South Crofty Mine Inside 2016: Whilst onsite Tracy and I had the surprise invitation to have a look around the remaining buildings. Thanks to Paul for giving up his time to show us around. This page contains the images I took, it will be added to as I print more. It was both interesting and sad, bearing in mind the last time I had been in many of these building was when the mine was open.
South Crofty Mine Inside 2016.1 – The Blacksmith’s Shop had hardly changed since I had last seen it, everything was still as it had been left. Much of the floor space had however been used for storage.
South Crofty Mine Inside 2016.2 – One of the forge has obviously been used as a birds nest at some time.
South Crofty Mine Inside 2016.3 – All the equipment was still where it had last been used, fading signs on the wall, it was all very sad.
South Crofty Mine Inside 2016.4 – Piles of drill steels, still waiting to be sharpened after many years.
South Crofty Mine Inside 2016.5 – Metal clamps and hooks still hanging on the wall.
South Crofty Mine Inside 2016.6 – I am sure somebody will know the use of these items.
South Crofty Mine Inside 2016.7 – A layer of rust covered all the metalwork hanging up.
South Crofty Mine Inside 2016.8 – This is part of the cylinder cover from the Cook’s Shaft pumping engine, found in a pile of rubble.
South Crofty Mine Inside 2016.9 – It was quite spooky, it just felt that time had stopped.
South Crofty Mine Inside 2016.10 – An electric powered hacksaw, it was quite a beast.
South Crofty Mine Inside 2016.11 – And an image from the side, in the background is one of the light charging racks that the mine used when it was open.
South Crofty Mine Inside 2016.12 – The blacksmith’s rest room, I don’t think anyone had been in here for years.
South Crofty Mine Inside 2016.13 – Still there after so many years, a pneumatic hammer made by Alldays and Onions of Birmingham. It probably dates back to he 1930’s.
South Crofty Mine Inside 2016.14 – A front view of the pneumatic hammer.
South Crofty Mine Inside 2016.15 – A final “arty” image from the Blacksmith’s Shop for South Crofty Mine Inside 2016, it caught my eye as I left the building.
This next part of this South Crofty Mine Inside page was taken in the North Winder House. The original shed was sold sometime ago and a smaller shed was erected for storage and to protect the winder from the weather.
South Crofty Mine Inside 2016.16 – This is the driver’s cabin for the North Winder.
South Crofty Mine Inside 2016.17 – This is one of the huge electric motors that powered this wonderful machine.
South Crofty Mines Inside 2016.18 – One of the huge drums of the winder. These drums had a diameter of 3.81m, they weigh 26 Tons each and would rotate at 38.3 R.P.M.
South Crofty Mines Inside 2016.19 – A closer image of the internals of the drum.
South Crofty Mine Inside 2016.20 – A detailed image showing the braking arms on each of the drums.
South Crofty Mine Inside 2016.21 – The winder from the other side, the 35mm wire rope can be clearly seen on the drum.
South Crofty Mine Inside 2016.22 – The years had taken their toll on the winder, it would be nice to think she will be up and running again someday.
South Crofty Mine Inside 2016.23 – This great drum pulled skips from the mine that could carry between 6-8 tons, the winder would bring them to grass at 25ft per second.
The next section of this South Crofty Mine page was taken inside the South Winder Shed, I required special permission to gain access here, as well as personal safety equipment and face mask.
South Crofty Mines Inside 2016.24 – The South Winder was used primarily for manriding in New Cooks Kitchen Shaft, built in 1959 by a company called Fullarton. It was installed here in the 1970’s having been purchased from a closed colliery and converted from steam to electric power.
South Crofty Mines Inside 2016.25 – Over the years of closure the winder had suffered, a combination of rust, neglect and bird droppings.
South Crofty Mines Inside 2016.26 – My favourite image of the winder on this page, the photo gives an idea of the size of the interior of the winding shed. I took so many pictures that day, but this is the one that really came out well.
South Crofty Mines Inside 2016.26 – The great drive motor for the winder.
South Crofty Mines Inside 2016.27 – Both the drums from the front, still loaded with wire rope.
South Crofty Mines Inside 2016.28 – The main drive axle between the two drums, in the background is one of the many control panels in the building.
South Crofty Mines Inside 2016.29 – This image is looking between the two drums.
South Crofty Mines Inside 2016.30 – A side on view of one of the huge drums. These are 16ft in diameter, there was enough 1 1/2” steel rope to drop the 2,400ft shaft with a maximum reach of 3300ft available.
South Crofty Mines Inside 2016.31 – Part of the complicated drive gear.
South Crofty Mines Inside 2016.32 – The drivers cabin for the South Winder.
South Crofty Mines Inside 2016.33 – The control panel for the underground pump stations.
There are more images which will appear on this page when I have printed them in the darkroom.
South Crofty Mine Mill