Incredibly, there are still many tangible relics of the mining industry to be found. Every so often on our wanderings, we find a rusty winch or wagon lying rotting away in some off-the-beaten-track place. It's very special when you discover them, as increasingly they are being stolen or vandalised by people with no feeling or respect for history. Currently metal thieves have been ransacking a couple of sites so I hope you'll forgive me if I don't put any identification on these shots.
|A miner's clay pipe left deep in an adit|
|An old pair of miner's hob-nailed boots in a slate mine chamber|
|A mine workshop|
Dave Sallery has some super photos of surviving artefacts at his Remains of the Slate Industry site.
A link to Graham Stephen's excellent blog with a very fine post on "dereliction".