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Robert Broughton's Photo Gallery

Eastern Shaft (flooded) and pumping pit.

East Combe Mine, Swimbridge, North Devon, Devon, England, UK

The masonry lined east shaft at Coombe Valley Consols (Swimbridge Mine).

This site was worked for argentiferous galena and various iron ores, an outlying extension of the Bampfylde Lode.
Photo ID: 279062     Uploaded by: Robert Broughton   View Count: 429   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2000 x 3008 pixels (6.0 Mpix)

YQF-T3JSiderite, Quartz

East Combe Mine, Swimbridge, North Devon, Devon, England, UK

Typical gangue sample from the spoil tips of West Coombe Consols. This sample is from the Eastern Shaft.

NB: 2pence piece = 25mm in diameter.
Photo ID: 279060     Uploaded by: Robert Broughton   View Count: 414   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 3008 x 2000 pixels (6.0 Mpix)

View of adit workings

Tregoodwell adit, Advent, Cornwall, England, UK

Bats inhabiting the far end of Tregoodwell adit.
Photo ID: 273145     Uploaded by: Robert Broughton   View Count: 482   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 600 x 450 pixels (0.3 Mpix)

View of loose spoil.

Bestridge quarry, Swimbridge, North Devon, Devon, England, UK

A view here of the loose spoil in the banks. Frequents falls of debris occur during wet weather. This photo is taken from the position of the old trackbed.
Orange and white encrusting calcitic minerals can be found along this section of the spoil face.

Work at this site over winter 2009 and summer 2010 will continue at Dead Sheep Hole for more Chalcopyrite and other associated hydrothermal minerals. Coombe Valley Consols (South Coombe Martin) mine continues to yield Sphalerite amongst the hdrothermal vein quartz, and work here will focuss on locating the argentiferous galena the site produced.

Swimbridge Consols Reworkings.
Photo ID: 185284     Uploaded by: Robert Broughton   View Count: 993   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1024 x 768 pixels (0.8 Mpix)

View of Limekiln at the Marsh quarry site.

Bestridge quarry, Swimbridge, North Devon, Devon, England, UK

This is one of four attached limekilns visible at the far eastern end of the Marsh Quarry site.
Photo ID: 185174     Uploaded by: Robert Broughton   View Count: 420   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 800 x 600 pixels (0.5 Mpix)

View of Quarry entrance.

Bestridge quarry, Swimbridge, North Devon, Devon, England, UK

Bestridge Quarry Limestone workings, Swimbridge, North Devon, UK

Large entrance way cut through previous spoil heaps. Abundant Westphalian fossil fauna can be found here, particularly bivalve Posidonia sp. and small goniates.
In 2008 small scale re-working of these spoil heaps produced limited quantities of porphoryblastic hydrothermal Chalcoyrite in large groupings of single cubic masses (From Dead Sheep Hole, the left of view). Approx 4 kilos of material sold for collections.

Work at this site over winter 2009 and summer 2010 will continue at Dead Sheep Hole for more Chalcopyrite and other associated hydrothermal minerals. West Coombe Consols (South Coombe Martin) mine continues to yield Sphalerite amongst the hdrothermal vein quartz, and work here will focuss on locating the argentiferous galena the site produced.

Update Jan 2010: mineralised veins from Dead Sheep Hole are now virtually worked out with only a few kilo's of specimens remaining in storage.

Swimbridge Consols Reworkings.
Photo ID: 185159     Uploaded by: Robert Broughton   View Count: 510   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1024 x 768 pixels (0.8 Mpix)

View of flooded main workings.

Bestridge quarry, Swimbridge, North Devon, Devon, England, UK

Swimbridge Consols Limestone workings, in the parish of Swimbridge, North Devon. Please note this site is private property.

Approx 600 feet across by 300 wide. Waters surveyed to atleast 50' depth. Here the Crackington formation has been completely stripped away revealing slates of the Pilton beds. Extensive fossil fauna including trilobite Spatulina spatulata.

Work at this site over winter 2009 and summer 2010 will continue at Dead Sheep Hole for more Chalcopyrite and other associated hydrothermal minerals. Coombe Valley Consols (South Coombe Martin) mine continues to yield Sphalerite amongst the hdrothermal vein quartz, and work here will focuss on locating the argentiferous galena the site produced.

Swimbridge Consols Reworkings.
Photo ID: 185158     Uploaded by: Robert Broughton   View Count: 791   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1024 x 768 pixels (0.8 Mpix)

YYW-M37Chalcopyrite

Bestridge quarry, Swimbridge, North Devon, Devon, England, UK

Swymbridge Consols Lime Workings, Swimbridge, North Devon.

This site is an extensive former limestone working in the parish of Swimbridge, North Devon, UK.

A quarried syncline of the Crackington formation inbetween ridges of the Coddon Chert.

Isolated cubic masses upto 1cm square.
Photo ID: 185156     Uploaded by: Robert Broughton   View Count: 649   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1024 x 768 pixels (0.8 Mpix)
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