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Exploration
These pictures show various projects undertaken by the DCC over the years.

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Sub-headings

    Brynlow Mine
    The Cobalt Mine
    Doc Mine
    Engine Vein - Blue Shaft Passage
    Square Shaft
    The Hough Level
    Bear Pit
    Ring Shaft
    Balloon Shaft
    Field Shaft
    Sand Shaft and Stump Shaft
    Temple Shaft
    Wood Mine
    West Mine
    Finlow Mine
    Other mines


Brynlow Mine
Clearing the leaf-filled gulley leading from the adit entranceAn improvised winch for working in the narrow sloping vein clearing in-fillTimber shuttering to hold back material that had been tipped into the mineA small diameter shothole found and photographed at the end of the adit
Clearing the leaf-filled gulley leading from the adit entranceAn improvised winch for working in the narrow sloping vein clearing in-fillTimber shuttering to hold back material that had been tipped into the mineA small diameter shothole found and photographed at the end of the adit

The Cobalt Mine
Tom's Shaft conveniently located inside the DCC museumLooking up the temporary ladder in Tom's ShaftOne of the smaller sections in the Cobalt MineShuttering in the Cobalt Mine where sand has slipped down from abandoned workings
Tom's Shaft conveniently located inside the DCC museumLooking up the temporary ladder in Tom's ShaftOne of the smaller sections in the Cobalt MineShuttering in the Cobalt Mine where sand has slipped down from abandoned workings

Doc Mine
Bricking up the connection between the upper and lower parts to prevent inexperienced visitors getting into danger.  The wall is now completely hidden by sediment.Building a new entrance on the old concrete slab over one of  the shaftsStarting to survey Doc Mine in 1973.  Note the antiquated compass on a tripod.A record photograph showing the current state of the mine.  Photographs are taken regularly showing how the mines change
Bricking up the connection between the upper and lower parts to prevent inexperienced visitors getting into danger. The wall is now completely hidden by sediment.Building a new entrance on the old concrete slab over one of the shaftsStarting to survey Doc Mine in 1973. Note the antiquated compass on a tripod.A record photograph showing the current state of the mine. Photographs are taken regularly showing how the mines change

Engine Vein - Blue Shaft Passage
Laying track below the bridge (which was not there at the time) to carry the infill to a dumpFilling tubs at the blockage near Bear PitChecking the stopping put in to prevent Bear Pit from spilling into the passage. This has since been removed as Bear Pit has now been cleared from top to bottom.A view of the stopping after clearing the main passage.  The pipe took surface water away from the working area.
Laying track below the bridge (which was not there at the time) to carry the infill to a dumpFilling tubs at the blockage near Bear PitChecking the stopping put in to prevent Bear Pit from spilling into the passage. This has since been removed as Bear Pit has now been cleared from top to bottom.A view of the stopping after clearing the main passage. The pipe took surface water away from the working area.
The teleferique at the top of Blue Shaft - an abortive attempt to clear the shaft which was eventually cleared from belowUsing Malcolm's tub and railway to work below Balloon ShaftTipping down Bear Pit (compare with the picture above when the stopping was still in place)The rebuilt ore chute at the bottom of Bear Pit
The teleferique at the top of Blue Shaft - an abortive attempt to clear the shaft which was eventually cleared from belowUsing Malcolm's tub and railway to work below Balloon ShaftTipping down Bear Pit (compare with the picture above when the stopping was still in place)The rebuilt ore chute at the bottom of Bear Pit

Square Shaft
Square Shaft was the key to exploring the Hough Level. It had to be cleared from top to bottom. However, at the bottom, the passage was found to be clear both ways.Putting the headframe in place. This dig preceded Bear Pit and a simple three-legged scaffolding frame was used.Setting the rings in placeLooking up Square Shaft from below. One of the unexpected finds were some of the 19th century track still in situ below the shaft.  These have now been placed vertically in the shaft.
Square Shaft was the key to exploring the Hough Level. It had to be cleared from top to bottom. However, at the bottom, the passage was found to be clear both ways.Putting the headframe in place. This dig preceded Bear Pit and a simple three-legged scaffolding frame was used.Setting the rings in placeLooking up Square Shaft from below. One of the unexpected finds were some of the 19th century track still in situ below the shaft. These have now been placed vertically in the shaft.

The Hough Level
Filling tubs at the face in the Hough Level. Clearing the Hough Level was seen as essential to clearing Blue ShaftTrack in the Hough Level near the entranceFinds included the remains of one of the boats used in the 1930s to carry visitors from Engine Vein to Brynlow.Graffiti near the boat. Modern graffiti is deplored but this gives the names of some of the visitors on the 1920s and 30s.
Filling tubs at the face in the Hough Level. Clearing the Hough Level was seen as essential to clearing Blue ShaftTrack in the Hough Level near the entranceFinds included the remains of one of the boats used in the 1930s to carry visitors from Engine Vein to Brynlow.Graffiti near the boat. Modern graffiti is deplored but this gives the names of some of the visitors on the 1920s and 30s.
A tub coming out of the entrance to the Hough LevelThe entrance seen from the main tip.  The timber bridge meant that side-tipping tubs could be emptied easily.The tip. The mound to the left is the 19th century tip which was not disturbed by our work.For a short time, a diesel loco was used to pull out the trucks. It turned out to be too heavy and was removed.
A tub coming out of the entrance to the Hough LevelThe entrance seen from the main tip. The timber bridge meant that side-tipping tubs could be emptied easily.The tip. The mound to the left is the 19th century tip which was not disturbed by our work.For a short time, a diesel loco was used to pull out the trucks. It turned out to be too heavy and was removed.

Bear Pit
Starting the dig on the Bear Pit using a pneumatic drill to break through the concrete.  A historic picture.One works, the rest watch.Laying the concrete around the new lid.General view of the Bear Pit dig in progress.
Starting the dig on the Bear Pit using a pneumatic drill to break through the concrete. A historic picture.One works, the rest watch.Laying the concrete around the new lid.General view of the Bear Pit dig in progress.
Keith operating the petrol-driven winchDerek supervising at the shaft top. The buckets were raised to the next level for emptyingTodge on the dumper waiting for a loadOn the headframe
Keith operating the petrol-driven winchDerek supervising at the shaft top. The buckets were raised to the next level for emptyingTodge on the dumper waiting for a loadOn the headframe

Ring Shaft
The early stages of digging Ring Shaft. It's presence was known from undergroundBringing in the rings that gave the shaft its nameRings in situDescending Ring Shaft on an abseiling rope. The second rope is the guidewire for the buckets being raised
The early stages of digging Ring Shaft. It's presence was known from undergroundBringing in the rings that gave the shaft its nameRings in situDescending Ring Shaft on an abseiling rope. The second rope is the guidewire for the buckets being raised

Balloon Shaft
Balloon Shaft after removing the old timber cappingThe new lid in place surrounded by shuttering and concrete being pouredMoving the headframe from Ring Shaft to Balloon ShaftDigging Balloon Shaft using the same technique as at Bear Pit
Balloon Shaft after removing the old timber cappingThe new lid in place surrounded by shuttering and concrete being pouredMoving the headframe from Ring Shaft to Balloon ShaftDigging Balloon Shaft using the same technique as at Bear Pit

Field Shaft
Improvised winch at Field Shaft where the field had collapsed into an old shaft that had probably been lined with timberDebating the best way to line the shaft. A traditional brick well system was usedMore up to date mechanisation using a capstan winchSteve shows that not all the visitors to the mines have two legs
Improvised winch at Field Shaft where the field had collapsed into an old shaft that had probably been lined with timberDebating the best way to line the shaft. A traditional brick well system was usedMore up to date mechanisation using a capstan winchSteve shows that not all the visitors to the mines have two legs

Sand Shaft and Stump Shaft
Digging Sand Shaft where an old shaft had run into the Stump Shaft excavationLooking down into the heavily timbered Sand Shaft. This was eventually concreted at the rock headStump Shaft in the later days when it had nearly been levelled back up to the fieldThe last resting place of the headframe before it was dismantled.
Digging Sand Shaft where an old shaft had run into the Stump Shaft excavationLooking down into the heavily timbered Sand Shaft. This was eventually concreted at the rock headStump Shaft in the later days when it had nearly been levelled back up to the fieldThe last resting place of the headframe before it was dismantled.

Temple Shaft
The 'Temple' in Wood Mine that gave the name to Temple ShaftTemple Shaft was probably the most elaborate project of its kind with the excavated shaft 12 ft square and 15 ft deepAt the bottom of Temple Shaft where the sand finished and the rock started. A concrete plug was installedOne of the digging team
The 'Temple' in Wood Mine that gave the name to Temple ShaftTemple Shaft was probably the most elaborate project of its kind with the excavated shaft 12 ft square and 15 ft deepAt the bottom of Temple Shaft where the sand finished and the rock started. A concrete plug was installedOne of the digging team

Wood Mine
The reopening of Wood Mine. This was the first project carried out by the ClubJock and Todge clearing the adit in Wood Mine in 1970Rebuilding the adit at Wood Mine. It had been blasted in in the 60sExploring Blue Lake by dinghy
The reopening of Wood Mine. This was the first project carried out by the ClubJock and Todge clearing the adit in Wood Mine in 1970Rebuilding the adit at Wood Mine. It had been blasted in in the 60sExploring Blue Lake by dinghy
Digging in Canal Turn, a backfilled passageThe improvised winch and railway in Canal TurnThe dig at Roadworks Shaft which drops below the passage for about 20 ft. The name came from the road sign visible in the pictureInstalling fencing around Roadworks Shaft
Digging in Canal Turn, a backfilled passageThe improvised winch and railway in Canal TurnThe dig at Roadworks Shaft which drops below the passage for about 20 ft. The name came from the road sign visible in the pictureInstalling fencing around Roadworks Shaft

West Mine
Pouring concrete around the entrance lid in 1975A plaque recognising the work by members in reopening West MineA rare photograph of a person coming through the recently opened way into West Mine in 1975. A steel ladder replaced the electron ladderOn early trips, there was no bridge at Plank Shaft so we climbed around the shaft using a fixed rope
Pouring concrete around the entrance lid in 1975A plaque recognising the work by members in reopening West MineA rare photograph of a person coming through the recently opened way into West Mine in 1975. A steel ladder replaced the electron ladderOn early trips, there was no bridge at Plank Shaft so we climbed around the shaft using a fixed rope
Excavation of the entrance to West Mine in 18 Acre FieldThe completed entranceInstallation of a frame over Plank Shaft to facilitate access down the 60 ft shaftThe passage at the bottom of Plank Shaft awaiting exploration
Excavation of the entrance to West Mine in 18 Acre FieldThe completed entranceInstallation of a frame over Plank Shaft to facilitate access down the 60 ft shaftThe passage at the bottom of Plank Shaft awaiting exploration

Finlow Mine
Winter digging!The shaft topExploring one of the narrow passages in Finlow MineOn the vein in Finlow Mine
Winter digging!The shaft topExploring one of the narrow passages in Finlow MineOn the vein in Finlow Mine

Other mines
The level near Beacon Lodge. This passage is now concealed by the pathThe Canyon Opencast while being surveyedRock Shaft near Stormy Point. Dug from top to near bottomReeking Mine during surface surveying in the area
The level near Beacon Lodge. This passage is now concealed by the pathThe Canyon Opencast while being surveyedRock Shaft near Stormy Point. Dug from top to near bottomReeking Mine during surface surveying in the area

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