Mahogany Drift Mine

Francis Drake

Joined November 2010

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The name is of a now disused coal mine at Beamish in County Durham, England; closed in the 1960’s.

A drift mine was one cut horizontally into the side of a hill. This one an in for two miles. The height here is 4/6inches maximum, dropping to 2/6inches at the working coal face. The coal trucks laden weighed half a ton each and were either pushed out by a lad or horse drawn by the very short-legged pit ponies.

Conditions of work were cramped, damp, hard. Pay was mediocre. In the hundred years until the 1980’s 87,000-men died in mine accidents in British coal mines.

Camera Pentax K5 Lens 18-55mm

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