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Offline LarryFatcat

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Ashford (Rookery) Black Marble Mine
« on: November 06, 2019, 11:59:40 am »
I have a permit for this in a few weeks. Does anyone have a survey or decent description or even some sensible tips?

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Re: Ashford (Rookery) Black Marble Mine
« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2019, 12:36:09 pm »
The PDMHS bulletin 2-4 "The black marble mines..." has a lot of detail including a survey and is down loadable from the website... Enter a query for the reference to get the PDF
https://pdmhs.co.uk/files/articles.php

Offline Jenny P

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Re: Ashford (Rookery) Black Marble Mine
« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2019, 01:07:27 pm »
I have a permit for this in a few weeks. Does anyone have a survey or decent description or even some sensible tips?

There always used to be a survey sent out with the permit from DCA.  I'm assuming this hasn't happened this time?  Alternative place to check would be the DCA Cave Registry site, via www.thedca.org.uk

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Re: Ashford (Rookery) Black Marble Mine
« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2019, 03:02:25 pm »
There's a much better survey now published in Mining History Vol. 20 no. 3 (Barnatt & Worthington, need I say more?) along with a detailed description of the workings. It won't be available online for a few years yet, and I don't know whether there are still any copies left for sale at the Museum as we don't print as many spares these days. Having said that, we will consider doing limited-run reprints if there's enough demand, which we've just done with the latest edition.

All the unstable/delicate sections are taped off and where there is water, it's rarely more than ankle-deep. There are a few crawls if you feel so inclined but generally, you can just amble round the workings.
Dirty old mines need love too....

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Re: Ashford (Rookery) Black Marble Mine
« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2019, 06:44:28 pm »
Larry, sure I had sent you a survey in one of the emails. Must have missed it. Give me 5 mins and it'll be in your inbox.