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West Mine
West Mine is the largest mine on the Edge and was worked between 1858 and 1878. However, some parts appear to be a bit earlier and others later with clear signs of twentieth century workings.

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    Old surface pictures of West Mine
    Before Plank Shaft
    Plank Shaft and beyond
    Trip with novices in October 2009


Old surface pictures of West Mine
Original entranceRailway incline in 1920sOriginal entrance with gate intactPicture from 1923 of entrance with rough fence
Original entranceRailway incline in 1920sOriginal entrance with gate intactPicture from 1923 of entrance with rough fence
1943 with what appears to be some infillingDate unknown but probably late 50s as entrance is bricked, partly filled and has hole in centreFrom Coward's 1911 bookPicture in Jim Lovelock's book.  We think this is West Mine but it could be Wood Mine
1943 with what appears to be some infillingDate unknown but probably late 50s as entrance is bricked, partly filled and has hole in centreFrom Coward's 1911 bookPicture in Jim Lovelock's book. We think this is West Mine but it could be Wood Mine
View in snow, same comment as previous picture that it could be Wood Mine.Date unknown but almost certainly 1960s1949, entrance bricked up.  The Block End is visible on the right.  Note square corner suggesting quarrying for stone.Probably 1960s again
View in snow, same comment as previous picture that it could be Wood Mine.Date unknown but almost certainly 1960s1949, entrance bricked up. The Block End is visible on the right. Note square corner suggesting quarrying for stone.Probably 1960s again
Earlier picture, may be 1940s1923Entrance bricked up, maybe 1960s, hole in wall1960s, fairly well infilled
Earlier picture, may be 1940s1923Entrance bricked up, maybe 1960s, hole in wall1960s, fairly well infilled
19511950s or 60s, bricked up1950s or 60sBlock End in the 1950s
19511950s or 60s, bricked up1950s or 60sBlock End in the 1950s
Block End in the 1950sBlock End in 1951Supposed to be West Mine but might be Engine VeinAbove West Mine in 1957
Block End in the 1950sBlock End in 1951Supposed to be West Mine but might be Engine VeinAbove West Mine in 1957

Before Plank Shaft
New entrance in 18 acre fieldInside the new entranceInside the new entranceInside the new entrance
New entrance in 18 acre fieldInside the new entranceInside the new entranceInside the new entrance
Shaft in the top level with rope rigged for abseilingAbseiling down the 1st shaftEnd of 'Roman Gallery'In the top passages
Shaft in the top level with rope rigged for abseilingAbseiling down the 1st shaftEnd of 'Roman Gallery'In the top passages
Descending laddersThe crawl near the entranceInside the old entranceMain chamber in the 1950s
Descending laddersThe crawl near the entranceInside the old entranceMain chamber in the 1950s
The Main Chamber nowMain chamberMain chamber - a practice rescueThe pillar in Main Chamber
The Main Chamber nowMain chamberMain chamber - a practice rescueThe pillar in Main Chamber
Nigel's Nightmare... and againLook no hands!Second traverse
Nigel's Nightmare... and againLook no hands!Second traverse
Second traverseIn the main chamberMain ChamberTraverse at Manhattan
Second traverseIn the main chamberMain ChamberTraverse at Manhattan
Below H PlanksH Planks - so-called because there was once a plank between the other two making an H-shapeH PlanksClimbing down above H Planks
Below H PlanksH Planks - so-called because there was once a plank between the other two making an H-shapeH PlanksClimbing down above H Planks
Below the H PlanksTraverse at H PlanksTraverse at H PlanksDropping down to Canyon
Below the H PlanksTraverse at H PlanksTraverse at H PlanksDropping down to Canyon
The CanyonGreen RiverGreen RiverBottom of the railway incline
The CanyonGreen RiverGreen RiverBottom of the railway incline
Start of Twisted PillarTwisted PillarClimbing out of Twisted PillarAbove Twisted Pillar
Start of Twisted PillarTwisted PillarClimbing out of Twisted PillarAbove Twisted Pillar
Old rope climb at Flight DeckNew ladder at Flight DeckFlight Deck - the purple band is a fungusFlight Deck
Old rope climb at Flight DeckNew ladder at Flight DeckFlight Deck - the purple band is a fungusFlight Deck
Sphinx ChamberSphinx ChamberAbove the SphinxSqueeze in Sphinx Chamber
Sphinx ChamberSphinx ChamberAbove the SphinxSqueeze in Sphinx Chamber
... in... middle... out 
... in... middle... out 

Plank Shaft and beyond
Plank shaftPlank ShaftHeadframe over Plank ShaftLevelling the headframe at Plank Shaft
Plank shaftPlank ShaftHeadframe over Plank ShaftLevelling the headframe at Plank Shaft
Passage at the bottom of Plank ShaftLooking up Plank ShaftThe Great ArroyoThe Great Arroyo
Passage at the bottom of Plank ShaftLooking up Plank ShaftThe Great ArroyoThe Great Arroyo
Cottage floor ceilingChain ShaftChain ShaftChain Shaft - preparing to abseil down to the bottom level
Cottage floor ceilingChain ShaftChain ShaftChain Shaft - preparing to abseil down to the bottom level
Chain Shaft - abseiling downLooking down Chain ShaftThe LionClimbing the Lion
Chain Shaft - abseiling downLooking down Chain ShaftThe LionClimbing the Lion
Climbing the LionBeyond Chain ShaftJoining the Road to RomeLaundry Chute
Climbing the LionBeyond Chain ShaftJoining the Road to RomeLaundry Chute
At the end of the mineShaft at the end of the mineUpper Springboard CavernUpper Springboard Cavern
At the end of the mineShaft at the end of the mineUpper Springboard CavernUpper Springboard Cavern

Trip with novices in October 2009
It's wet in some of the passagesLooking up Doctor's Shaft with Tom on the ladder.Resting at the far end of the mine.In the Main Chamber
It's wet in some of the passagesLooking up Doctor's Shaft with Tom on the ladder.Resting at the far end of the mine.In the Main Chamber
Twisted Pillar Chamber   
Twisted Pillar Chamber   

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