The archaeology of metal mining is a fascinating subject, but the most
important part of a mine is underground. Here is an opportunity to experience a
guided underground tour of a long abandoned mine, without putting yourself in
Edwin Thorpe of the SCMC guides Kelvin Lake around Clive Copper Mine, which
was abandoned in 1869.
Early narrow hand picked shafts and levels are explored, leading to large
stopes blasted with gunpowder in the nineteenth century. Neatly stacked rock
deads, remains of tallow candles and their clay holders, and a gunpowder barrel
are just a few of the features examined.
Kelvin and Edwin finally abseil down a 50 metre deep shaft beside old pump
rods and pipes, and explore the lower tramming level where sand, poured into the
many shafts when the mine was abandoned, almost blocks the way.
||The Clive geological fault is clearly visible underground, with mineralised
sandstones on one side, marls and waterstones on the other. Copper, Iron, Cobalt
and Barium have stained the rocks in impressive patterns of whorls and rings,
with patches of malachite blue. The fault wall is highly polished where the
sides once rubbed together hundreds of millions of years ago.
- Presented by Edwin Thorpe
- £13.45 - DVD
- Running time: 37 mins.
- Price includes worldwide delivery.
- ' PAL' and 'NTSC' versions available.
Produced in association with the
Shropshire Caving & Mining Club in