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Sandford East Ochre Mine

Sandford Hill, Sandford.

NGR:ST 4331 5895
WGS84:51.32681, -2.81500
Length:18 m
Depth:18 m
Altitude:117 m
Tags:Mine
Registry:westmendip

This Second World War excavation was developed to help plug the gap caused by dwindling overseas supplies. Managed by the Golden Valley Ochre & Oxide Co., in collaboration with the Via Gellia Colour Co., it was worked by three men from Derbyshire. The mine was serviced with a windlass and a rickety single track narrow gauge railway which carried the ochre across the south slope of the hill to a disused stone quarry adjoining Mapleton Lane. Here it was loaded into lorries for hauling to the Golden Valley works at Wick. The mine has now been completely filled in.

Alternate Names: Star Ochre Mine

Notes: Ref: M. Clarke, N. Gregory and A. Gray, Earth Colours

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