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Kennisham Hill Mine, Luxborough, Brendon Hills, Somerset, England, UK
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UK Grid Reference: SS963361
Latitude: 51°6'52"N
Longitude: 3°28'58"W
 
 
The Mine was opened (or reopened) in 1853 by an Iron smelting company from south Wales. Initially mining Goethite/Hematite, this giving way to Siderite at a shallow depth. The discontinues east-west lode structure hosted in Devonian Slates also contains sparse Copper and rare Bismuth mineralization. The highest output of Iron Ore was in 1877 with 47,000 tons for all the Brendon Hill Iron mines. The mine closing in 1883 due to imports from Spain and the unsuitability of Siderite as an ore. There was an abortive attempt at revival in 1907.
Dumps and collapse stopes workings in forested area 500 yards north-west of picnic site and 3 miles east-south-east of Wheddon Cross, a very recent Somerset village dating from the 1820s

Mineral List

Atelestite
Baryte
Bismutite
Bornite
Brochantite
Chalcocite
Chalcopyrite
'Chlorite Group'
Chrysocolla
Connellite
Cuprite
Goethite
Langite
Malachite
Pyrite
Pyrolusite ?
Pyromorphite
Quartz
Siderite
'Wad'


20 entries listed. 18 valid minerals.

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References

Jones, M.H. (2011): The Brendon Hills Iron Mines and the West Somerset Railway. Lightmoor Press, 416 pp.

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