Bell pits

Bell pits


Midgley, United Kingdom (GB)
Remains of bell pit mining, a primitive method of mining coal and ironstone where the coal lies near the surface on flat land. A shaft is sunk to reach the ironstone and coal which is then excavated and removed by means of a bucket (much like a well). No supports are used and mining continues outward until the mine becomes too dangerous (or collapses) at which point another mine is started. The pits here are from 13th century.
Remains of bell pit mining, a primitive method of mining coal and ironstone where the coal lies near the surface on flat land. A shaft is sunk to reach the ironstone and coal which is then excavated and removed by means of a bucket (much like a well). No supports are used and mining continues outward until the mine becomes too dangerous (or collapses) at which point another mine is started. The pits here are from 13th century.
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By: Hinkkanen

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