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The Grassington Mines Appreciation Group

sambo

New member
Cheers for the responses guys and You?ll be glad to know I?ve corrected a couple of spelling mistakes although I?m sure there are many more!

AR do you remember where the shaft was that you mentioned about it being capped with a metal bed head and rocks.

Yes I?m very surprised there hasn?t been more incidents. From that I?ve read, there have only been 3 in which UWFRA has had to get involved. 2 were animal rescues and the other was body recovery.

Sam
 

AR

Active member
I've a vague recollection that it was somewhere in the vicinity of Nelson's level but I wouldn't swear to that, it's about 15 years ago I came across it. I also seem to remember that Glory Shaft was capped with wooden sleepers that were overgrown with turf, is that still the case or am I thinking of a different shaft?

Slightly further up Wharfedale, I remember there was another badly-capped shaft in the workings on the north side of Mossdale Beck, is that still open?
 

sambo

New member
Apologies for the late reply.

I think the shaft you are talking about is either Chatsworth or an unnamed shaft near to Chatsworth. Both are only a short distance to the West of Glory. Videos and pictures of us descending them are on the website.

In regards to the other shaft you mentioned, I am not sure as we haven?t really looked act anything not on Grassington Moor. Having said that I?ve just found a very small uncapped shaft above Kilnsey: it?s about 10 metres deep.
 

AR

Active member
I'm dredging up 15+ year old memories here, so I can't guarantee any accuracy!

The Mossdale shaft was, IIRC, among the large hillocks due north of Mossdale Scar and not far from the track - in Derbyshire it would have been fitted with concrete sleepers by the county council long since!
 

sambo

New member
It's finally here!

Official membership to the Grassington Mines Appreciation Group is now open.

If you'd like to get involved in some of the group's activities or just want to keep informed with updates and information about our progress, then why not become an official member

Membership is free and it's as simple as logging onto the website and creating a user account. From there you will join the mailing list and will have access to the forum. Joining the membership list is a great way of supporting the group and all are welcome.

Just visit www.grassingtonmines.com and click on the tab "Become a Member". From there all you need to do is create a user account.
 

sambo

New member
Hi all. it's been two and a half years since I posted about the work that the Grassington Mine Appreciation Group has been conducting, and thought it was about time I gave an update.

The organisation has grown rapidly over the past couple of years, and now has a reasonable amount of funding in order to fence off the uncapped mine shafts on Grassington Moor. We have also explored a number of shafts and levels around the Yorkshire Dales and Nidderdale which have all been uploaded onto Youtube.

Some of the more exciting projects have not been publicly broadcast, but safe to say, the Grassington Mines Appreciation Group are making steps to improve local knowledge of Grassington's lead mining history, as well as what remains underground. Watch this space for further updates and if you would like to learn more, search the group on Facebook or visit www.grassingtonmines.com.

cheers

Sam


 

Cantclimbtom

Active member
Great site too, lots of time must have been spent on that. Intriguing.. the lost caverns, I enjoyed reading https://grassingtonmines.com/lost-caverns/
Old lead mines.. lost caverns under the moors.. vague miners' sketches from old archives.. Are you sure Grassington isn't in Derbyshire? ;)
 

AR

Active member
Well done for grasping the nettle and taking action on the dodgy shaft caps up there, covered over wooden sleepers are an accident waiting to happen! Really the big shafts need tembo beams over them like the county council have used down here on the bigger shafts but at least if they're fenced round, people can't unknowingly walk onto them...
 
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