SK9119 : Mill Lane Industrial Estate, near South Witham

taken 8 years ago, near to South Witham, Lincolnshire, Great Britain

Mill Lane Industrial Estate, near South Witham
Mill Lane Industrial Estate, near South Witham
A huge cluster of Genie Terex Articulating Boom Lifts is a surprising and rather photogenic sight in the middle of green South Lincolnshire countryside, at Mill Lane Industrial Estate.

The industrial estate at South Witham was originally the site of the engine sheds, loading sidings, crusher and offices of Thistleton Mines. Considerable reserves of ironstone usually extracted by opencast quarrying in the East Midlands lay below a 60ft bed of Lincolnshire limestone, and it was decided to mine it. The mining complex was built from 1955-7. A 22ft-diameter steel-arch/concrete-segment tunnel was driven 500 yards southwards on a 1 in 40 gradient. The mines were served by a modern double-track narrow-gauge railway operated by one electric and two diesel locomotives, which hauled trains of twelve-ton wagons known as minecars. The mines stretched a mile and a half south and half a mile west, under and beyond the present South Witham limestone quarry. Many of the miners were Scottish coal miners, who lived in houses built for them in South Witham. Production peaked at 390,000 tons a year (and not the million envisaged), but geological difficulties and seepage led to closure on 27 June 1964. The belief that in the second half of the twentieth century it would be necessary to mine ironstone proved misguided: economics prevailed with the introduction of big dragline excavators, opencast was cheaper. The comparable Easton Mines, near Colsterworth, were equally short-lived, closing in 1967.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 17 June, 2010   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 22 June, 2010
Industrial estate   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 915 194 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:45.8938N 0:38.6514W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 918 191
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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