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SWANSDALE COTTAGE

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Swansdale cottage is situated in a remote location near the beck of Swan Dale. Very little information exists about the occupants or the building other than that we found a small shaft worked mine less than 100 yards from the front of the property with evidence of a larger working some 500 yards further down the hill - though we're not sure if these are related. Looking around the house, it appears in very good condition indeed suggesting that it has not long been abandoned, the occupants certainly looked after the place with clean white washed walls and red painted wood work internally. The house consisted of just four rooms, the kitchen/sitting room to the front left which contained a large range hearth with flag stone floor and a bedroom to the right front which has a fireplace and timber floor. To the rear of the building are two small rooms that look as though they were used as a pantry and some sort of small rear snug/sitting room. A latrine block sits to the rear of the building which is actually quite some distance away from the front door (the only access) - it must have been a cold long walk at the end of the evening, especially given that the house is situated nearing the base of a steep valley which really funnels the winds coming across the Pennines.

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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.

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