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GROVERAKE (below ground).

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The mine started life around 1810 mining for Galena, but yields were fairly poor. It was found that Fluorspar extraction was much more profitable and so the mine continued with far more success right up until its closure in 1999. The mine consisted of two adits and two shafts, one of which was a large oval in shape to house a ladded escape route but also had a small headgear at its top and an impressive winch house.

On this visit we explore the newer of the drifts that was driven at a steep decline down towards the Firestone level. The mine has a real character as often noises could be heard as the steelwork moved with the pressure from the earth above. We further explore the older of the adits and produced a short movie of the now flooded entry into the mine.

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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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