Fixby (Huddersfield) Mines walk

September 12th 2012

Roger and Elaine Lynch took us on a fascinating walk around a small area of Fixby to see the remains of mines and quarries. Roger has gleaned his knowledge of local mining from mine abandonment plans, so has a good knowledge of the extent of underground workings in Huddersfield.

The local sandstones are the Elland Flags and Greenmoor Rock which we saw at the disused Longwood House Quarry, one of many in the area. There was a mine entrance at the base of the quarry which was used to extract flagstones and roofing slates from gently dipping well-bedded sandstones.

The Better Bed Coal was worked widely in the area and there are many shafts and adits, most of which have been filled in and the land used for housing. Roger pointed out several gardens and roads which have shafts and adits underneath them. We enjoyed observing signs of mining in Upper and Lower Fell Greave Woods, such as bell-pits with trees leaning inwards around them because of subsidence. There were plenty of fragments of coal, iron nodules and some plant fossils lying in the spoil in the woods.

NEXT FIELD TRIP

Sunday 22nd April:  Trowbarrow Limestone Quarry (N Lancs.) and Carnforth Ironworks.
(NB Dry Rig quarry etc day cancelled due to snow will now be on 29th July.)

NEXT TALK

The Isle of Mull's fascinating and complex geology will be the subject of Lesley Collins' illustrated talk.
 (NB May's meeting will now be Members' Contribution night.)

UPCOMING EVENTS

Yorkshire Geology Day, Saturday 21st April at the National Coalmining Museum nr Horbury.
We are helping out with activities in the morning - 10.30 start.  In the afternoon there is a series of lectures.
We had great feedback from our session with Year 8 at Almondbury Community School:- "I was wowed" and "I really enjoyed the activities".  We too had a great time!