Monument details

HER Number:1446/7/9
Type of record:Archaeology
Name:West Mine Adit 'Scout Hole'


There is an inclined cutting to the adit called 'Scout hole'. It was possibly the original level into the south east end of West Mine (opencast) but was disused and possibly infilled by 1872 and so its function is uncertain. Prior to 1872 this incline was re-used as an access to some sort of furnace (possibly linked with the Cobalt Works and tower, known to have been in operation before 1863). A number of tools were found around the site which appear to have been made on site (ladle, poker, scraper etc) and used for extracting a product from the furnace. The actual position of the Tower is unknown as no foundations have ever been found but a square building or chimney is seen on the 1872 map. Beneath the incline cutting is an even earlier working possibly on a cobalt bearing fault dating approximately to the 1806 - 1820 period.


Monument Types

  • ADIT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • CHIMNEY? (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • COPPER MINE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
Protected Status:Scheduled Monument 1020181: Wood Mine Cobalt Works And Associated Mines, 340M East Of White Barn Farm

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