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Pictures from the digging log
~ Caine Hill Shaft ~

Brief Description: Caine Hill Shaft was uncovered in 2003 by Tim Andrews when he was enlarging the entrance to his drive.   He removed part of a dry stone wall to discover a metal plate, the covering to a stone-walled shaft.

Tim told Mike Thompson about the discovery one lunchtime in the New Inn and Mike started a dig in the shaft with the help of John Walsh, Dudley Herbert, Rich Dolby, Mark Howden and Tony Audsley.

The early diggers dropped out for various different reasons and the dig lay fallow until re-started in earnest by Tony Jarratt in March 2007.

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Caine Hill Shaft
Summer 2003
Richard Dolby in the "original" entrance
Caine Hill Shaft
Summer 2003
Mike Thompson at the bottom of the entrance shaft.
Caine Hill Shaft
Summer 2003
Dudley Herbert at the then bottom of the dig.
Caine Hill Shaft
Summer 2003
Dudley Herbert
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2nd April 2007
Trevor Hughes at the entrance
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2nd April 2007
Tony Jarratt drilling in the rift.
caine hill shaft
2nd April 2007
Tony Jarratt.
caine hill shaft
2nd April 2007
Looking up at the entrance.
caine hill shaft
2nd April 2007
Fume-filled entrance shaft.
caine hill shaft
2nd April 2007
JRat looking down the shaft.
caine hill shaft
9th April 2007
JRat chiselling in the rift
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9th April 2007
Looking up rift towards the entrance.
caine hill shaft
13th August 2007
Vacuum cleaner sucking out fumes and CO2.
fashion parade
13th August 2007
A vision in blue and pink furry-suit.
caine hill shaft
3rd September 2007
Looking down at seatings for the concrete beam.
caine hill shaft
11th September 2007
Preparing formwork for the beam.
ACME miracle bar bender
14th September 2007
The ACME miracle bar-bender.
ACME miracle bar bender
14th September 2007
The ACME miracle bar-bender in action.
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14th September 2007
Preparation of the reinforcing bars.
caine hill shaft
1st October 2007
Formwork and reinforcing in position
figures in the mist
2ndOctober 2007
The cement mixing team
Alice Audsley, Rosie Audsley & Pierre Abastado

Last modified:   01-Apr-2008