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Ivor Brown Memorial Day

Ivor at Blists Hill during a Mining Celebration

Ivor Brown in the Forest Glen (Blists Hill) talking to retired miners commemorating 30 years since the closure of Granville Colliery.

The Friends of The Ironbridge Gorge Museums and the Shropshire Caving & Mining Club are holding a day of talks and films in memory of Dr Ivor Brown, Saturday 27th October 2018 in the Glass Classroom, Ironbridge Gorge Museum Offices, Coalbrookdale.

Ivor Brown was a leading light in many local history organisations and was well known for his talks and the visits that he organised to many fascinating locations. As a way of commemorating his life speakers from several organisations that he was involved with will be contributing to the day.

If you wish to attend, the booking form, with payment details, can be downloaded here. Cost is £10, with sandwich buffet, or £5 without the buffet.

Ivor leading a walk around Granville Country Park

Ivor talking about the site of Barnyard Colliery during his walk around around Granville Country Park, Telford, Shropshire.

Additional Activities

On the Saturday evening the Shropshire Caving & Mining Club will be holding their annual dinner at Wroxeter Hotel - more details below.

Sunday 28th October - Walks

Two guided walks will be offered on Sunday 28th October of about 2 hours in length (details to be confirmed later), places are limited so please indicate on the booking form if you are interested in taking part.

  1. A walk around Coalbrookdale. Leader: David De Haan, Chair, Friends of the IGMT
  2. Jackfield stabilisation works and mining in the Gorge. Leader: Neal Rushton, Chair, SCMC

Booking Form   Provisional Event Programme

Club Annual Dinner

To be held at: The WROXETER HOTEL, Shrewsbury on Saturday 27th October 2018, 7.30pm for 7.45pm. £25 per head.

To be followed by a Presentation from Nigel Dibben, Chairman NAMHO on the Mines of Alderley Edge.

And an Envelope Raffle in aid of Cave Rescue (donation of prizes will be gratefully received) and Presentation of Awards.

We welcome members, guests and in particular those attending the Ivor Brown memorial conference. Download the menu and booking form (PDF documents):

Annual Dinner Menu   Dinner Booking Form

The Bog Ropeway Trestle

On the 27th March the Stiperstones & Corndon Landscape Partnership erected a ropeway trestle at the Bog Visitor centre (Stiperstones Shropshire SY5 0NG). The trestle designed by "Ropeways Limited" stands on the line of Bog's aerial ropeway, it is similar to steel trestles used on the ropeway and has been placed there as a memorial to all those who worked at the mine.

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The ropeway trestle erected at the Bog Visitor Centre

The Bog trestle

Talybont (Alltycrib) mine trip

On Friday 19th January several club members visited Talybont (Alltycrib) mine. All initially descended the so-called Air Shaft into the main workings.

Alan Robinson at top of Talybont entrance pitch (Andy Wood)

Talybont entrance pitch

Andy Wood was the first to descend the second pitch using the in-situ rope, but found that it was two ropes knotted together and slightly awkward to pass, then the top ladder collapsed below him*.

After the two rope pitches there are a series of short fixed ladders to descend – this brings you to a cross-cut that if followed comes to the main adit level. Inbye there are several mining artefacts to view.

* The top ladder is not really part of the descent system and was probably an older ladder removed from below and just left on the pitch for convenience! Part of one leg had rotted and it collapsed when Andy stepped on it. The ladder was reversed so that the broken section is now near the top.

Deviations were placed near the top, and lower down the second pitch – a single 45m rope will cover both rope pitches and use of the deviations removes any rub points. There are now two 10mm bolts near the rebelay location but they require hangers to use (one of these bolts was added during the trip – another bolt was placed lower down for the second deviation).

Flooded working at end of adit level (Andy Wood)

Flooded working in the level

Subsequently a visit was made to Wilkinson’s Level which was more extensive than remembered or expected. The pitch beyond the oil drum was not descended. A report was made to the Bat group that a greater horseshoe bat was seen in Wilkinson’s Level.

Report by: Steve Holding

Miners hat with candle and lens

Diary Dates

26th-27th August: Shrewsbury Steam Rally, Onslow Park, Shrewsbury. The Shropshire Mines Trust will have their marquee and rock crushing display, plus the Club will have a stand in the marquee. Set-up day for the display is Saturday 25th.

15th September, 10:30am to 3:30pm: Wrekin Local Studies Forum "Telford 50" event at The Place, Oakengates, Telford. A local history event to be held as part of the 50th Anniversary of Telford celebrations. More details at

21st-23rd September 2018: Hidden Earth, National Caving Conference at Churchill Academy, Mendip. More details on their web:

27th October: Ivor Brown Memorial Day, Glass Classroom, Coalbrookdale. In association with the Friends of the IGMT.

27th October: SCMC Annual Dinner at Wroxeter Hotel, 7:30pm for 7:45pm.

28th October: Guided Walks - part of the Ivor Brown Memorial Event.


4th-8th July, 2019: NAMHO 2019 Conference, to be hosted by Roy Fellows at Llanafan (between Tregaron and Aberystwyth), Ceredigion, in Wales.


Old Items of interest

crossed picks Bog Ropeway Trestle, 2018

crossed picks 40 Yard Truck, 2015

crossed picks Black Tom Jigs, 2013

crossed picks Safety Platform Work - Snailbeach, 2013

crossed picks Hughs Bridge Canal Tunnel, 2012

crossed picks Snailbeach 112 yard trip, 2011

crossed picks SCMC 50th Anniversary Dinner, 2011

crossed picks Miners Reunion, - 2009 events

crossed picks NAMHO 2009 - a brief report

crossed picks Crushing Blow!, Criggion Quarry

crossed picks Collapse in Level Fawr, Cwmystwyth

crossed picks Nine Madeley Men - re-dedication

crossed picks Old relics from a Broseley Mine

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