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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 shaftIn the top passagesFirst ladder down at the end of the Roman Gallery
Shaft in the top level with rope rigged for abseilingAbseiling down the 1st shaftIn the top passagesFirst ladder down at the end of the Roman Gallery
The crawl near the entranceSecond ladder downThird ladder downDescending ladders (second ladder on right, third below)
The crawl near the entranceSecond ladder downThird ladder downDescending ladders (second ladder on right, third below)
Fourth ladder downInside the old entranceMain chamber in the 1950sThe Main Chamber now
Fourth ladder downInside the old entranceMain chamber in the 1950sThe Main Chamber now
Main chamberMain chamber - a practice rescueThe pillar in Main ChamberNigel's Nightmare
Main chamberMain chamber - a practice rescueThe pillar in Main ChamberNigel's Nightmare
... and againLook no hands!Second traverseSecond traverse
... and againLook no hands!Second traverseSecond traverse
In the main chamberMain ChamberTraverse at ManhattanBelow H Planks
In the main chamberMain ChamberTraverse at ManhattanBelow H Planks
H Planks - so-called because there was once a plank between the other two making an H-shapeH PlanksClimbing down above H PlanksBelow the H Planks
H Planks - so-called because there was once a plank between the other two making an H-shapeH PlanksClimbing down above H PlanksBelow the H Planks
Traverse at H PlanksTraverse at H PlanksDropping down to CanyonThe Canyon
Traverse at H PlanksTraverse at H PlanksDropping down to CanyonThe Canyon
Green RiverGreen RiverBottom of the railway inclineStart of Twisted Pillar
Green RiverGreen RiverBottom of the railway inclineStart of Twisted Pillar
Twisted PillarClimbing out of Twisted PillarAbove Twisted PillarOld rope climb at Flight Deck
Twisted PillarClimbing out of Twisted PillarAbove Twisted PillarOld rope climb at Flight Deck
New ladder at Flight DeckFlight Deck - the purple band is a fungusFlight DeckSphinx Chamber
New ladder at Flight DeckFlight Deck - the purple band is a fungusFlight DeckSphinx Chamber
Sphinx ChamberAbove the SphinxSqueeze in Sphinx Chamber... in
Sphinx ChamberAbove the SphinxSqueeze in Sphinx Chamber... in
... middle... out  
... 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 Lion (The Svart Alfar of Alan Garner's book)Climbing the Lion
Chain Shaft - abseiling downLooking down Chain ShaftThe Lion (The Svart Alfar of Alan Garner's book)Climbing 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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