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Planning for Destruction After the Death of Coal in County Durham

The English village brings to mind images of luscious rolling fields, beautiful stone built cottages with thatched roofs and winding country roads.  These are the places words like ‘genteel’, ‘quaint’ and ‘idyllic’ were made for. Travel companies lure weary city-dwellers … Continue reading

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Ministry of Supply Ammunition Depot, Brasside

There is a woeful amount of information on this site. There is some evidence that it was a WWII Ministry of Supply Ammunition Depot. The formation and construction of the bunkers is similar to other ammo storage sites both retired … Continue reading

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Cambokeels Fluorite Mine

Cambokeels Mine was built on an abandoned medieval village, opening initially in 1847 as a lead mine. Poor yields lead to closure in 1871. The mine lay dormant until 1906 when it was re-opened and worked for fluorspar. Cambokeels closed … Continue reading

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Groverake Fluorite Mine

Mining started as early as the 18th century at Groverake, which was initially unproductive mining for lead. Flourspar was mined here in the late 19th century but problems removing silica rendered this only marginally profitable. By the time WWII came around … Continue reading

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Train Graveyard

There’s a lot of railway history in this yard, but one particular gem stands out. In many of the photographs you will see what looks to be a crane towering over the rest of the locos and carriages. This is … Continue reading

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Bowes Railway Station

Along with other vestigial remains of the South Durham & Lancashire Union Railway, Bowes Railway Station looks like it could have been put there by aliens. Tracing the line is difficult, with much of being paved over by roads or … Continue reading

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Broomielaw Signal Box

It may seem bizarre now that a private station train station should exist but prior to the development of road and air transport the railway was the most effective means of travelling long distance. Investors in passenger stations sought to … Continue reading

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