(in no particular order) Ed & Hayley, Emma, Ali M, Burt, Brendan, Pete, Basil the Romanian
This was a foot based trip to find some of the lesser known and visited parts of Shipham, some of which are on the Mendip cave registry and others not.
First off - Village hall shaft. A 7m ish ladder descent to a couple of small chambers with lots of evidence of pick marks and small shot holes. A lamp wick was found. then...
3 closed off mineshafts in the close vicinity of Star shaft. I'd descended these in the past (2008 according to my notebook!) with the late Bru Blagden, and found some avens leading off towards Star shaft, and some strange metal objects that were reputed to be unexploded munitions (NOT confirmed by anything other than rumour).
We then had a look down Star shaft itself and the SRT newbies all went "OOOOHHH". I think I'll be doing a trip there soon.
Then on to the bottom of Daffodil valley where, like a bunch of adolescent moles, we scampered about poking into 3 very promising rifts in the Hazel Mine area, which with a bit of digging could produce something - probably mine workings. certainly if t'owd man was mining for bicycle wheels, he found a rich vein.
Onwards and upwards with time running out to Daffodil mine, which was the highlight of the trip. A a 15m ladder ran out and from there it was a scramble down unstable deads to a mined passage with a promising looking diggable floor. A side aven part way up the main shaft went to another surface shaft (which I excavated the top 1.5 m of) past a rabbit skeleton and on to a rift with deads on the floor. However, the whole place had a sense of doom and foreboding about it which we all felt. There was also loads of loose ammunition coming down the shaft which didn't help.
Almost next door to Daffodil mine is Tin can Alley which is an apt description. Basil shot down there, oblivious of the broken glass and rubbish and returned with an old fashioned flat iron and a teeny miner's shoe - about a 6 yr old size, complete with hobnails. A peculiar feature of this rift is an old piton in the wall at about waist height - evidence perhaps of huge space below since infilled, or as a "just in case" bit of protection for diggers?
Time was marching on and I had another 4 sites to visit but we only went to one, in an obscure field close to my house
which may become a club dig in the near future.
Some photos are here, courtesy of the splendid Ed W.https://www.dropbox.com/sh/dtxfyjhqvodcvpn/AAA1pPUw5jir-icm9CaJYTlKa?dl=0