Object of desire: an intact headframe with cages jammed in place above a flooded mine shaft.
All that glisters is not gold; Often have you heard that told: Many a man his life hath sold But my outside to behold: Gilded tombs do worms enfold. The Merchant of Venice (Act II – Scene VII) Shakespeare
The long-awaited chance to tackle the CRTT finally arrived. In the company of Spungletumpet, Rigsby, Bigjobs and AndyJ, we rappelled, climbed, swung, tiptoed and hauled our way through the heart of the Moelwyn mountains from Croesor to Rhosydd. Mark Tanner took … Continue reading
One of the highlights of an excellent little Cornish tin mine that is accessible at various points in a sea cliff.
Delight at the discovery of a pretty unique slice of industrial archeology was muted after my tripod pitched forward and smashed my favourite lens.
Behind the Red Door was a whole new world of giant fans, strip lights and electric buggies. As one door closed another opened and a further eight visits was to reveal all; slowly and deliciously we gorged on the “sublime … Continue reading
A colourful way to shorten your life-expectancy. The paranoid can consult this calculator before entering. Old Gunnislake Copper Mine, Cornwall “And you won’t make a dime On this gray Granite Mountain Mine Of dirt you’re made and to dirt you … Continue reading
Though we were 60 years too late!
The Excelsior Tunnel began life as a drainage and prospect adit to serve Kit Hill Mine. Later, the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment used the tunnel as part of Operation Orpheus, a project to investigate the possibility of camouflaging the seismic signature from nuclear test … Continue reading
We’re hanging out with Shacklepot Neddy, undisturbed for over 50 years.
In 1950, workers in this former shadow factory were unwittingly exposed to a germ warfare test designed to highlight the vulnerability of air conditioning systems to chemical and biological attack. [source]
An abandoned mushroom farm in one of the Bath Freestone Quarries, Wiltshire.