SE1440 : Bell pit, east side, Baildon Hill

taken 3 years ago, near to Baildon, Bradford, Great Britain

Bell pit, east side, Baildon Hill
Bell pit, east side, Baildon Hill
Baildon Moor is full of bell pits. By the 1600s coal was being mined on the moor on a large scale, and this industry continued until the 1800s. The technique was simple but dangerous: a vertical shaft was sunk, probably to a depth of 60-80 feet and the walls were strengthened with timbers. The (often small) amount of coal was extracted along the seam. The ‘bell’ was the internal shape, with the narrow shaft broadening out along the coal seam. Work was only abandoned when the risk of collapse was deemed too high. The shaft was then back-filled and capped. This settled over time and left a characteristic depression. [Information from The Lost Hamlets of Baildon Moor Walk, in the Baildon Heritage Trails series.]
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 30 September, 2014   (more nearby)
Submitted
Thursday, 2 October, 2014
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Quarrying, Mining 
Primary Subject of Photo
Moorland 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SE 1440 4007 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:51.3996N 1:46.9536W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SE 1439 4005
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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