Wednesday Work Day 16th November 2016

We are planning to be on site, weather permitting, on Wednesday 16th November, starting at around 0945hrs. Check before you travel by phoning Joyce our Volunteer Coordinator on 07702538709 – Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning.

Tasks are likely to include repairs to doors and door frames, archiving, packing up our displays for the winter, cleaning the drainage gutter in Carrs Mine, and soon…..

End of Season Moving and Tidying

Wednesday 2nd November 2016

Dawn temperature zero and climbed to 6 at midday. No wind, blue sky, a great day to be out on the North Pennines. Graham, Alec, Steve and Pete did yet more moving and tidying downstairs in The Barracks. The Eimco and the Darlington winch are now in the middle of the floor, on boards, and can be worked on during the winter period. Our end of day task was to sort out and tidy up the welly stock. Graham and Alec also repaired the Smelting Mill safety fence where the railings had been removed by  persons unknown, probably the same people who ride mountain bikes on the site. Jim removed the old mine power connection from Carrs Shop and also took out some of the old phone connections. 

Sheila, Liz and Joyce spent the day cleaning and packing our small artefacts collection and they also reviewed our storage area and made some more space. We are planning to redesign the whole of the artefacts display during the winter closedown period.

We had a drop in visit from two eminent Coal Authority people and we also hosted a visit from the County Council team who are responsible for the electrical systems. Plans are afoot to inspect the safety of the mains distribution cables.

imgp9228The Eimco has moved, again!

The Eimco 12B jacked up on blocks


Sheila, Joyce and Liz wrapping the small artefacts.


Joyce Jackson and Sheila Barker continued the marathon task of cataloguing and sorting our archive.  We plan to upload part of the index to this website shortly. researchers will then be able to arrange to view items from the list.

Alec Langley, Graham Brooks, Jim Coxon, Colin Wilkinson and Peter Jackson retreated from the damp and cool climate into Carrs Mine. They spent six hours removing the remains of the cable and lighting installations, including every clip, screw, nail and tie. This work required close inspection of walls and roof which led to the discovery of a large rock showing signs of movement. Our risk assessment indicated that the rock was likely to drop at any time and was apparently held up with a clay joint filling. Two people required to move and stack it after we had barred it down. A further inspection has not revealed any more mobile rocks.

Jim travelling to the Rise

Jim travelling to the Rise

Removing the fixings

Alec and Graham removing fixings

A review of the dam in the mine shows that our emergency work to reduce the water flow continues to be successful – a much reduced water flow from the drain valve.


19th October 2016 dawned with some sunshine and temperatures around 11 C. Graham Brooks, Alec Langley, Steve Bentley and Peter Jackson carried out emergency repairs to the pointing and flashing on the Assay House walls and the Barracks south chimney stack. The warm weather has encouraged more plant growth around the Smelting Mill which Sheila Barker removed and filled one large bag.


On 16th October, we discovered that person unknown had broken the ground floor door at Hodgsons Mine shop. Martyn Langley and Allan Richardson repaired the door and installed new locks. We probably need to obtain a new door, which will be a custom made fit and likely to be expensive.  This incident has been reported to the Police.  Not much hope of finding the idiot who did the damage, but if you do……


Our final public Open Day for Carrs Mine in 2016 was on 23rd October. Damp and cold day which probably reduced our visitor numbers. Alec Langley and Charley Hunt went fishing in Carrs Mine to rescue a fish which had appeared in the pool at the base of the dam. Having successfully rescued the fish from the mine, they went in search of our missing shovel in the river. The shovel was found in the waterfall pool and the rescue involved Alec supervising Charley who swam into the pool.