, Burlington/Spring Quarry
The reputedly enormous cellars complex beneath Paddington Green Police Station
Greenside Mine through trip
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Posted: 30/06/2007 17:43:53
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Boulby Potash Mine, huge, dry, salty and HOT! the walls at 40 derees C in places. IP: 88.111.127.50
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Posted: 30/06/2007 19:28:43
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sparty_lea wrote:

Boulby Potash Mine, huge, dry, salty and HOT! the walls at 40 derees C in places.


Give them a ring and put your name on the waiting list.
Fantastic trip and well worth the effort.
The trip down in the cage is awesome and the scale of the place has to be seen to believed.
And yes its bloody hot down at the working faces!
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Posted: 30/06/2007 20:21:16
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Yes, I've been before but I'll get there again.

We should organise a trip from here. If folks are interested I'll be happy to organise it.

Their trips used to be Thursday afternoons but I'd have to check if that's still the case.
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Posted: 30/06/2007 23:10:51
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Sparty if yoyr willing to organise this, please put me down for 2 places !

Thanks... Big Grin

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Posted: 01/07/2007 10:33:34
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bit off topic but jagman, Allenheads? was this recently or before it was flooded? I would love to go down the mine there.A friend of a friend had heard someone saying something about a new development with Allenheads ,although not what it was,lol, useful. I work in the village, its the most annoying thing to know your literally on top of a mine every day but you just cant get into it. Ive seen 3d maps of it and its absolutely huge, it would have to be my life time trip,although im sure theres more interesting ones to do too IP: 84.67.157.25
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Posted: 01/07/2007 11:12:32
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Nikki Scholes wrote:

bit off topic but jagman, Allenheads? was this recently or before it was flooded? I would love to go down the mine there.A friend of a friend had heard someone saying something about a new development with Allenheads ,although not what it was,lol, useful. I work in the village, its the most annoying thing to know your literally on top of a mine every day but you just cant get into it. Ive seen 3d maps of it and its absolutely huge, it would have to be my life time trip,although im sure theres more interesting ones to do too


Everything from about 70 feet depth is flooded in Allenheads. Fawside has a collapse and is inaccessable so there isn't really a great deal to see.
there are 4 water wheels under the village, one above the other sharing the same water source.
Access is not possible to the one above water, its litterally somewhere under the carpark in the centre of the village, I have a photo somewhere I will dig out.
On the plus side, I think that if Grove Rake was ever to be drained again it may have a dramatic effect on the water levels in Allenheads Wink
Lord Allendale has apparently expressed the point of view that to much poking around on his land will result in gates and concrete being employed so a great deal of discretio needs to be applied.
Would appreciate being kept upto date with developments there as I am out of the area these days
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Posted: 01/07/2007 13:25:54
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My current favoured achievment is a through trip that may or may not exist, best discussed in a dark smokey room!

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Posted: 01/07/2007 16:52:21
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I'll keep an ear out for any news.Im not too sure who owns the mine now, Probably the Wentworth family,although the east allenheads estate and the hall are now owned by someone else, the mine may belong to them now, which would be good as i know them.I shall enquire... IP: 84.67.157.25
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Posted: 01/07/2007 17:26:56
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Nikki Scholes wrote:

I'll keep an ear out for any news.Im not too sure who owns the mine now, Probably the Wentworth family,although the east allenheads estate and the hall are now owned by someone else, the mine may belong to them now, which would be good as i know them.I shall enquire...


Allenheads Hall and East Allenheads do belong to someone other than the beaumonts, the mine and associated building (together with a lot of the housing and some shooting areas) still belong to them.
I shall make a call this week and see if anything has changed but I shouldn't think so.
Various parts of the Beaumont's area belong to different memberas of the family, administered by Land Factor.
I know most parties concerned pretty well.
Difficulties have arisen in the last couple of years after a couple of instances of numpties leaving shaft caps uncovered so things can be a little sensetive.
Bearing in mind August is getting closer, the resident head keeper will be worrying about how many Grouse are gonna be available and will not welcome people poking about.
If you want a reasonable response I would strongly advise staying out of his way until well after shooting starts.
He has a serious go at me last year for being in the vicinity of Grove Rake, and he is a friend of mine!!!!

By the way, this is not Simply, I'm using his computer!

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Posted: 02/07/2007 14:11:13
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Nikki Scholes wrote:

A friend of a friend had heard someone saying something about a new development with Allenheads ,although not what it was,lol, useful.


If this was mere hearsay, it could maybe refer to the alteration of one of the old mine buildings into a multi retail outlet and something called an "Eco Spa" whatever that is. Building work is well under way from what I saw this Sunday

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Posted: 02/07/2007 21:52:55
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HMMMM,

Its SO secret I'm not going to tell y'all other than its on the west coast of Scotland................................... went there when I was a nipper, didn't realize what i was seeing at the time tho. Cursing

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Posted: 03/07/2007 10:20:09
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Wormster wrote:

HMMMM,

Its SO secret I'm not going to tell y'all other than its on the west coast of Scotland................................... went there when I was a nipper, didn't realize what i was seeing at the time tho. Cursing


Give us a small clue, Mr.W! Bored

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Posted: 03/07/2007 14:34:25
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Nimrod wrote:

Nikki Scholes wrote:

A friend of a friend had heard someone saying something about a new development with Allenheads ,although not what it was,lol, useful.


If this was mere hearsay, it could maybe refer to the alteration of one of the old mine buildings into a multi retail outlet and something called an "Eco Spa" whatever that is. Building work is well under way from what I saw this Sunday


No, i know all about that.The people who own the hall and east allenheads estates are making the old mine offices into a swimming pool.I work for them, during the shooting season, i also work at the pub where for months and months now we've had the people working on the building staying, looks like a long job,they reckon maybe another year.Not too sure on if it will be for public use as well as for their guests.At least its getting used though, it sat derelict as the village hall for years
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Posted: 03/07/2007 16:50:44
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Weelll Vanoord let's put it this way, it had something to do with megatons of "Instant Sunshine".

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Posted: 04/07/2007 08:39:28
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Wormster wrote:

Weelll Vanoord let's put it this way, it had something to do with megatons of "Instant Sunshine".



Ah you mean the large area of Glen Douglas surrounded in barbed wire where artics drive into the mountainside?
Nice place but they get upset with you if you try to take photo's Laugh
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Posted: 04/07/2007 09:55:50
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Yup that's the place.

Also managed to get inside Faslane and Rosyth dockyards as well.

its amazing how having a cousin who was a high ranking officer can open doors for you. Thumb Up

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Posted: 04/07/2007 15:46:11
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So the list currently stands at :

1/ Engine room in the Sir Francis Level.
2/ Engine room at the base of the Brewery Shaft.
3/ Underground waterwheel at Ystrad Einion Mine
4/ Greenside Thru Trip ( Not strictly a "Site" but suggested by Lord Jagman and I'm not going to argue the point 'cos he is bigger than me.)
5/ The waterwheel beneath Allenheads Village
6/ Boulby Potash Mine

All other sites mentioned in this thread have been excluded from the list because they are not mines. So 6 down 4 to go. Any more suggestions ?



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Posted: 12/07/2007 11:16:58
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Nimrod wrote:

Sparty if yoyr willing to organise this, please put me down for 2 places !

Thanks... Big Grin


And me please Thumbs Up Thumbs Up

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