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I have just picked this up on the BBC website. The hole is described as about 2 metres wide and 18 metres deep and widening out at the bottom to about 10 metres by 4 metres.
I am thinking maybe a Bell Pit by the sound of it?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-56290236
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Re: Sinkhole swallows farmer and his quad bike, possible Bell Pit?
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2021, 02:32:41 pm »
Just was reading this myself  sounds like a roof collapse in the mine workings .

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Re: Sinkhole swallows farmer and his quad bike, possible Bell Pit?
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2021, 02:50:11 pm »
Old ironstone mine workings most likely, several old mineshafts are shown on BGS maps of the area.

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Re: Sinkhole swallows farmer and his quad bike, possible Bell Pit?
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2021, 03:24:49 pm »
He was well lucky to survive that fall, on a quad bike. Blimey. I guess they do have padded seats though! I wonder if anyone will attempt a quick survey. There were tons of these in Kimberworth in Rotherham where I grew up, but as far as I know there was never a collapse. Still time though ;)

These photos were taken in a quarry in South Yorkshire which has both ironstone and coal deposits, both worked in the 18th Century in the same fashion. The top layers are ironstone interbedded with shale, then coal, then a shaley/clayey wayboard and then very hard cream sandstone beneath, but I don't think there's a ganister here. The randomly-assorted lumps of shale are the guts of an old backfilled pillar-and-stall working spilling out, where the quarry face has interested them. It's rare to find a real-life section as good as this.

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Re: Sinkhole swallows farmer and his quad bike, possible Bell Pit?
« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2021, 03:56:14 pm »
He was hauled out of the hole in south Cumbria by firefighters

So all those mountain rescue people are just there as spectators then?

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Re: Sinkhole swallows farmer and his quad bike, possible Bell Pit?
« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2021, 04:35:43 pm »
Seems like it would have been perfect for COMRU (Cumbria Ore Mines Rescue Unit) ...

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Re: Sinkhole swallows farmer and his quad bike, possible Bell Pit?
« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2021, 04:55:20 pm »
trying to estimate what/where, is this relevant?
https://www.aditnow.co.uk/Mines/Stank-Iron-Mine_7571/
Not sure if that would be bell shaped?
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Re: Sinkhole swallows farmer and his quad bike, possible Bell Pit?
« Reply #8 on: March 05, 2021, 06:29:44 pm »
Seems like it would have been perfect for COMRU (Cumbria Ore Mines Rescue Unit) ...


They were called out, but stood down as they were en-route, according to their FB page.

 

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