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  1. Where to start! Obviously I won't bore you with history as it is all over this forum. We arrived here a bit late from London after having a nightmare on the trains, so we knew we had a bit of a flying visit due to the lack of daylight - although the clocks going forward helped us out! Managed to see a lot, including the tower and the padded cell. On the way out it got dark very fast, and the walkways and buildings can be very disorienting, especially when there are sagging/nonexistent floors all over the place. We were trying to get into the building we got in through, but we were in the one next to it, so coming back into the covered walkway a security guard who spoke very broken English and carried a large plank of wood caught us. We were walked to the nearest exit and waited with him and his partner until the police arrived. Won't go into that, but we got a lift to Epsom station! So not too bad. This is not a good place to be in the dark, mainly because you need to see where you are going, but also because security tend to be a lot more suspicious, and your torchlight gives you away! Pictures 1. 2. Grass on the first floor. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 9.5. 10. 10.5. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. Oliver GT. 18. 19. 20. 21.
  2. West Mine Alderly Edge 2010

    The biggest mine in Alderly Edge is West Mine and was worked during the years between 1857 to 1878, in 1858 there was a great discovery of an ancient gallery which clearly shows earlier mining had taken place well before this time although this earlier mining was very small compared to the activities of the Alderly Edge Mining Company, there were mining here for copper and cobalt which is Malachite (a copper carbonate mineral which is a green-colour mineral) and Azurite (a soft deep blue copper mineral produced by weathering of copper ore deposits) and also Asbolite (A black, earthy mineral aggregate containing hydrated oxides of manganese and cobalt) this was in one of the orebodys and in the second orebody was Lead in the form of Cerussite (known as lead carbonate or white lead ore) and in this small amounts of Silver was also extracted. The first mining type of work was by open cast in the years between 1857 to 1860 this created a vast quarry on the southern slope of Alderly Edge and within this was three mineral rich beds known as bed 1, 2 and 3 the beds were sandstone in-between these beds was barren rock with the ore in irregular but large patches and above the clay beds. Bed number 1 or the bottom bed was the most productive and due to this gunpowder was used to blow large chunks off the bed for the miners to brake up further to manageable sizes, to process the ore (copper and lead) a treatment works was built. By the 1860's the copper ore grade was around the 2.5% which was satisfactory for the mining company but by 1864 a fault was encountered, this had displaced the ore layers and this caused several problems, several exploratory levels were mined to find the ore mineralised rock again and this was done under the instruction of the mine manager. In the back end of the 1860's the ore became depleted thus the output from the mining company dropped dramatically and by the 1870's the cheaper imported copper brought a close to the Alderly Mining Company by 1867. Around the 1950's/60's the quarry was filled in and the mine entrance sealed. If you wish to gain access to any of the mines in Alderly Edge then you need to contact DCC and more information for all the mines can be found on there website at http://www.derbyscc.org.uk/ Very early pick marks... Looking into the Hour Glass....this for me was a real pain .....as i had to use a combination technique... Mine relics... Looking into the green dry river bed (copper deposits)....furthen through this is a waterfall now not been seen for over 40 years due to you can not get passed this bed without any damage.....thats a BIG no no !... A view to the roman gallery !... The purple is a very rare growth not found in any other mine todate !... Time to go deeper !... Hmmmmm don't think i'd smoke these... Free climbing a 40 foot vertical shaft..... The Roman level... Oh no the tight bit !... A view from the other side.....Tight bugger !... A laugh at my expence...............but I don't mind !... just click on the bottom pic for a laugh at me... This was a cool nice mine but i want a few days in her without coming up for light.....cheers Edd (DCC)..... Hope you like the pic's...
  3. A nice fireclay and coal mine dating back into the 1800's several entrances go into this system, the roof in most places is in average condition for its age but crumbly wallieeeeee is all over stemples rotting all over but with some nice rails for the carts and a few very nice carts as well, this place is very special as there is not 1 but 2 rare items not of any money value but historic value for mining they are drill stands which the hand drills were positioned on then the miner could drill the holes for blasting.... I am still drawing out a map of the full system which I will tag on to this post.....it will be some time though as bad weather means more collaps !. Adit 1..... not a good way into the mine.. Anyone for a go at caplunk !... Time to get out and enter via another .. Adit 2... looks good but once in drawn another blank !... Again too much crumble but looks better further in just a shame pushing this adit will lead to collaps... Time for the true way in..... Drill stand... Another part to the drill... A tree fossil in the roof.... Looks like the way out... Miners deads... A very nice passage... One of the turn table plates to send the carts off on different passageways... Pick marks..... Det cord... Mold growth... The only hole found todate for blasting... Time to look above the stemples and collaps... Hope you like the pics...
  4. Right decided with a few of the guys after they'd had a look at the oil mills upper week or so before when i just wasnt up to it too have a look at the oil mills west..interesting access as ever but once that was over come a very nice visit very huge roofs due to there at one point being 2 floors and the history of it imsure most of you all know by now..after that a quick visit to st.martins battery whioch last time my larger build friends gave up on and this time managed,its pretty burnt out down there but was allways going to have to be done anyways right was expecting my lenser cree torch to arrive this morning which it didnt so pics taken with the lighting ive had too use up and till now..on with the pics Right a few of st.martins!! right youve seen one deep shelter etc etc..but its one knocked of my list..thanks to the guys for the helping hand quite literally at oil mills and thats me done
  5. More of an organsied visit than an explore. I had seen the Catacombs on Cities of the Underworld on the History Channel and had always wanted to go and seen them in person. Brief History taken form Wikipedia: The cemetery was built on the site of the ancient Great North Wood, from which Norwood took its name. Although many trees had been cleared, a number of mature specimens were included in Tite's original landscaping. A tree survey of the cemetery in 2005 identified one oak which is thought to date from 1540-1640. Fourteen more oaks, a maple and an ash tree were identified that predate the foundation of the cemetery in 1836. In the first years of the cemetery's operation, these were joined by coniferous trees and evergreen holm oaks. The site originally included two Gothic chapels at the crest of the hill, but these were badly damaged by bombing during World War II. The Dissenter's chapel was rebuilt as a Crematorium while the Episcopal chapel was levelled, to be replaced by a memorial garden over its crypt. In 1842 a section of the cemetery was acquired by London's Greek community for a Greek Orthodox cemetery, and this soon filled with many fine monuments and large mausoleums. Grade II*-listed St Stephen's Chapel within the Greek section is attributed to architect John Oldrid Scott. Another section in the south-east corner was acquired by St Mary-at-Hill in the City of London for its own parish burials. Between 1978 and 1993 the cemetery achieved several levels of official recognition by being included in the West Norwood Conservation Area, while the entrance arch, the fine railings and 64 monuments were listed as Grade II and II* - more listed monuments than any other cemetery. However, space for new burials ran out in the inter-war years, and, deprived of this regular source of income, the cemetery company was unable to properly afford its upkeep. Lambeth Council compulsorily purchased the cemetery in 1965, and controversially claimed ownership over existing graves. Lambeth changed some of the character of the grounds through "lawn conversion", removing at least 10,000 monuments (including some of the listed monuments) and restarted new burials by re-using plots. Southwark Diocesan Consistory Court cases in 1991 and 1995 found this to be illegal and brought about the cessation of new burials, and forced the restoration of a handful of the damaged or removed monuments. In addition it required Lambeth to publish an index of cleared plots so that the current entitled owners can request restitution. As a consequence of the courts' findings Lambeth now operates the cemetery in accordance with a scheme of management under the joint control of all interested parties that includes Lambeth, the Diocese, the local Friends of West Norwood Cemetery and conservation bodies such as English Heritage. Notable interments taken form Wikipedia More than 200 people in the cemetery are recorded in the Dictionary of National Biography. The Friends of West Norwood Cemetery have recorded and compiled biographies for many more of these with: * a large number of inventors, engineers, architects, and builders, such as Sir Hiram Maxim, inventor of the automatic machine gun, Sir Henry Bessemer, engineer and inventor of the famous steel process, James Henry Greathead who tunnelled much of the London Underground, William Burges and Sir William Tite, gothic architects * many artists and entertainers, including: David Roberts, artist, William Collingwood Smith, painter, Joseph Barnby, composer and resident conductor at the Royal Albert Hall, Katti Lanner, ballet dancer, and actors E. J. Lonnen, Patsy Smart, and Mary Brough. * many notable medics, such as: Dr William Marsden, founder of the Royal Free Hospital and The Royal Marsden Hospital, Dr Gideon Mantell, the geologist and pioneering palaeontologist, and Sister Eliza Roberts, (Florence Nightingale's principal nurse during the Crimean War) * many sportsmen, including C. W. Alcock, founder of Test cricket and the FA Cup, Georg Hackenschmidt, Anglo-Estonian professional wrestler. There are also the 'Great and the Good' of the time, such as Sir Henry Tate, sugar magnate and founder of London's Tate Gallery, Paul Julius Baron von Reuter, founder of the news agency, and the Revd. Charles Spurgeon, Baptist preacher, Isabella Beeton (the famous cookery writer), who died at 29 in childbirth, to name but a few. The Greek diaspora is well represented, including the Ralli family, Panayis Vagliano, Rodocanachi family, and Princess Eugenie Palaeologue Useful link http://www.fownc.org/ (Our guide for the day also writes on this site) It was a truly amazing site, but creepy at times, especially when I came across a coffin from the early nineties in the catacombs that still had the remains of the flowers that had been put there by the mourners. Anyway on with the pics The crest on the main gate mentions connections to Canterbury Some of the monuments Now for the catacombs The Coffin lift (The chapel above has been flatterned and replaced by a rose garden, There are plans to replace the chapel) The Arms of the Catacombs Looking into one of the sealed Catacombs And then you turn a corner and come across these This was the creepiest one for me. These are the remains of flowers left on top of a coffin from the early nineties, Thanks for looking
  6. Visited this with the permission of the local RAYNET group who are based in this AAOR. Had a guided tour and a few sneaky looks around whilst our guide was getting different keys. With me on this visit was Hood_mad. Built in the 1950s as were many others, the roof has been re-covered as it had failed and the two original transmitter masts were condemmed and had to be demolished. They have now been replaced by a single mast which houses the RAYNET antennas and two sets of mobile phone operators equipment. The West Glamorgan CC used it for a while as its "war room" until, in 1986, it was passed onto the City and County of Swansea to be used as its 'Major Incident Command and Control Centre'. It is now used mainly by RAYNET for operational meetings and planning but also by some governmental bodies for training and document storage. The door to the upper West side is kept locked and the protected doorway on the lower East side is used as the main entrance / exit. The original generator was damaged when it was started with no oil. This is the replacement. All new modern switchboards, but they have kept the original Siemens incoming. One of the planning rooms. Central command room. One of the many tight corridors. An original BT switchboard. Old Marconi fire service communications. (not part of the original equipment) Original resources board. Fantastic cooker (didn't look used) Must say many thanks to the lads & lasses at RAYNET for allowing us access to this AAOR in fantastic condition. If you've got any spare time, they're always looking for volunteers, their website is HERE More pics HERE
  7. Visited with Mitch, Swamp Donkey, Maniac and Scrimshady Epic access!!!! funniest thing I've ever seen, sorry bout the dents in the roof of your car Maniac. Great to see this place again, and well played mitch for getting in
  8. Took a trip to Newton again, visited the West to check out some Pillboxes and what seemed to be anti aircraft placements, only got to see 3 out of the 4 Pillboxes. "Pillboxes 1" http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=52.957661&lon=-0.993727&z=18&r=0&src=msl "anti aircraft placements 1&2" "Pillboxes 2" http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=52.958643&lon=-0.989486&z=18&r=0&src=msl "anti aircraft placement3" "Pillboxes 3" http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=52.959926&lon=-0.981843&z=18&r=0&src=msl Almost gave up looking for this one, as it was so well covered with a bushes an needles, I was right next to it before I actually noticed it. "Pillboxes 4" Did'nt get to visit this one http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=52.958671&lon=-0.998967&z=18&r=0&src=msl Then I went to check out 2 buildings behind the dog kennels hiden away in the woods http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=52.960897&lon=-0.986964&z=18&r=0&src=msl Second building, which I could'nt get to...this time. Hope you can just make it out. http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=52.960802&lon=-0.987758&z=18&r=0&src=msl Sorry for the heavy pictures Will be planning another trip back, to get a in to all those Pillboxes, if anyone wants to join me just PM me an we can sort something out:) See the rest of the photo's here... http://s68.photobucket.com/albums/i18/Zoot337/Newton/Newton2/?start=0
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