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placename:- Winderwath Mine
locality:- Winderwath
parish Asby parish, once in Westmorland
county:- Cumbria
mine
coordinates:- NY65951115
10Km square:- NY61
References KDMRS 1979-82

1Km square NY6511

sketch map:- KDMRS 1979-82

Log book and sketch maps from the Kendal and District Mine Research Society, 1979-82.
Geological Outing of the Kendal and District Mine Research Society
Log book page 7:-
DATE - SUNDAY 22/4/79 / MAP REF - MAP NY61 6595 1115 / LOCATION - GT ASBY FELLS. ORTON SCAR / NAME - WINDERWATH MINE (NAME GIVEN TO THIS MINE BY US) / TYPE OF SITE - MINE / WORKING OR DISUSED - DISUSED / PEOPLE IN PARTY [ ] / NOS. OF PHOTOS - No.56. / SPECIMENS FOUND - SMALL NODULES OF CALCITE AND PIECES OF FLOW LIMESTONE. / COMMENTS - THIS MINE IS SUPPOSED TO BE COPPER MINE, ALTHOUGH NO TRACE OF ANY COPPER MINERALS WERE FOUND. VERY WET MINE, VERY CLAYEY, WITH SILT. FIRST PART OF MINE ARCH WALLED, TURNING INTO BOULDER CLAY AFTER 20 YDS AND BOULDER CLAY CONTINUES ON AND OFF THROUGHOUT ALL THE MINE COVERED TODAY. FLOW LIMESTONE COVERS A GOOD MAJORITY OF THE WALLS AND FLOOR. MINE APPEARS TO FOLLOW A FAULT. STOPPED AFTER ABOUT 1/4 MILES WHERE TUNNEL SPLITS INTO TWO WILL GO DOWN AGAIN WITH MORE EQUIPMENT PEOPLE AND CAMERA.
Log book pages 8-9:-
DATE - SUNDAY 6/5/79 / MAP REF - NY61 6575 1115 (MAP REF FOR BELL PITS 6570 1150) / LOCATION - GT ASBY FELLS. ORTON SCAR / NAME - / TYPE OF SITE - MINE / WORKING OR DISUSED - DISUSED / PEOPLE IN PARTY [ ] / NOS. OF PHOTOS - No.6 / SPECIMENS FOUND - SPECIMENS FOUND IN MINE WERE VERY SMALL, CONSISTING OF SMALL PIECES OF MALACHITE ON CALCITE. SPECIMENS FOUND ON THE SCAR, ON THE RIGHT OF THE MINE, IN BELL PITS AND HEAPS, ABOUT 100 YDS AWAY, WERE VERY GOOD, CONSISTING OF LARGE PIECES OF ARAGONITE, MALACHITE AND COPPER PYRITES. / COMMENTS - FIRST PART OF MINE WAS AS LAST VISIT. 22/4/79/ TOOK THE RIGHT HAND TUNNEL, WATER ABOUT 1'-2' DEEP CLAYEY, TUNNEL IS IN LIMESTONE AND ENDS IN A LIMESTONE FACE AFTER ABOUT 30 YDS. CAME BACK TOO (sic) FORK AND TOOK LEFT HAND TUNNEL VERY CLAYEY, NO POOLS OF WATER THOUGH, GYPSUM CRYSTALS APPEAR HERE AND THERE SINGLY, IN CLAY ON WALLS. VERY SMALL PIECES OF MALACHITE ARE FOUND WITH CALCITE. ROOF COLLAPSED AFTER ABOUT 20 YDS, BUT IS PASSABLE WITH CARE, TUNNEL ENDS IN BOULDER CLAY WALL ABOUT 10 YDS AFTER ROOF FALL, WHETHER MINE DID ACTUALLY END HERE IS DEBATABLE, AS THERE IS A DROP OF ABOUT 10 FEET TO THE LEFT OF THE TUNNEL FACE. A LOT OF PROPS AND OLD BROWN PLANKING IS VISIBLE AROUND THE LEFT HAND EDGE OF THIS HOLE. MOST OF THE MINE APPEARS TO FOLLOW FAULTS, LITTLE ORE APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN FOUND, AND SEEMS TO BE A VERY EXPENSIVE TRIAL?? AFTER DINNER, WENT UP TO SCAR WHERE SMALL HEAPS, SOME HOLES AND BELL PIT HOLLOWS CAN BE SEEN. WERE WAS FOUND VERY GOOD SPECIMENS OF MALACHITE, COPPER PYRITES, ARAGONITE AND CALCITE. [sketch].
Log book page 44:-
DATE - 13/1/80 / MAP REF - 6575/1115 NY61 1:25000 / LOCATION - WINDERWATH COMMON (ORTON SCAR) / NAME - WINDERWATH MINE / TYPE OF SITE - MINE / WORKING OR DISUSED - DISUSED / PEOPLE IN PARTY [ ] / NOS. OF PHOTOS - Nos 6 / SPECIMENS FOUND - AS PAGE 8 (6/5/79) / COMMENTS - AS PAGE 8 (6/5/79)+ WENT BACK TO MINE TODAY TO MAP AND PHOTOGRAPH IT WHICH WAS DONE AND A MAP PRODUCED.
Log book page 45:-
DATE - SUNDAY 2/3/80 / MAP REF - / LOCATION - / NAME - / TYPE OF SITE - / WORKING OR DISUSED - / PEOPLE IN PARTY [ ] / NOS. OF PHOTOS - / SPECIMENS FOUND - / COMMENTS - AS PAGE 8 (6/5/79) + WENT TO MINE TODAY TO TRACE MINE ON SURFACE, FROM MAP PRODUCED LAST VISIT. THREE NEW MEMBERS PRESENT [ ] TOOK NEW MEMBERS + [ ] DOWN MINE TO GIVE THE NEW MEMBERS AN IDEA OF WHAT IT WAS LIKE UNDERGROUND. HOPE THEY CONTINUE TO JOIN US, AS THEY SEEM VERY INTERESTED.
otherwise:-
AS PAGE 8 ...

placename:- Winderwath Mine
coordinates:- NY65951115
date:- 1979=1980
period:- 1970s; 1980s

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