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Picture of Alderley Edge - Engine Vein


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club logo   Grosvenor Caving Club
Contact: Secretary Year formed: 1982
Email:   Membership: c80
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Area of interest: Lead mines and caves in north-east Wales
Classes of membership: Full and Associate membership £16. (Reduces quarterly)
Publications: Approximately 6 Newsletters per annum.
Archive collection: Large collection of old mine plans belonging to individual members. Contact the Club for information.
Artefact collection: None, but the Club have a register of underground artefacts still in situ. Contact the Secretary, for information.
Sites owned, leased,
licensed or access controlled:
License for access to mines on the Grosvenor and other Estates. For access to the Milwr Tunnel and Halkyn mines, contact the Access Officer: - Stephen Brown (Contact address above). N.B. Visits to the Milwr Tunnel require BCA Insurance.
Current projects: Continuing exploration of the Halkyn Mines and several other projects.
Services: Consultancy work carried out by several members. Contact the Secretary for details.

In the 24 years since the club's formation, the GCC have re-opened ten important mines in which 26 miles of passage have been explored. The club's chief activity is the re-opening of old lead mines in Flintshire and Denbighshire where several major excavations are currently under way. Access agreements are in place for the Milwr Tunnel and Halkyn mines and the club regularly take visiting clubs from all over the country into these workings. Most of Halkyn Mines are reached via the Milwr (sea-level) Tunnel. Exploration then centres on pushing upwards. This photograph shows a passage and stope 400 feet above the Milwr Tunnel, in the Great Halkyn Vein, some two miles from the entrance. The surface is a further 400 feet above. Chris Ebbs

Last updated: 07/11/2021

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