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Kennisham Hill Mine, Luxborough, Brendon Hills, Somerset, England, UK

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 51° 6' 52'' North , 3° 28' 58'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 51.11444,-3.48278
UK National Grid Reference:SS963361

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

18 valid minerals.

Regional Geology

This geological map and associated information on rock units at or nearby to the coordinates given for this locality is based on relatively small scale geological maps provided by various national Geological Surveys. This does not necessarily represent the complete geology at this locality but it gives a background for the region in which it is found.

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Late Devonian
358.9 - 382.7 Ma
Upper Devonian Rocks (Undifferentiated)

Age: Late Devonian (358.9 - 382.7 Ma)

Lithology: Mudstone, siltstone and sandstone

Reference: British Geological Survey. DiGMapGB-625. British Geological Survey ©NERC. [23]

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

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