also know as Bonsor Deep or Horse Level was driven in the 2nd quarter of the
19th century, by John Barratt to improve drainage and to allow for the tramming
of ore straight to the Bonsor Mill and dressing floors from the Bonsor Vein.
The level was at a later date extended to the Paddy End Mine and its workings
on the other side of the valley. As the mining complex developed, this level
became more and more important for the removal of ore to the surface. As well
as providing a means of ore removal from the workings above, some 375m of
workings below was also serviced.
A number of shafts intersect the Deep
Level from the surface, Bonsor East, Old Engine, New Engine, and Thriddle. Due
to falls on the level, the more remote areas that the Deep Level gave access
to, can now only be reached by descending these surface shafts or via other
levels which intersect them.
Our first look into this wide ranging level,
and Pete), 3th April 2009.