NY9841 : The central flue at the former Stanhopeburn Mine

taken 7 years ago, near to Crawleyside, County Durham, Great Britain

The central flue at the former Stanhopeburn Mine
The central flue at the former Stanhopeburn Mine
The mine was worked for lead in the early 18th C. A rich vein of fluorspar was found in the 1860s but not mined at that time; the fluorspar was mined from the early 20th C, on and off until the early 1980s - for more info see LinkExternal link.

I've not been able to find any info about the complicated flue system. The satellite image LinkExternal link shows that there were three flues running up the steep hillside. The outer two NY9841 : The northern flue at the former Stanhopeburn Mine and NY9841 : The southern flue at the former Stanhopeburn Mine were quite narrow, 3-4 ft, similar to the lead smelting flues above Allendale - see NY8155 : Lead smelting flues. The central flue (this photo) was much wider, some 8-10 ft, although it narrows abruptly about 20 yds from the top; there were some stone structures about half way up on the right hand side NY9841 : Stone structures by the central flue at the former Stanhopeburn Mine. There is one extant arch of the northern (small width) flue NY9841 : Arch in the northern flue at the former Stanhopeburn Mine but I am puzzled as to how this central flue would have been roofed: a similar stone arch roof would surely have been too large to be practicable.

It's also not clear what the arrangement of the chimney(s) was at the top of the bank. There are the remains of what might have been a chimney to the right of the meeting point of the northern and central flues NY9841 : Possible chimney at the top of the flues at the former Stanhopeburn Mine but a channel continues at an angle across the moorland NY9841 : The top of the northern flue at the former Stanhopeburn Mine that is joined first by a side channel from the southern (narrow) flue NY9841 : Branch at the top of the southern flue at the former Stanhopeburn Mine and then by the southern flue itself.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 17 August, 2011   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 20 August, 2011
Geographical Context
Uplands  Quarrying, Mining  Derelict, Disused  Heath, Scrub 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NY 98780 41578 [1m precision]
WGS84: 54:46.1475N 2:1.2291W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NY 98711 41510
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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