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- Feb 16, 2015
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Holmebank Chert Mine
What an end to a day exploring some underground stuff,
been here before but didnt really get any photos so
was nice to spend enough time down there to get a set
and get to play with some lazers and s**t
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.
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