Long Rake Fluorite Mine 30th January 2011

Filed under: Mines,Underground — j3bu @ 12:00 pm

Opening in 1867 the Long Rake Spar Fluorite Mine was a calcite mine and a lovely trip.

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Holme Bank Mine 6th March 2010

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Explorers: Thompski, j3bu

Opening in 1902 Holme Bank was a Chert mine that closed between 1960. It’s a nice little mine in a beautiful area.

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Middleton Mine 27th February 2010

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Middleton Limestone Mine was a limestone mine (with a secondary smaller lead mine) opening in 1959 and finally closing in 2005. With 40 staff (16 working underground)

5 levels and between 30 and 75 miles of road ways doesn’t even begin to describe the scale of this place. She’s a big lady.

Awesome.

Further Reading:

Wirksworth.org.uk

Click here to view the Middleton Mine gallery