Ball Eye Mine

Jenny P

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Worth also looking at the Derbyshire Cave Registry, Access Section via www.thedca.org.uk . The references from that include one from Descent in 2021 which includes a survey.

Always worth a look in the Derbyshire Cave Registry as your first port of call forinformation.
 

AR

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Nearly all of it - the quarry took a small bite out of part of the upper workings, but then didn't go much further; I recall Jim Rieuwerts telling me that a load of aggregate from there was rejected as unfit by his former employer due to contamination with spar, which may explain why they didn't take any more from that area.
 

LarryFatcat

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Worth also looking at the Derbyshire Cave Registry, Access Section via www.thedca.org.uk . The references from that include one from Descent in 2021 which includes a survey.

Always worth a look in the Derbyshire Cave Registry as your first port of call forinformation.
anyone got a copy of that (Descent) survey that they could post (is it different or better quality than the PDMHS one?)
 

Brains

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I believe it is a C9C rigging topo for a descent into the stopes at the front of the mine. From the description it sounded quite loose, with entry via an unmarked mine shaft
 

markpot

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Really interesting place,couple of shafts on the bank above the terrace connect to,if you rummage around the woodland on the bank it is capped with a steel lid👍
 

AR

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Hardly needs a rummage to find that shaft, it's right in front of the Ruggs Hall entrance! Had another look at the survey and there is a bit that's now gone I forgot about, the part marked as "buddling chamber" at the top right has been removed but Eight Ways is still there.
 

markpot

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Hardly needs a rummage to find that shaft, it's right in front of the Ruggs Hall entrance! Had another look at the survey and there is a bit that's now gone I forgot about, the part marked as "buddling chamber" at the top right has been removed but Eight Ways is still there.
Are we talking about the Same shaft AR?the one I mentioned is quite a way up above Ruggs hall
 

AR

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Hmm... wonder what liabilities there are attached to it, maybe a restoration clause on the planning permission? Or maybe the prospective new owners looked at the levels of spar in the limestone and realised that a lot of places wouldn't want it - Jim R told me he knew of at least one project where aggregate from Ball Eye was rejected and ended up being used for berms
 

Brains

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Here are hopefully two images of the collapse. One shows the green water pipe disappearing into about 4m of collapsed deads. The other is a before image showing the stack that has gone down the hole. The debris is dry and dusty and loose with large blocks that are probably hand movable as that's how they were stacked. It LOOKS easy enough to clear as there is plenty of stacking room behind the camera. The original scrambling route is also choked with deads and looks less appealing to dig. Once down a couple of metres the waste can be lost into the remains of the water tank passage. Two to four fit diggers could do it in a day but egress from the cleared shaft will need a rigid ladder...
 

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pwhole

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Aaaahh - there! Right, I get it now. That must be a fairly straightforward job, with a bit of stack reinforcement to make sure it doesn't happen again.
 

LarryFatcat

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Here are hopefully two images of the collapse. One shows the green water pipe disappearing into about 4m of collapsed deads. The other is a before image showing the stack that has gone down the hole. The debris is dry and dusty and loose with large blocks that are probably hand movable as that's how they were stacked. It LOOKS easy enough to clear as there is plenty of stacking room behind the camera. The original scrambling route is also choked with deads and looks less appealing to dig. Once down a couple of metres the waste can be lost into the remains of the water tank passage. Two to four fit diggers could do it in a day but egress from the cleared shaft will need a rigid ladder...
Any clearance been done on the fall that blocks entry to the sough yet?
see Ball Eye collapse thread- https://ukcaving.com/board/index.php?threads/ball-eye-mine-collapse.30119/#post-376388
 
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