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NY9901 :: Remains of an old shaft on the moor

Taken 10 months ago by Gordon Hatton near Arkle Town, North Yorkshire, England

Remains of an old shaft on the moor by Gordon Hatton
Remains of an old shaft on the moor

Lead mine shafts like this are a common sight on the moors above Swaledale and Arkengarthdale and represent one of the earlier forms of lead mining when vertical shafts would be dug down along the line of a vein of lead ore [galena] and then worked sideways along the vein. They were rarely very deep, often the depth decided by how far someone operating a windlass could haul a tub full of heavy ore up to the surface. Later with the use of a horse whim, the shafts could go deeper. Such green 'saucers' on the moor can be a tempting place to sit out of the wind, but this is a foolish thing to do as one cannot be sure what is under the grass in the bottom of the saucer [maybe old and very rotten timbers?].
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Subject Grid Square NY9901
Subject Lat/Long 54.404749,-2.008102 (click to view more nearby images)
Near Arkle Town, North Yorkshire, England
Photographer Gordon Hatton
Taken 20180731 201807 2018 (about 10 months ago)
Submitted 2018-08-01
Context Uplands · Quarrying, Mining · Derelict, Disused · Moorland ·

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