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  1. History T.G.Green & Co Ltd originally operated from the village of Church Gresley, South Derbyshire between 1864 and 2007. More famous for their blue and white striped 'Cornish Kitchen Ware' produced from the early 1920's (then known as 'E-Blue') the pottery produced many hundreds of patterns from Yellow wares, Victorian transfer prints, colourful hand painted Art Nouveau & vibrant enamelled Art Deco patterns, Wartime utility pottery, avant garde Retro designs and many well known Brewery wares, employing up to 1,000 local staff at the height of production. Now, sadly, the old pottery site lays in ruins, the land under private ownership, never likely to ever see production again, the last of the South Derbyshire potteries has gone, although as it nears its 100th anniversary the traditional Cornishware is still manufactured and sold through a new T.G.Green & Co Ltd. Explore This is somewhere I have wanted to visit for some time so pretty pleased we eventually got around to doing it. Visited with @hamtagger. We got here and spent a little while just venturing round the site, there was a bit of activity from the far side but from what I could see there are various parts of the site being used. Not a hugely massive site but we spent quite a number of hours here. I really loved this place. Although a bit late on getting here and missing out on a few bits I have seen in various other reports there was still enough here to see and the decay is so much more established which made everything much more photogenic. Well worth a trip if you havent already. It was quite nice to see some finished products So, on with the pics. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 One of the companies they supplied to 15 16 17 18 19 Thanks for looking!
  2. A day out in the countryside, thanks for @hamtagger & @Urbexbandoned for the info Built in 1875, photo above from 1905, it was the farm house for a 97 acre dairy farm, on a large estate in the Peaks. Tiny little place, but some lovely stuff there. Will be going back when everything's greener for some more shots around the farmyard too.
  3. History I have done a little research on this place and not wanting to copy and paste as I usually do I have collated as much as I can to protect this little place. Built in around 1875 this little farmhouse was a thriving business with cattle producing milk for locals. Since around 1901 a family moved in to the farm, the parents died leaving their children to run the farm. The farm has been derelict for some years, I am not too sure how long but parts of it and especially the little trinkets & belongings have been preserved nicely. The farm land around it is still in use by local farmers who use it to keep their sheep and cows on the land. Explore Visited this place with @hamtagger , thanks to @Judderman62 for the info on this place Set in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside we parked up and set off on a little walk... amongst sheep and cows. They were no bother. Just before reaching the farmhouse there were 3 black cows looking at us. We went round a corner and I kept peeking out to see if they were still looking, they were. I was hoping for a stampede but they just looked gormless. I liked this little place, full of charm and character and it was visible that this was once a home. I originally thought when looking around that only men must have lived here, there were lots of things scattered about and not much seemed to have the female touch. It was only when I done some research on the place I realised that this little home was very cosy, a family home which back in the day would have in the daytime had that lovely freshly cooked bread and cake smell about it by a wife going about her duties. Anyway, small but perfectly formed it wasn't a massive place as you would expect from the size of the outbuildings (they had all collapsed or were close to it) There was no internal toilet, that was the first thing I noticed when I looked around. The ceilings were low as cottages normally are. The rooms were a nice size too. A fair house for one which dated back this far. In particular I liked the windows, they had that farmhouse feel to them. Accompanied by dingy nets which had been left to decay over the years it couldn't get any better. What I loved most was that at one point this little farmhouse would have been someones pride and joy, a family home where the farmer came home at the end of the day after tending to his cattle to rest for the night before a new working day. Now it still has that feel to it but instead is occupied by pigeons & spiders instead of people. Personal items such as the vanity mirror and teacup (see HT's report when he eventually gets around to posting). This was our first 'cottaging' experience and we quite enjoyed it. How the farm looked back in the day.. How it is today r One of my report isn't the same without my obsession for awesomely hideous wallpaper Thanks for looking!
  4. Hi everyone, Been having a look at the posts here for the last day or so it seems very friendly compared to the first forum I joined - everyone just enjoying each others posts. I must say the quality of reports here is very good. I've been improving my photography skills over the last couple of years and have constantly been thinking about doing some urban exploration as its easy to become bored of landscapes and macro shots! I did my first explore last week and am just deciding where to go next. Would happily tag along if someone wants a buddy for a visit around the Midlands! I'dappreciate the company myself too. Hope to see you around the board, Simon
  5. Day out with Antony Background; Ladybower Reservoir is a large Y-shaped reservoir, the lowest of three in the Upper Derwent Valley in Derbyshire, England. The River Ashop flows into the reservoir from the west; the River Derwent flows south, initially through Howden Reservoir, then Derwent Reservoir, and finally through Ladybower Reservoir. The dam's design is unusual in having two totally enclosed bellmouth overflows (locally named the "plugholes") at the side of the wall. These are stone and of 80 feet (24 m) diameter with outlets of 15 feet (4.6 m) diameter. Each discharges via its own valve house at the base of the dam. The overflows originally had walkways around them but they were dismantled many years ago. The bell mouths are often completely out of the water and are only rarely submerged, often after heavy rainfall or flooding. The building of the reservoir resulted in the 'drowning' of the villages of Ashopton and Derwent (including Derwent Woodlands church and Derwent Hall). Ashopton stood roughly where the road to the Snake Pass met the Snake valley. The buildings in Ashopton were demolished before the reservoir was filled, but much of the structure of Derwent village was still visible during a dry summer some 14 years later. The narrow stone Packhorse Bridge over the Derwent was removed and rebuilt at the head of the Howden reservoir. The clock tower of the church had been left standing and the upper part of it was visible above the water level until 1947, when it was seen as a hazard and demolished with explosives on 15 December. The Explore; Not wanting to waste a nice Saturday we decided to have a jaunt around Lady Bower and just happen to take abseiling gear... We were not planning this or anything promise A very fun day out and i wish to return soon. Pics; Made (Nearly stood on) a friend The res itself Thanks for looking
  6. Explored with Raz, FatPanda & Jord - Pic Heavy A Brief History of Bakewell Chert Mine Holme Bank was the last of two operational chert mines in Derbyshire the other being the Pretoria Mine, both at Bakewell. Access was from adits in a quarry at Bank Top and the steep workings extended beneath the road to connect with the earlier Greenfield shaft. The chert bed lies on a 1 in 3.7 gradient and the mine was subject to flooding in severe winters. Illumination was by mains electricity in addition to carbide lamps carried by the miners. Chert is a form of fine-grained, flinty silica most commonly found in veins in the uppermost beds of a limestone sequence. Chert was worked into tools in prehistoric times, easily shaped by chipping off flakes to produce sharp edges.The most useful role for chert was recognised about two centuries ago for the grinding of calcined flint, used as a whitening agent in earthenware manufacture. In 1772 the potter Josiah Wedgwood recommended Derbyshire chert as a major improvement over granite millstones, which left annoying black specks in the pure white flint. The chert bed was on average 9 ft (2.7 m) thick, though up to 18 ft (5.5 m) in places. It was extracted by removing the underlying limestone so that the chert fell under its own weight. A hoist powered by compressed air loaded it onto flat wagons, drawn to the surface by compressed air winches along a 1 ft 6 in (46 cm) gauge railway. The ‘waste’ limestone was built up into substantial roof supports. Early 19th-century extraction at Holme Bank was from quarries but commercial mining was in place by 1867, when the site was known as Bakewell Chert Mine. Later it was also referred to as Smith's Mine, after the owner. The workings consisted of an extensive system of passages with eight entrances. In 1925, 41 men were employed but 20 years later only 21 were at work. Approximately half worked underground. Between the two World Wars, mining broke out on the surface, enabling the chert to be quarried alongside limestone. In its later years Holme Bank met a considerable demand for poultry grit. The mine closed between 1959 and 1961 but a block-making plant, trading as Smith’s Runners, remained in operation, using existing supplies of chert. In recent years the few underground visitors to Holme Bank Mine have included cave divers, using the clear subterranean waters for training purposes. Almost 10 years ago the Peak Park Planning Board granted permission for the mine to be opened up to visitors but this plan has so far not been implemented. Heres a Video link to some guys diving in the mine; The Explore; So after an early start and a long trip to Birmingham of which i remember only about 15 mins due to being in the land of nod, we had already explored Birmingham Central Library and tried 2 other places, so on our way home Mr i love mines & cranes Raz suggested a mine! With low batteries and low energy we were rather unprepared but still we ventured on, arriving at the entrance (which you can't miss due to the tempreture drop of freezing air flowing up from the pit bottom) and doing a little sqeezing and we were in! We quickly realised that the roof was in a dire state and in some places it was actually being held up by rotten wood and stones stacked on top of each other. This made me very very uneasy and we came to the decision not to go too far in without any disagreement. Heres a few more of our adventures underground; Thanks for looking
  7. So most of you have seen this location before if you havent been already... but here's my take on the place. Explored with Raz & Jord Bit of background; Stolen from the internet and i cant remember where Willington Power Station was in fact two, almost entirely separate stations, within the same site. Willington ‘A’ and ‘B’ shared coal and water supplies, but had separate management and staff. The site was chosen for its close proximity to the Derbyshire coalfields via the mainline railway, and water via the river Trent. Work on Willington ‘A’ began in 1954, and comprised four 100MW generating units, along with two 425ft chimneys and two cooling towers Station A was brought up to full operating capacity on 10th July 1959, however the generator units were soon upgraded to 104MWs each, limiting the station’s spare capacity. At its height the Station consumed a million tonnes of coal a year. In early 1957 the Central Electricity Authority began work on Willington ‘B’, which comprised two 200MW units, equalling the capacity of Station ‘A’, one 425ft chimney and (oddly) 3 cooling towers. The Cooling towers are 300ft (91m) high, 145ft (43m) at their top, 218ft (66m) and 122ft (37m) at their throat. Each tower has an effective cooling surface of 858,000 square feet. Privitisation wasn’t kind to Willingon ‘A’. Units 3 and 4 were shut down in 1989, and finally unit 1 was de-synchronised with the grid at 18:00hrs, 30th September 1994. Meanwhile Station ‘B’ was effectively run into the ground, with the final unit being de-synchronised on 31st March 1999, ending 41 years of power generation at Willington. Although most of the site was demolished at the turn of the millennium, the five cooling towers continue to dominate the skyline of the local area. Explore So after months and months and months of trying to plan this location into a tour i finally managed to get around it. Firstly i would like to point out that i am still astounded by the sheer size of these things. If you clap while stood under one, the sound has an olmost loony tunes comical echo to it which amused me for a bit while my camera was doing its thing. While we were there it started lashing it down and if i was to give a little advice to anyone planning to go it would be this; "It rains for longer inside..." Few More photos Basically crucified this image with HDR - My bad... Thanks for looking
  8. Explored with -Raz- History from -Raz- report, hope you dont mind mate Milford was named for its river-crossing, on an ancient route from Derby to the Peak district. The power of the Derwent was used from medieval times to run a corn-mill, dying and fulling mills, and iron and scythe forges. Jedediah Strutt, a farmer turned hosier, recognised the potential of the site. Inventor of the Derby rib machine, Strutt owned a Derby silk mill, and had set up cotton mills in Belper. In 1781, he bought land in Milford to build a cotton spinning mill. It was one of a series of textile milles constructed on the Derwent between Matlock and Derby during the Industrial Revolution. These pioneering developments, which included the creation of new communities to house and cater for the workforce they required, are now recognises as being of international importance. The Milford Mill complex eventually included spinning, bleaching and dying mills, as well as foundries, joiners’ workshops, a gas-works and a corn-mill. The Warehouse, constructed in 1793, was an early attempt by William Strutt, Jedediah’s eldest son. To design a fire-proof multi-storey structure. Later, and more successful, attempts at fire-proofing are embodies in the Dyehouse building, near the bridge. Whilst almost all the early mill buildings were demolished in the 1950s and ‘60s, much of the associated industrial housing has survived. Many of these houses were built by the Strutts, from the late 18th century onwards, transforming Milford from a riverside hamlet into a company village. The Strutts also built the school, created several farms to supply produce for their workers, helped establish the village’s various religious and social buildings. The Explore; Not much to say about this one other than theres some really small holes under less than structually sound walls, and some really comfy car seats. decent mish out! Photos; If you got this far, thanks for reading
  9. Evening:D The Explore: Found myself up north this weekend, and the first place we visited was TG Green. After fighting through some brambles we found ourselves inside - it was a relativity relaxed explore overall, just wondering round at our leisure until we saw a jeep go by.. upstairs in the canteen, we saw it drive past again. security doing a patrol we thought? nope.. just a guy checking some animal traps, thankfully he was off as soon as he'd done that, and we slipped out the way we'd came with no bother at all. Loved this explore, had some amazing company and got some shots I'm reasonable happy with. History: Cornish Kitchen Ware was first produced in 1926 by T.G.Green & Co in Church Gresley, Derbyshire, a county famed for its pottery. The range’s special characteristic came from the lathe-turning process, which cut clean bands through its beautiful blue slip to show the white clay beneath. It was apparently this that inspired the name, since it reminded one T.G.Green & Co. employee of the clear blues and white-tipped waves of Cornwall. The range of kitchen and table ware, from the hooped plates to the iconic storage jars, was an immediate success and remained popular from then on. This inspired T.G.Green & Co. to produce more colours of Cornishware, and more ranges, including the spotted Domino Ware and the cream and green Streamline Ware. In the 1960s, Cornishware was updated by a young designer called Judith Onions. It says much for her skill and sensitivity that this restyled range was embraced as warmly as the originals had been. Over the past 20 years, the range has become highly prized by collectors, with the sighting of both rare original designs and Onions classics the subject of much excitement – and ever-increasing prices. The story was not so happy for T.G.Green & Co. itself, however. It had become increasingly difficult for the Victorian pottery in Derbyshire to compete in the modern age and, after a series of owners had done their best since the Green family sold it in 1964, it finally closed in 2007. Now, my flickr finally decided to work, so I can actually show y'all some pictures.. Now, I must apologies for the quality of this - it's the only external I got, and it's from an iPhone, oops! I was sitting on a ledge, ready to drop out of the site and head home when I turned around and took one last look, camera was already packed away and I didn't want to leave without a memory of the exterior, so this will have to do!
  10. Willington Cooling Towers The Explore Stopped off here with Fatpanda and Raz a few weeks ago on the way home from our primary targets and the sheer size of them amazed me. I would highly recommend giving these an hour of your time if you're ever in the area. The echo was crazy too, I spent quite a while shouting expletives upwards to amusingly hear them rebounding around The History Robbed from Paulpowers In the 1950s, two coal-fired power stations were built on a site off Twyford Road, between Willington and Findern. The stations were privatized and sold to National Power in the early 1990s and eventually closed in the mid-1990s. Although most of the stations were demolished at the turn of the millennium, the five cooling towers continue to dominate the skyline of the local area. The site is earmarked for a large residential development, pending the results of a public inquiry. The construction plans have been met with local opposition, perhaps due to the site's proximity to the River Trent's flood plain. In the mid-1990s a pair of peregrine falcons nested in one of the site's huge cooling towers. Unlike many bird of prey breeding sites, this was widely publicized because of its impregnable location. The Pictures 1. I had to walk back about 40 miles to get these massive feckers in frame with my kit lens... 2. Just to give a bit of scale to these massive towers... 3. 4. 5/6. 7. 8. 9. 10. As always cheers for looking and feedback always appreciated
  11. Hey, as DRI seems popular at the moment, I thought why not. Photos are from a series of visits, so things have moved, been more damaged or just changed. This is relfected in the photos, as the microscopes move every time I've been. I'll skip the histoty and say sorry in advance for the large number of photos! Enjoy!
  12. First report on here! First full proper road test of the new camera, so please be patient whilst I go through some new learning curves! After an early start (well, for me anyway!), had a full day’s explore here. And we needed it – its huuuge. I can see how you can get lost here due to its size and multiple levels. The buildings vary in age, from the Victorian era, to the modern concrete, to a recent extension dating from 1995 (hope that wasn’t a waste of money then.) Some bits are trashed or pikied, whilst others don’t look too bad. Whilst a lot of rooms were empty, I was surprised at some of the expensive medical equipment left here. We only encountered one other person in the building; who walked round the corner, and gave us all a heart attack. He was taking some video footage for a project of his. We explored everything from the operating theatres, to the wards, canteen, security office, accommodation tower & the morgue. A good day’s Explore, with Leicester urban XP & Nightvision. history Derbyshire Royal Infirmary (DRI) was established in 1810 on land formerly part of Derby's Castlefield estate on land near what is now Bradshaw Way and the A6 London Road. It was known as the Derbyshire General Infirmary at the time. In 1890 a Typhoid outbreak sweeped through the hospital, and the buildings design was blamed. The hospital was entirely demolished. A year later Queen Victoria laid the foundation stone of what would become Derbyshire Royal Infirmary. The neo-Jacobean building was completed in 1894, and its main features were its 'Onion' shaped domed towers and its central corridor which ran the length of the hospital. The hospital was expanded at several points in the 20th century, the most visible being the still used Wilderslowe Tower and the now disused A+E building built in 1970. The DRI as a result is an architectural mish-mash with the original hospital at its heart. In the late 90s, the NHS Trust's for each hospital in Derby merged, and drew up a dramatic plan to consolidate the services of both hospital's on one site. The so called 'super hospital', soon to be known as the DerbyRoyal Hospital is one of the largest in the region. operating theatres this looks expensive... security office children's ward The Morgue And finally the view from above Thanks for looking, and I hope this report is acceptable
  13. How not to do a mine trip... History Middleton mine spans a site approximately 168ha of land and is made up of 26 miles of tunnels across 3 levels. From the 18th Century until the end of World War 2, Middleton Quarry produced high quality limestone capable of taking surface polish, for use in monuments and other ornamental products. After declining demand for such products the quarry began to switch its production to powders, grits and filters for use in the steel, glass, asphalt and sugar refining industries. Stone was extracted by underground blasting and passed through a primary crusher before being transported to the surface by dump trucks for further processing. Our Visit This was my first underground explore and I really enjoyed it despite the early evacuation at around 2am (we’ll get to that later). I was invited along on a mine camping trip and told, bring beer food and fireworks! True to form I blew about £50 on 5 or 6 large fireworks and packed enough beer to get a horse drunk along with some food and all my camping gear (i would come to regret the amount of gear I brought later). After making our way inside we walked single file with only our torches to guide us for about 2 miles or so, I then became a little tired carrying probably in excess of 40kg of stuff packed awkwardly into multiple bags. I took 5 for a rest and a couple of the lads hung back. after i got back on my feet, we soon realised we were lost, the rest of the group (the ones who knew where they were going) must not have noticed we had lagged behind. We carried on, dropping glow sticks to mark our paths turning down various tunnels at junction points with various routes to choose from blindly trying to find our way to the proposed campsite without a map or a clue as to where we were heading. Finally after about an hour or so and almost giving up and pitching out tents after firmly believing we were probably lost and going to die down there, we saw a light. We had basically gone in a long circle and made our way to the camp site which was probably 5 minutes from where we had first become displaced from the group! Fun times! We set up camp and wonder off to take photos before regrouping for a few fireworks in one of the taller parts of the mine which spanned 2 levels. Watch the video below to hear how loud the main firework was (end of the video), in hindsight probably not the best idea I’ve ever had but damn was it fun! After some of the other guys took part in some abseiling, i got my head down and in the tent for a for zzz’s only to be awoken by Travis shaking my tent frantically from the outside! “Get up we’ve got to evacuate†he shouted. I opened the door of the tent and it instantly filled with thick smoke. We all quickly grabbed out tents throwing everything inside and retreated down to a deeper level of the mine to catch out breath and pack our bags before making a swift exit. We made a couple of trips back to the campsite to get a few remaining bits but it was so thick with smoke you could see more than a meter infront of you even with the P7! From what I gather someone had put a camp bed or an airbed of some description on the camp fire which had resulted in a thick most likely toxic smoke being emitted before the fire was quickly extinguished causing even more smoke! After we rapidly walked to the exit we pitched up the tents outside while some slept just inside the entrance point. On with the photos... Oh and dont forget to check out the video link to the firework display: http://youtu.be/xCfR03H6wdU 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. Thanks for looking and stay safe more photos here: http://www.proj3ctm4yh3m.com/urbex/2013/08/12/urbex-hopton-wood-stone-quarry-aka-middleton-mine-derbyshire-july-2013/ p.s. underground is a little out of my comfort zone in terms of photography so go easy on my poor shots you subfloor dwellers
  14. This was built ( presumably ) at the end of the 18th or early 19th century, and was known as Chisworth Works. They were cotton band manufacturers. It's also had It's fair share of extensions in the past, which probably took place before 1857 as the buildings remained the same on maps up until 1973. In 1973 It became a Dye & Color Pigment Works known as E.P.Bray's. And I kid you not! This place is more akin to a Slaughter House All will become clear folks. At the front there is a row of cottages that were used for the workers. The reception was in one of these. The company started to wind up In 2006, It was dissolved/liquidised and closed in September the same year. Visited with my other half, and shots from both of us. Nice relaxed trouble free explore. The reception and enquiries. Capturing the moment. Overgrown back gardens, and a chicken coop? Remember me mentioning the Slaughter House! Could easily pass as one. Especially when It comes complete with drainage channels. I would imagine the site will will be deemed contaminated for a long while once It's gone. Dye stuff everywhere. Makes for some nice arty shots though. And the color continues..... The lonesome Urbex Chair. Room with a view. The extinguisher shuffle. The dirty area. And those rather fine wellies to finish with. Ta for looking.
  15. No history or name for this and as everyone is going all European and code naming sites I'll call it Boeuf Rideau House. I've known about this one for a while but CBA always sets in when I'm passing but I decided to make a bit of effort today to pop in. The bed upstairs had been slept in and there are food wrappers and beer cans/bottles about the place so I'm guessing squatters Worlds ugliest bathroom
  16. I have been a bit quiet with getting out with my camera of late due to work and other commitments. Hopefully this will be the start of more reports for you lucky people [sarcasm]. Here is a little house my best mate told me about [skankypants]. I met him there and we had a look round, it was roasting hot in there like the heating was still on [but it wasnt obviously]. I think this is owned by the company that has the builders merchants next door as its pretty much on their industrial site. Deceptively big and very dark in places, it still had some interesting features. Here are my pictures, Im sure Skankypants will add some of his soon... *HDR Warning* More on my Flickr. Thanks
  17. This was a place we had wanted to visit for a long time so when it got mentioned in memory of DHL that a group of people would be getting together up here i jumped at the chance.. So myself UrbanGinger SpaceInvader met up with PaulPowers and headed in ,then met way too many people to name if i could remember who everyone was.. Nice to meet up with old and new faces..RIP dave Sorry i didnt get round to the abseil pitch that was set up my head was way to spinny for that.Great evening was had ,Thanks to all involved
  18. suicide mine derbyshire Aug 2011

    Well i have peaked into this opening several times many years ago, time to crack the suicide cave or have a bloody good go at least..... info..... suicide cave (horseshoe cave) length 137 mtrs grade 2 (possibly now grade 3) due to chimneys full of shale and boulders on the move. Obvious entrance on the right near the foot of Winnats pass with a second smaller entrance to the left, the first chamber we came into had a boulder slope to climb with a small traverse and deceptive 15 feet drop at the end, down this continued to the second chamber with a muddy crawl ending in a blockage, back to junction in second chamber go right to the third higher chamber where we had to climb up over boulder chokes one after another until into a now bad chimney caked in spoil and very loose boulders, one slip here and its going to end up bad........now i know why its called suicide cave, a near vertical system small in size climbing up locking your back against solid rock and your feet and knees and hands/elbows trying to lock against a mud shale boulder wtf !.....our lass up above me dislodges a nice boulder and ffs hits me plumb on the head sending me and it further down the chimney, i eventually lock in whilst the boulder starts an avalanche below me oh no........ well on we go.......further up until we come across a hand line to aid our ascent through a vertical part and a tightish squeeze (well for a bloke of my size it was), a little further up and .........nick i hear from our lass....its going to get a lot tighter for several mtrs......oh F !!!, i look and think no way can i fit through there as it again was near vertical with mud all over, no foot holes too wide to lock against the walls and only slippy roof and floor to lock against oh did i mention tight too.....baaaaaaa reet time to back track and back out..... on with the pick's and less of my dribble..... across the traverse and rig the only pitch looks tricky better send moo down first ! Old hammer Looking up the first chimney Blue John Vein Hmmm old wood well wet and rotting holding big boulder up...looks good to me time to go up... time to come back the way we came in.....(last 2 are vids) we had a good day out and after ere we went to odin mine only to find a bloody major collapse 45-50 mtrs in which we thought oh F time to get outa here as this was not hear before...
  19. Info The last two operational chert mines in Derbyshire were the Pretoria Mine and Holme Bank Mine, both at Bakewell. Pretoria opened in 1902. Access was from adits in a quarry at Bank Top and the steep workings extended beneath the road to connect with the earlier Greenfield shaft. The chert bed lies on a 1 in 3.7 gradient and the mine was subject to flooding in severe winters. Illumination was by mains electricity in addition to carbide lamps carried by the miners. The chert bed was on average 9 ft (2.7 m) thick, though up to 18 ft (5.5 m) in places. It was extracted by removing the underlying limestone so that the chert fell under its own weight. A hoist powered by compressed air loaded it onto flat wagons, drawn to the surface by compressed air winches along a 1 ft 6 in (46 cm) gauge railway. The ‘waste’ limestone was built up into substantial roof supports. Between the wars the number of employees, which in 1905 totalled 38, fell to about a dozen and by 1964 was reduced to four, only two of whom worked underground. Commercial output from Pretoria ended in 1968/9 In view of the flourishing state of the industry, the reporter was highly critical of the 17 or 18 shillings (85-90p) a week paid to the hard-working miners. Some had 25 years’ experience and all worked long hours underground. In recent years the few underground visitors to Holme Bank Mine have included cave divers, using the clear subterranean waters for training purposes. Almost 10 years ago the Peak Park Planning Board granted permission for the mine to be opened up to visitors but this plan has so far not materialised. Visited with lio112, diehardlove and J4M35_UK Sorry for so few shots of outside, it was hammering it down and I desprate to get down the mine U74A Splitting! kinda unnerving Stanton 1946 View the rest here; http://s68.photobucket.com/albums/i18/Zoot337/Urbex/Derby%20Mine/
  20. What an awesome little place, loads of character and bursting with history. Visited with Maniac and Diehardlove. Lots of history here - http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/DBY/BygoneIndustries/ChertMining.html On with the pics! This was my first day underground with my new camera, and so far I am loving the results! Thats all for now folkes Shadz
  21. My journey started this morning, I was awoken by the distinctive BUZZZZZ BUZZZZ BUZZZZ of my awful bloody alarm clock that I've owned for 100000 years and loathed every rude awakening. Particularly in this case because last night because of the time I went to be, I also realised that my train to Leicester was 30 mins before the first bus of the day. But with stupid amounts of emotional blackmailing good'ole mum to the rescue. She got up at 6am to take me to the train station, what a legened eh? Parents, not quite as bad as they make out they are haha. "We will shortly be arriving in Leicester...Leicester our next station call..." Had arranged to meet Goldie87 at Leics train station at 8.30 and get a lift the rest of the way, cheers mate. I owe you. Funny access to say the least, I should have let you lot carry on going in difficult ways instead of point out the obvious... Anyhow, I'm sick of typing so here are the pics History... http://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&q= ... arch&meta= Pics Flame Resistant Suit FTW!!! Inside a kiln Medical Room Do want!!! And I leave you with a poor cat, that never did catch that god-damn mouse Also I made a quick vid of us hiding from security (who had dogs...) Hope you like Shadow