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Head Gear of Crags Hall Ironstone Mine

Head Gear of Crags Hall Ironstone Mine

A view of Crags Hall ironstone mine viewed possibly from the road linking Brotton and Carlin How. The mine operated from 1871 to 1892, the only indication of the existence of the mine is the cottages and farm on the hillside. The mine was named after the farm, the cottages came later and after the mine closed a collection of building, which stood below the road (now a grassy field) were known as Crags Hall cottages, they were demolished in 1966. Simon Chapman confirms our belief in the view: ”This view is from the road looking towards the sea. The two shafts shown here were south of the railway whereas the fanhouse (to left) was on the seaward side.”
Image courtesy of George Pearson and thanks to Simon for the update.

Horse Work

Horse Work

Photo believed to have been taken in Lumpsey Mine. It will be noticed the use of horses instead of ponies in the Cleveland Ironstone seams. The miners are holding carbide lamps and a pile of props are on the left.

Photo courtesy George Pearson.

Morrison’s Mine, Brotton

Morrison’s Mine

A view of Morrison’s Mine and Coach Road, Brotton. Morrison’s was an independently owned mine; output was at the requirements of the Ironmasters – so could be a little or a lot depending upon demand – so called as it was developed by Robert Morrison (he lived in The Grange, Brotton), imagine having this in your back yard? There was also a brickworks! The shafts were named after Robert Morrison’s wife (Florence) and  his daughter (Mary). The overhead gantry was situated about where the children’s play area is on Coach Road today, but there are effectively no remains to indicate this industrial past.
Image courtesy George Pearson.

Lumpsey Mine 1895

Lumpsey

1895 was the date on this photo and who am I to argue?
Image from a collection courtesy of Derick Pearson.

Lumpsey

Lumpsey

Now the fan falls into disrepair as the mine is no longer working.
(photo courtesy of Cleveland Ironstone mining museum)

Brotton Fan

Brotton Fan

This was the ventilating fan at Lumpsey mine. It was installed in 1925 and made by the Waddle Fan Engineering Co. of Llanelly in South Wales. After working until 1964 it was left to decay until somebody stole it.”

(photo courtesy of Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum)

Thanks once again to Simon Chapman for keeping me right on the fan at Lumpsey.  joanj

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The Fan House

Julie Riddiough has kindly sent us a set of photographs that she took from the top end of Brotton just last month, in the afternoon of 27th August. This is a view over the golf course to the remains of the Huntcliffe mine, Guibal fan house, beside the railway at the top of the cliff. ”The Huntcliff Ironstone Mine, a drift mine, commenced operations in 1872 by which time ventilation techniques had become more sophisticated. Worked on the pillar and bord system, this mine was one of several to be ventilated by a Guibal fan, named after its Belgian inventor. A vertical shaft was driven down to the mining level at the top of which the fan house was erected. A huge 30 foot ( 9 m) diameter fan powered by a static steam engine drew the foul air up the shaft and then up a specially designed chimney to the open air. Once in operation fresh air would be drawn into the mine through the drift entrances and could be controlled and directed by a series of shutters or doors usually operated by young boys.”

Image courtesy of Julie Riddiough; additional information courtesy of ”Coast Alive”.

Dismantling Sidings

Dismantling Sidings

At Huntcliff again and this time the sidings above the main drift are being dismantled in 1906

Dismantling Fan

Dismantling Fan

As the caption says it’s Huntcliff mine 1906.

Brotton – Huntcliff Mine

Another photograph relating to the dismantling of Huntcliffe Mines after the closure in 1906. This picture is of the dismantling of the tipping gantry. Maurice Dower tells us: “The man second left on the top of the timber gantry is my great grand-father James Herbert Dower.”

Grateful thanks to Simon Chapman for the information and Maurice Dower for the update.

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