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South Minera Walker's Shaft

South Minera Walker's Shaft lies in the community of Esclusham in the county of Wrexham. It is located at Ordnance Survey national grid reference SJ25305010. The mine is recorded in the CPAT Historic Environment Record as number 18199 and this number should be quoted in all correspondence.

Lead/Silver/Zinc (1860s-1913)

Cefn-y-Fedw Sandstone overlying Carboniferous Limestone.

The South Minera Vein runs south-eastwards from the Pool Park Sett; worked by Walkers Shaft (SJ25305020) and Dixon's Shaft (SJ25754975), it continues as the Gomerian Drainage level with a line of adit shafts. The workings were later incorporated by the Minera Mountain Company who worked the sett until 1913. The 1899 schedule of Buildings for the Minera Mountain Sett lists an agent's house, office and outbuildings, an engine house, cabin and a stable for Walker's Shaft.

No evidence.

The engine house is destroyed to foundation level at SJ20355020. A large concrete platform lies to the north-west of it, being a much later feature. Walkers' shaft is north of the engine house remains, surrounded by spoil tips. It appears to have housed a horizontal winding engine.

The remains of square ore bins appear on the sides of Walker's Shaft.

Other features
At SJ25305020, the stone foundations of a three roomed rectangular building. An iron plate in one wall indicates a chimney and the building could have been the smithy. The remains of a building, partly rendered at SJ25255015, would suggest the agent's house and garden area.

This HTML page is reproduced from the Powys and Clwyd Metal Mine Surveys which were undertaken between May 1992 and December 1993 by Mark Walters and Pat Frost of the Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust with financial support from Powys County Council, Clwyd County Council and Cadw: Welsh Historic Monuments. Further information about this site is available in CPAT's Regional Historic Environment Record.
Page produced by Rachel Stebbings and Chris Martin.