Castern Wood

Another Mine Recovery Project.

 

We were recently requested by the Staffs Wild Life Trust to rebuild and cap a dangerously “run in shaft top in the Staffs Moorlands,one of many that we have treated for the SWT in this area.

The above shaft is situated near to Throwley Hall an early 13th century ruin in an area of outstanding countryside at 1000 AOD above the river Dove.

Tangible evidence of over 50 shafts can be traced along the east-west trending lead rakes that vary in depth from shallow trials to several hundred feet.

The above shaft top was revealed when the thin layer of rubble and soil cover was “disturbed” by erosion. The shaft ginging had to be rebuilt from bedrock to surface and a galvanised frame and grill fitted.

Nothing is known of the history of this discreet group of workings. However the following observations were noted when the writer and colleague descended the shaft.

No shot holes are evident but bar and wedge/plug and feathers nay well have sufficed in this fissured limestone.

That said this shaft and others in close proximity certainly predate the stone wall enclosures, circa 1760 to early 1800s. However what is known is that lead was mined from this locality in Elizabethan times.

Len Kirkham and John Shenton.

above shaft is situated near to Throwley Hall an early 13th century ruin in an area of outstanding countryside at 1000 AOD above the river Dove.

Tangible evidence of over 50 shafts can be traced along the east-west trending lead rakes that vary in depth from shallow trials to several hundred feet.

The above shaft top was revealed when the thin layer of rubble and soil cover was “disturbed” by erosion. The shaft ginging had to be rebuilt from bedrock to surface and a galvanised frame and grill fitted.

Nothing is known of the history of this discreet group of workings. However the following observations were noted when the writer and colleague descended the shaft.

No shot holes are evident but bar and wedge/plug and feathers nay well have sufficed in this fissured limestone.

That said this shaft and others in close proximity certainly predate the stone wall enclosures, circa 1760 to early 1800s. However what is known is that lead was mined from this locality in Elizabethan times.

Len Kirkham and John Shenton.

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