History of Lindal & Marton

A village community at the heart of Furness


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Iron Mining Photographs

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Mineworkings around Lindal and Marton

These photographs are reproduced by kind permission of Paul Kelly. Text on this page is summarised from 'The Red Earth' by Dave Kelly, ISBN 0-9534779-0-8, and 'The Iron Moor' by Alen McFadzean, ISBN 0-9512946-1-X.

B30 Pit B30 Pit

Located in the Buccleuch Royalty (hence the B) on Lindal Moor, south of Bell Hill Cottages. Operated by Harrison Ainslie & Company from 1881 (approx) to 1914. This was a very large pit, and was the main production pit on Lindal Moor. The shaft serviced most of the surrounding pit workings, including some in the Muncaster Royalty. The photo shows Furness Railway four-plank ore wagons, marked 'FR' on their sides. There are several other wagons and ore tubs on narrow gauge tracks.

B33 Trial Pit B33 Trial Pit

One of many smaller pits in the area around the B30 Pit. Operated from 1860s (approx). Closed in 1914 as the shaft was collapsing. The photo shows several narrow gauge wagons and ore tubs.

Backguards Pit Backguards Pit

Located in the Whitriggs area, west of Church Farm. Operated by the Barrow Haematite Steel Company from 1885 (approx) to 1914 (approx). Taken over by North Lonsdale Iron & Steel Company in 1917, and finally abandoned in 1924. This was a large pit that had frequent problems with flooding.

Bercune No 2 Pit Bercune No 2 Pit

Located east of Lindal Cote, pits in the Bercune area were operated by the Ulverston Mining Company from 1838 to 1878. The Bercune mine was then operated by the Wigan Coal & Iron Company until 1902, and finally by Harrison Ainslie and Company until 1914 when the mine was closed. Bercune No 1 Pit was 495 feet deep and Bercune No 2 Pit was 300 feet deep. The mine was electrified in 1907 and the pumping system upgraded.

Diamond Pit Diamond Pit

Diamond Pit was within the Muncaster Royalty, and was located south of Whinfield, east of the current Lindal Cricket Club. Operated by Harrison Ainslie & Company. This was the main water-pumping pit in the Royalty. It was 612 feet deep. The pumping arrangements were electrified and upgraded in 1907.

Lowfield No 4 Pit Lowfield No 4 Pit

Located in the Lowfield area of Lord Muncaster's Pennington Estate, close to the junction of Green Lane and the A590. Mines in the Lowfield area were operated by the Parkside Mining Company from 1864 to 1892. The No 4 Pit was unusual because the shaft ran at a 43 degree angle. The lease was taken over by Harrison Ainslie and Company in 1892, who installed a very large water-pump. Lowfield was electrified in 1907 and the pumping arrangements were upgraded again. At the time Lowfield was the company's largest and deepest mine. The mine operated until 1914 when the company went into liquidation.

Miners at Nigel Pit Miners at Nigel Pit

Nigel Pit was at Roanhead, and had two shafts. It operated from 1902 to 1942. Although not located in the Lindal and Marton area, this photo is included as it is one of only a few available showing miners working underground. In this photo the miners are using a compressed air tool to break up the rock face.


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