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Offline conan

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Re: Cobham coalmine
« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2016, 23:19:26 »
The final paragraph in the link that I uploaded mentions methane as one reason that the mine was closed :)
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« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2016, 15:13:04 »
Cobham mine looks almost "open cast" from the lorry loading. I suspect it gently sloped down to where they are working in the other photos so wouldn't have been very deep-probably no methane? The pit props, altho' substantial, don't look brilliant but if not too much above them, adequate.

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« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2016, 14:51:46 »
Interesting photos, thanks DS 239.  Intriguing that although one man is carrying a safety lamp the rest are using open flame carbide lamps. Photo must have been taken before the miners encountered the methane.
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« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2016, 10:55:11 »
Was the lake there before the mine or is it a result of the flooding? All the chalk quarries eventually flooded to a degree.
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Re: Cobham coalmine
« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2016, 02:43:03 »
There was an article about this in the 'Bygone Kent' magazine a long while ago, I might have a copy of it somewhere...,meanwhile a quick browse of the 'net found this: http://www.kentphotoarchive.com/kpa/warpeace/thumblarge.php?keywordname=COBHAM&selection=2&category_id=0&startnumber=5&pagenumber=1
Click through 'next image' for some underground photo's.. :)

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« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2016, 19:57:37 »
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