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BELMOUNT FARM

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Belmount Farm is situated far from the road and was historically always difficult to locate because of its remoteness from any nearby villages. Much of the building still remains with only part of an out building now in a collapsed state (byre), the bulk of the main house is in a degrading but standing state of repair with some substantial damage to one of the gable end walls and the usual internal problems of an abandoned farm house (rotting floors, fallen internal walls etc). The staircase and many of the fire places still remain in the rooms as well as some cupboards and shelving.

The site was of course made famous in the 1880's because of the mysterious murder that happened in the upper workshop above the byre whereby someone (possibly the housemaid) put a deadly blow of a sledge hammer though the back of the farm owners son's head with such force as to put his teeth out of his mouth. No one was charged with the murder - not helped because it took three days for the police to arrive at the site to investigate.

All in all the site is well worth a visit with much still remaining, in recent times (in the period of a year) more of the roof has been blown away with the high winds that we've had up here and also some of the external timber gutters and timber work is starting disappear.

Sandyford mine is at the foot of the field and is less than a mile away, it is uncertain if the house was eventually used in direct relation to the mine (there being a large boiler in the rear yard) but it is known that the house was occupied by a carpenter so may have been used in aid to many of the mines around about.

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Safety Notice: To enter a disused mine is extremely dangerous and my result in serious or fatal injury, recovery from an accident would place rescue persons involved in serious danger and in the event of a ground collapse, recovery may be impossible. You should not enter a disused mine or working without training under any circumstances. Respect private property and seek permission from the respective land owner where required, always act responsibly and always inform someone else of your whereabouts.

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