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Engine Vein
Engine Vein has been worked since the Bronze Age. It was last worked in the late nineteenth century. It exhibits a wide variety of interesting geology.

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Sub-headings

    Surface and entrance passage
    Pot Shaft and the Roman workings
    Underground workings
    Blue Shaft and the Hough Level


Surface and entrance passage
Engine Vein surfaceEngine Vein in winterBronze Age workingsBronze Age workings viewed from belowDigging Balloon Shaft
Engine Vein surfaceEngine Vein in winterBronze Age workingsBronze Age workings viewed from belowDigging Balloon Shaft
Digging Ring ShaftDigging Bear Pit - the winchDigging Bear PitThe Vein concreted over after cleaning off the material that had built up over the yearsNew entrance (before enlarging)
Digging Ring ShaftDigging Bear Pit - the winchDigging Bear PitThe Vein concreted over after cleaning off the material that had built up over the yearsNew entrance (before enlarging)
The enlarged entrance to the mineInside the entrance passageThe end of the entrance passageThe ramp at the end of the entrance passage 
The enlarged entrance to the mineInside the entrance passageThe end of the entrance passageThe ramp at the end of the entrance passage 

Pot Shaft and the Roman workings
Pot Shaft archaeological digPot Shaft archaeological dig with DCC members working on itThe days the coins were foundThe Roman coinsThe Roman level before excavation
Pot Shaft archaeological digPot Shaft archaeological dig with DCC members working on itThe days the coins were foundThe Roman coinsThe Roman level before excavation
The Roman level after excavationThe Roman level after excavation looking back into the main passagePot Shaft from below  
The Roman level after excavationThe Roman level after excavation looking back into the main passagePot Shaft from below  

Underground workings
Steps placed in the mine to make easier access to the Roman galleryAzurite spheres near the entranceUnder the concreteUnder the concrete - the white is fungusUnder the concrete capping.  Semi-pillars on the right support the roof.  The wooden steps are behind the figure.
Steps placed in the mine to make easier access to the Roman galleryAzurite spheres near the entranceUnder the concreteUnder the concrete - the white is fungusUnder the concrete capping. Semi-pillars on the right support the roof. The wooden steps are behind the figure.
Timbering in the main passageStarting down the steps from the foot of the ramp, heading for the main chamberSteps down through the main passageAt the start of the bridgeLooking down to the Main Chamber
Timbering in the main passageStarting down the steps from the foot of the ramp, heading for the main chamberSteps down through the main passageAt the start of the bridgeLooking down to the Main Chamber
Approaching the bridgeAlong the Main ChamberOn the bridgeVisitors on the bridgeThe stairs down in the Main Chamber
Approaching the bridgeAlong the Main ChamberOn the bridgeVisitors on the bridgeThe stairs down in the Main Chamber
Copper staining on the wallsShotholes in the hanging wall beyond the bridgeBeyond the bridgeThe high level bridge at Bear PitOld workings on the vein
Copper staining on the wallsShotholes in the hanging wall beyond the bridgeBeyond the bridgeThe high level bridge at Bear PitOld workings on the vein
In the main chamber, looking east towards the bridge and the entranceThe archway into the chamber at the west end of the mine.  The ladders leads up to some passages close to the surfaceRipple Roof ChamberA low crawl at the top end of the mineWest End extension
In the main chamber, looking east towards the bridge and the entranceThe archway into the chamber at the west end of the mine. The ladders leads up to some passages close to the surfaceRipple Roof ChamberA low crawl at the top end of the mineWest End extension
West End extensionDigging Blue Shaft passageDigging Blue Shaft passage - laying the railwayDigging Blue Shaft passageDigging Blue Shaft passage
West End extensionDigging Blue Shaft passageDigging Blue Shaft passage - laying the railwayDigging Blue Shaft passageDigging Blue Shaft passage
Fault in Blue Shaft passageThe fault in Blue Shaft passage - this is the smooth wall on the rightTop of Bear PitThe coffin level above Blue ShaftA person giving scale to the coffin level
Fault in Blue Shaft passageThe fault in Blue Shaft passage - this is the smooth wall on the rightTop of Bear PitThe coffin level above Blue ShaftA person giving scale to the coffin level
Crawling in top level of mine, close to the surfaceIn the top level of mine   
Crawling in top level of mine, close to the surfaceIn the top level of mine   

Blue Shaft and the Hough Level
Blue ShaftPart of the ladder way in Blue ShaftBlue ShaftBlue ShaftDigging Balloon passage
Blue ShaftPart of the ladder way in Blue ShaftBlue ShaftBlue ShaftDigging Balloon passage
Tipping down Bear PitBear Pit ore chuteBear Pit ore chuteThe junction in Hough levelRing Shaft ore chute
Tipping down Bear PitBear Pit ore chuteBear Pit ore chuteThe junction in Hough levelRing Shaft ore chute
Ring Shaft ore chuteClay formation in Ring Shaft passageThe BoatGraffiti near the BoatMain chamber in Engine Vein
Ring Shaft ore chuteClay formation in Ring Shaft passageThe BoatGraffiti near the BoatMain chamber in Engine Vein
Blue ShaftCoffin Level near Blue Shaft   
Blue ShaftCoffin Level near Blue Shaft   

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