Roughcastle clay mine.

Tom Astbury
Production date
30 Oct 1979
Shot firer drilling the clay face for placing charges. The shot firer is wearing a hard hat with a battery operated light and wellington boots. The drill has a long drill bit to allow the explosive charges to be placed deep in the face.
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Production date
30 Oct 1979
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The mine was about 30m deep and was worked by the stoop and room method. Coal was worked in 25 cm seams. The mine was not pumped, as water drained naturally into an old shaft. Output per day in 1979 was 20 tons of coal and 95 tons of fireclay. The mine employed about 14 men.

The workings dated from the 1930s although fireclay had been mined for much longer in the area. The mine supplied Roughcastle and later Dyson Refractories. Usually the mine was owned by the brickworks. It closed in 1981.
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