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Engine Vein
Engine Vein has been worked since the Bronze Age. It was last worked in the late nineteenth century. It exhibits a wide variety of interesting geology.

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Sub-headings

    Surface and entrance passage
    Pot Shaft and the Roman workings
    Underground workings
    Blue Shaft and the Hough Level


Surface and entrance passage
Engine Vein surfaceEngine Vein in winterBronze Age workingsBronze Age workings viewed from below
Engine Vein surfaceEngine Vein in winterBronze Age workingsBronze Age workings viewed from below
Digging Balloon ShaftDigging Ring ShaftDigging Bear Pit - the winchDigging Bear Pit
Digging Balloon ShaftDigging Ring ShaftDigging Bear Pit - the winchDigging Bear Pit
The Vein concreted over after cleaning off the material that had built up over the yearsNew entrance (before enlarging)Inside the entrance passageAzurite spheres near the entrance
The Vein concreted over after cleaning off the material that had built up over the yearsNew entrance (before enlarging)Inside the entrance passageAzurite spheres near the entrance

Pot Shaft and the Roman workings
Pot Shaft archaeological digPot Shaft archaeological dig with DCC members working on itThe days the coins were foundThe Roman coins
Pot Shaft archaeological digPot Shaft archaeological dig with DCC members working on itThe days the coins were foundThe Roman coins
The Roman level before excavationThe Roman level after excavationThe Roman level after excavation looking back into the main passagePot Shaft from below
The Roman level before excavationThe Roman level after excavationThe Roman level after excavation looking back into the main passagePot Shaft from below

Underground workings
Steps placed in the mine to make easier access to the Roman galleryUnder the concreteUnder the concrete - the white is fungusUnder the concrete capping.  Semi-pillars on the right support the roof.  The wooden steps are behind the figure.
Steps placed in the mine to make easier access to the Roman galleryUnder the concreteUnder the concrete - the white is fungusUnder the concrete capping. Semi-pillars on the right support the roof. The wooden steps are behind the figure.
Timbering in the main passageTimbering in the main passageStarting down the steps from the foot of the ramp, heading for the main chamberAt the start of the bridge
Timbering in the main passageTimbering in the main passageStarting down the steps from the foot of the ramp, heading for the main chamberAt the start of the bridge
Approaching the bridgeOn the bridgeVisitors on the bridgeShotholes in the hanging wall beyond the bridge
Approaching the bridgeOn the bridgeVisitors on the bridgeShotholes in the hanging wall beyond the bridge
Beyond the bridgeThe high level bridge at Bear PitOld workings on the veinIn the main chamber, looking east towards the bridge and the entrance
Beyond the bridgeThe high level bridge at Bear PitOld workings on the veinIn the main chamber, looking east towards the bridge and the entrance
The archway into the chamber at the west end of the mine.  The ladders leads up to some passages close to the surfaceRipple Roof ChamberA low crawl at the top end of the mineWest End extension
The archway into the chamber at the west end of the mine. The ladders leads up to some passages close to the surfaceRipple Roof ChamberA low crawl at the top end of the mineWest End extension
West End extensionDigging Blue Shaft passageDigging Blue Shaft passage - laying the railwayDigging Blue Shaft passage
West End extensionDigging Blue Shaft passageDigging Blue Shaft passage - laying the railwayDigging Blue Shaft passage
Digging Blue Shaft passageFault in Blue Shaft passageThe fault in Blue Shaft passage - this is the smooth wall on the rightTop of Bear Pit
Digging Blue Shaft passageFault in Blue Shaft passageThe fault in Blue Shaft passage - this is the smooth wall on the rightTop of Bear Pit
The coffin level above Blue ShaftA person giving scale to the coffin levelCrawling in top level of mine, close to the surfaceIn the top level of mine
The coffin level above Blue ShaftA person giving scale to the coffin levelCrawling in top level of mine, close to the surfaceIn the top level of mine

Blue Shaft and the Hough Level
Blue ShaftPart of the ladder way in Blue ShaftBlue ShaftBlue Shaft
Blue ShaftPart of the ladder way in Blue ShaftBlue ShaftBlue Shaft
Digging Balloon passageTipping down Bear PitBear Pit ore chuteBear Pit ore chute
Digging Balloon passageTipping down Bear PitBear Pit ore chuteBear Pit ore chute
The junction in Hough levelRing Shaft ore chuteRing Shaft ore chuteClay formation in Ring Shaft passage
The junction in Hough levelRing Shaft ore chuteRing Shaft ore chuteClay formation in Ring Shaft passage
The BoatGraffiti near the BoatMain chamber in Engine VeinBlue Shaft
The BoatGraffiti near the BoatMain chamber in Engine VeinBlue Shaft
Coffin Level near Blue Shaft   
Coffin Level near Blue Shaft   

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