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Underground Scenes

Hand Winch

Spectacular colours in this photograph of a long abandonned winch are exaggerated by bright gas discharge lighting.

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E Floor Landing

NEW! Submerged slate wagons, Cwmorthin E floor.

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Arched Adit

The passage of time has had little effect on this fine example of the stonemasons work.

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Slate Bogie

The passage of time, and rot, work together to consume this abandonned slate wagon.

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G Floor

NEW! Contrast of rock textures, Oakeley G floor.

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Looking to Daylight

There is very little underground at Dinorwic slate quarries, but this short section of tunnel attracted my interest for the complex patterns in the slate.

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Barrel

An abandoned relic of an industrial past.

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Mochyn

NEW! The counterbalance 'Mochyn' (pig) on the 3/6 incline at Rhosydd.

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Reeds & Reflections

Looking to daylight at Diffwys, the greens of moonlit grass reflect in the water.

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Ore Flat

Rather than vertical veins, the lead was often deposited if horizontal 'flats' in the lead mines on the North Pennines.

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Twin Tunnels

Combination doorways on the Rampgill Scaleburn Vein.

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Arching

A long exposure in this half arched section of Bunton Level exaggerates the flow of water underfoot.

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Wagon

This slab wagon will haul no more.

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Windy Billy

An old ventilation fan lies abandoned, to breath no more.

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Axel

A single slate wagon axel, showing the double flange and floating wheels that allowed wagons to negotiate uneven track.

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Cage

The cage is slowly rusting, suspended above its shaft now flooded to the collar.

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Wheel

The underground waterheel, a spectacular Mid Wales relic.

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Timber Props

Timber props, standing and collapsed at Benallt mine near Nantlle.

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Half Arch

The stone arched passages of Nenthead have lasted hundreds of years.

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The Square Window

Shattered glass, and shattered machinery beyond viewed through the window of a below ground office.

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TTOD

NEW! The fabled Timbered Tunnel of Death on Oakeley F floor.

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Flooded Level

NEW! Timbering in this partially flooded level of Mona Mine, Anglesey.

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Stonework

Magnificent Nenthead arching.

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Girders

The more modern method of support.

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Lift Cages

The lift cages at Bwlchglas lead mine.

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Pump Rods

NEW! Massive pump rods descending hundreds of feet in this North Wales metal mine.

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Rhosydd 5/9

NEW! Ruined machinery from the Rhosydd 5/9 counterbalanced incline.

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Crane

One of the many cranes to be found in Box stone mine.

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Smoke Flue

The Cwmorthin floor 2 adit, the 'smoke flue', slate block arched for the first hundred yards or so.

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Slate Bogie

NEW! Partially submerged on Cwmorthin E floor.

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Horse Gin

The famous Rampgill horse gin, once used for hauling material up from below.

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New Ground

An attempt to gain new ground in Cwmorthin saw floor 4 being reached, but in which vein?

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Wet Level

Shale falls are now resulting in backed up water in many North Pennines mines.

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Old Vein D Floor

A long abandonned truck on Cwmorthin D floor, Old Vein.

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Light & Tide

Oakeley H floor, dry at the time, and with halogen lighting making this rusted chain look like a golden stalactite.

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The Cog

A unique feature in Welsh slate, the slate and wooden 'cog' at Moel Fferna shown in stark contrast through black and white.

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Shale Bands

Nature is slowly reclaiming her ground in the abandoned mines of the North Pennines.

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Explorers

Croesor Rhosydd Link

An explorer pauses on the modern ladder bridge installed over the second flooded chamber of the Croesor Rhosydd through trip, this bridge is lost now to a roof fall.

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The Squeeze

Never one to give up on an explore, Brian returns from a deeper section of a Welsh gold mine.

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Engine Room

This large underground engine room in the North Pennines was for some reason painted black.

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Copper Formations

Drainrat pauses alongside the copper formation at Drws y Coed, a copper mine recorded as being worked by Cornish miners as far back as 1761.

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Bridge of Death

Pausing part way across the second of the extant original bridges on the Croesor Rhosydd through trip, a traverse made much easier for latter day explorers by the installation of fixed safely lines.

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Inky Blackness

Abseiling into dinghies to begin the Chamber of Horrors crossing on the Croesor Rhosydd through trip.

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Over the Edge

Starting the long descent from Cwmorthin floor A into a rarely seen section of the Back Vein on floors C and D.

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Above Ground

Cwmorthin Barracks

NEW! The ruined Cwmorthin barracks with the Wrysgan tips in the background.

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Red Blondin

Rusted for eternity to the cable, the afternoon sun, and some Photoshop trickery, play on this long abandonned blondin at Dinorwic slate quarries.

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Light & Shadow

Evening sunlight plays on decades of built up dust.

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Axle

Time for a new set of tyres.

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Dereliction

A row of saw tables, most still largely intact. Ventilation was a late addition to these tables, and the reward for many of the men who worked them, an early death from silicosis.

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Abstract

Shattered Slate

Never listen to anyone who says slate is grey; blue, purple, black, green, red even, but not grey.

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Water Droplets

NEW! Thousands of glistening water droplets on a tunnel roof.

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Generating Detail

Detail shot of part of an electrical generator at Dinorwic slate quarries.

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Tilghmans

Close up of the maker's inscription on this mighty piece of machinery at Dinorwic slate quarries.

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