Sunday 23 March 2014

Five Buddles Sink. Priddy, Mendip.

When:  23 Mar 2014  10.00 – 12.00 pm.
Where:  Five Buddles Sink. Priddy, Mendip.
Who:    Darren T, Rich T.

A small lead mine which shows several periods of activity since before 1709.  There is the remains of a wheel pit at one end which would have housed a 10.5 feet diameter water wheel.  From the foot of the pitch a short mined level leads to 20 metres of natural streamway, which is walled in places by the lead miners.  This runs under the road to the foot of a 3 metre Cornish shaft.  From the foot of the shaft a 10 metre long natural rift can be entered.  Much of the passage still contains wooden flooring from the late 19th century, when the site was used as a tailings pit by the Mendip Hills Mining Company.


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