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Doc MineWood MineMain Chamber Engine VeinWest MineDevil's GraveWorkings on the vein, Engine VeinThe Laundry Chute in West MineTom's Shaft in the Cobalt MineT'owd man in Wood MineKey Chamber, Wood MineRoman coinsBlue ShaftFinlow MineHistoric artefactsSRT in Engine VeinNorth Boundary Fault, Wood MineThe Beacon before demolition1930s visitors at Brynlow
Snailbeach Mine, ShropshireCarrs Mine, NentheadFirst Pitch, P8 DerbyshireConiston Copper Mine, LakesNettle Pot, DerbyshireAven d'Orgnac, FranceMoel Fferna slate mine, N WalesCoventosa, SpainColonnades: Lancaster HoleLennies Cave, MatienzoWartling Bunker, KentAlum Pot, Yorkshire DalesStockport air raid sheltersBagshawe Cavern, DerbyshireGiants Hole, DerbyshireOgof Dydd Byraf, North WalesMagpie Mine, DerbyshireRampgill Mine, NentheadBull Pot of the WitchesOld Ing Cave, Yorkshire DalesGaping Gill, Yorkshire
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West Mine is the largest mine under Alderley Edge, and the main chamber, not far in from the entrance, is the largest single open space underground at Alderley. Nevertheless, it is small by comparison with mine chambers elsewhere in the UK. The chamber was excavated by using hand drills and gunpowder and probably took a couple of years to get as large as it is now.
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Slate mines in North Wales are found all around the perimeter of the Snowdonia mountain block. The slate was formed by pressure and heat due to volcanic activity. Slate mines are often massive and inclined as they follow the rock beds. They can also be dangerous with a risk of falling rock and bad air in places. Exploration requires a lot of care.

In case of emergency at Alderley Edge, call POLICE 999 and ask for DERBYSHIRE CAVE RESCUE.   They will call out local team members.  Do NOT call for the Fire Brigade.