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Old 04-04-10, 20:54   #1
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re Bonfire Hill, Chapel hill.Scout Quarries. are they linked ?
I have been trying to find categorical proof that these mines are linked for many years now. I requested information in the Rossendale Free Press some years ago but nothing new was forthcoming. The only information I have found is in a paragaph in a Burnley mine club exploration in 2005 .This information I think originated from John Davies. I don't think he could have been old enough to know from "personal experience" if this was so.
On a recent visit to the area the only unblocked access would be at Chapel Hill
and this has the obstacles of a prickly land owner and deep water in the workings
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Re: Chapel Hill Quarry?

apparently the quarry at bottom of seat naze is connected to crawshawbooth,theres a lake under there ,mick birt once drove a dumper to it,but its collapsed in and blocked the way now.that was in the eightys,when tommy birt owned it.at the back of what used to be the quarrymans arms pub in scoutbottom theres some workings there with railway lines in.ive been in and seen them.
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I am pretty sure there was a coal seam/level at seat naze there is a picture of an entrance to a level in rawtenstall library. this was rumoured to link into the scout quarry network. there was also a similar rumour re pinner being linked to coal levels " disproved in a recent survey by Rossendale Council before sealing. question is why would the quarries of different owners not necessarily open at the same time be linked
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Re: Chapel Hill Quarry?

My uncle has seen that underground lake under seat naze.
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I remember stories when a boy of people getting lost in the mines and appearing even days later on th other side of the hill. Scout quarry seemed to figure often.
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Re: Chapel Hill Quarry?

I've been up to Bonfire Hill Quarry today its changed a lot since the last time I went in, You have to be very careful underfoot Its best to take walking sticks as the ground looks like grass but its random stones massively covered with moss and grass almost like a carpet covering stones,

Its very damp near to the face walls with many of the trees fallen over and many covered in moss.

The little cave is very hard to get in to now it seems that a rock fall has made the entrance smaller, the cave is more like a shelter its very small and doesn't go any where.

There is also evidence of tree cutting which i think is due to power lines and telephone lines passing through the quarry to Bottomley Bank farm from Bonfire Hill road, this is most probably for installation or maintenance reasons.

I'm going to put some photos up tomorrow after I have tweaked them.
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I'm looking forward to those pics, it sounds lovely.
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Re: Chapel Hill Quarry?

I have been tempted by exploring the underground reservoir/lake under Seat Naze after finding what I believe is an entrance still seemingly open.... The idea has always fascinated me!
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The level on seat naze is nowt to do with the coal, niether is pinner. There was a coal level near Bonfire hill as they got the coal for the quarry machinary, it was in the Sandrock mine. In the late 70's ear;y 80's a dog was stuck in there.

The level on set naze is more likley a traveling road or air level than a haulage road, we took the rails out of it in the early 80s for a mining museum. Don't take anything litteraly what the council tell you about mining.

The sandrock mine (seam) is to be found above the Haslingden flags and was worked in places for coal for the quarry machinary and some quarry owners ran their own pits for the purpose. RooleyMoor is a good example of this. but I have no evidence of this at Pinner, which was owned by Brooks I think? And they had their own pits eleswhere at any rate.
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The level on seat naze is nowt to do with the coal, niether is pinner. There was a coal level near Bonfire hill as they got the coal for the quarry machinary, it was in the Sandrock mine. In the late 70's ear;y 80's a dog was stuck in there.

The level on set naze is more likley a traveling road or air level than a haulage road, we took the rails out of it in the early 80s for a mining museum. Don't take anything litteraly what the council tell you about mining.

The sandrock mine (seam) is to be found above the Haslingden flags and was worked in places for coal for the quarry machinary and some quarry owners ran their own pits for the purpose. RooleyMoor is a good example of this. but I have no evidence of this at Pinner, which was owned by Brooks I think? And they had their own pits eleswhere at any rate.
This is really interesting, any further information, or photographs etc. I'm sure would be much appreciated by all.
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