Mining interests grew out of my caving career. After graduating, I became increasingly interested in the Mines at Alderley Edge and elsewhere in the UK. Alderley led on to an interest in mining history.
Historic mines provide a fascinating insight into work in previous times and an impressive example of the resourcefulness of our forefathers. Rarely in this world can one come across a worker's tools still in place 300 years after he left to go home one day. Exploring how a mine was worked and to where it might extend provide two particular interests in this field.
My connections at Alderley Edge mean that I am happy to offer trips to friends or other interested groups or else I can put you in touch with someone else who can give you a trip down the mines. I've also revised the 1979 book about The Alderley Edge Mines and copies can be bought through this website by visiting the bookshop.
I have put some mining pictures in the album here.
For more information about mining, try one of these links below:
Photos: Left: Sand Cavern, Wood Mine; centre: Geevor Mine; right: Golconda Mine (all by NJD)