NZ8402 : Sil Howe Whinstone Mine

taken 6 years ago, near to Goathland, North Yorkshire, Great Britain

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Sil Howe Whinstone Mine
Sil Howe Whinstone Mine
By all accounts (see LinkExternal link et al) this was an adit to the Sil Howe Whinestone quarries one kilometre north. The Whinstone Dyke is a narrow vertical seam of hard volcanic rock and to me it makes no sense to tunnel that distance to access the dyke. Admittedly the tramway used for transporting the whinstone to the crushing plant near Goathland station past two hundred metres or so to the east. Whinstone was mined to a certain extent in the Great Ayton quarries (see LinkExternal link ) but that was vertically below the quarry in order to increase work faces.

The Cleveland Dyke is a protrusion of very hard volcanic rock cutting through the surrounding sedimentary rocks. It was formed 58 million years ago from a volcano near the Isle of Arran and can be traced between there and Whitby. Wherever it outcrops it was quarried and used principally for road building. Its common name is Whinstone on account the gorse or whin frequently found growing where the rock outcrops.

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Date Taken
Saturday, 31 August, 2013   (more nearby)
Friday, 6 September, 2013
Geographical Context
Uplands  Quarrying, Mining  Derelict, Disused  Moorland 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 8403 0274 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:24.7907N 0:42.4034W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 8402 0274
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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Adit  Mine  Whinstone  Moorland  Moor  Heather  Heather Moorland  Heather Moor  Ruin 

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