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The Hough Level
The Hough Level connects most of the mines with the main exception being West Mine. It was used first for drainage from Engine Vein and later to take ore from the eastern mines to the treatment works.

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    At Dickens Wood and up to Engine Vein
    Around Engine Vein
    Engine Vein to Brynlow
    In the boat in the Hough Level
    1930s visitors in Brynlow
    Brynlow to Wood Mine

The Hough Level on the abandonment plan    
The Hough Level on the abandonment plan    

At Dickens Wood and up to Engine Vein
The day the Hough Level was openedDigging out the entrance at Dickens WoodThe entrance from aboveDigging at the face in the Hough LevelFilling the tub
The day the Hough Level was openedDigging out the entrance at Dickens WoodThe entrance from aboveDigging at the face in the Hough LevelFilling the tub
Pushing the tub out of the entranceThe dumper used to pull out tubsThe loco when it was in use at Alderley EdgePushing by handExtending the tip
Pushing the tub out of the entranceThe dumper used to pull out tubsThe loco when it was in use at Alderley EdgePushing by handExtending the tip
Emptying a tubThe tip in the early daysA section showing handpicked and enlarged passageLooking up Square ShaftThe original passage at Square Shaft - a coffin level
Emptying a tubThe tip in the early daysA section showing handpicked and enlarged passageLooking up Square ShaftThe original passage at Square Shaft - a coffin level
Between Square Shaft and Engine Vein    
Between Square Shaft and Engine Vein    

Around Engine Vein
The bottom of Blue Shaft.  The ladder is just visible on the leftFilling a tub at Bear PitLooking down Bear Pit to the ore chuteAt the junction, a superior photograph by Paul DeakinThe junction leading (R) to Ring Shaft and (L) to Bear Pit
The bottom of Blue Shaft. The ladder is just visible on the leftFilling a tub at Bear PitLooking down Bear Pit to the ore chuteAt the junction, a superior photograph by Paul DeakinThe junction leading (R) to Ring Shaft and (L) to Bear Pit
Curious clay formations in the wall which may have developed from the solution of saltRing Shaft ore chuteRing Shaft ore chute  
Curious clay formations in the wall which may have developed from the solution of saltRing Shaft ore chuteRing Shaft ore chute  

Engine Vein to Brynlow
1860s passage to BrynlowGraffiti at the boat landing stagePanorama at the boatThe boat 
1860s passage to BrynlowGraffiti at the boat landing stagePanorama at the boatThe boat 

In the boat in the Hough Level
In the canoeIn the bathtub boat in the Hough LevelLooking at blue formations in the Hough LevelModern explorers in the wet sectionComing through to Brynlow
In the canoeIn the bathtub boat in the Hough LevelLooking at blue formations in the Hough LevelModern explorers in the wet sectionComing through to Brynlow
Near Brynlow - wet!    
Near Brynlow - wet!    

1930s visitors in Brynlow
A group of explorers in the Hough Level in the 1930sBoarding the boat at BrynlowIn a wet sectionThe boat at Brynlow 
A group of explorers in the Hough Level in the 1930sBoarding the boat at BrynlowIn a wet sectionThe boat at Brynlow 

Brynlow to Wood Mine
The ore chute from the east side of the Brynlow Field OpencastShoring in the roof of the level near Brynlow.  The fault wall is on the rightDropping down from Field ShaftAbove the Hough Level at the junction where there were entrances from the Brynlow field.At the Hough Level junction where the passage from Brynlow turns north towards the treatment works
The ore chute from the east side of the Brynlow Field OpencastShoring in the roof of the level near Brynlow. The fault wall is on the rightDropping down from Field ShaftAbove the Hough Level at the junction where there were entrances from the Brynlow field.At the Hough Level junction where the passage from Brynlow turns north towards the treatment works
Hough Level Junction digIn the Hough Level Junction digAt the southern end of the Hough Level under the Field with sleepers still in place  
Hough Level Junction digIn the Hough Level Junction digAt the southern end of the Hough Level under the Field with sleepers still in place  

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