Wednesday, 25 May 2016
Claxby Ironstone Mine
We greatly appreciated the heritage walk yesterday which brought us to this point and helped us understand it. The metal posts in the hollow are all that remain of the wheels from which wire ropes ran out on a straight line ahead on which trucks full of ore would have run up and down on lost lines of rail down the slope to the the equally lost railway sidings at the bottom.
Here is the ironstone itself - still outcropping close by in a disused quarry which predates the mine itself. The ironstone used to build St Michael's (and many similar churches) must have come out of similar quarries centuries earlier. Thanks to both the Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology and to the landowner.
And here is the view from Claxby Top at the end of the day.