‘Pristine’ 200-year-old mine uncovered in England

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(CNN) – 200 year old “Pristine” cobalt Mine Discovered in Cheshire, Northwest EnglandReveals a treasure trove of personal belongings left behind by workers.

The mine, which may have come into production during the Napoleonic Wars, was found in the village of Alderley Edge. It is believed to have been abandoned in 1810, according to a press release on Tuesday by the UK Defense Charity National Trust.

Leather shoes, clay pipes, metal buttons from the jacket and mine machinery were found.

Inscriptions inscribed on the candle suit also came out, as well as a clay bowl that may have been buried in the wall by superstitious miners to show their gratitude for the good quality of the mineral.

National Trust archaeologist Jamie Lund (left) and Derbyshire Caving Club member Ed Coglan (right) explore an unused cobalt mine in the English village of Alderly Age.

National Trust archaeologist Jamie Lund (left) and Ed Coglan (right), a member of the Derbyshire Caving Club, explore an unused cobalt mine in the English village of Alderly Age.

Paul Harris / National Trust

Other discoveries include physical impressions of miners, such as fingerprints in the clay used to carry candles and the indentation of corduroy from the worker’s clothing where they rest against a wall.

Members of the Derbyshire Caving Club made the discovery last fall, the press release said, adding that experts have been researching it ever since.

Among the items the researchers found in the mine was a windmill covered with a tight wound rope.

Among the items the researchers found in the mine was a windmill covered with a tight wound rope.

Ed Coglan / Derbyshire Caving Club

Ed Kogel, a member of the Derbyshire Caving Club, said the organization has discovered many unusable historical mines and made some “significant” discoveries, but this latest discovery is particularly special.

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“With such personal items and inscriptions, it is rare to find a mine in ancient condition,” Kogal said in the release.

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“It’s an exciting window into the past and the last day when miners stopped their activities.”

These leather shoes of a former quarry worker were found from the mine.

These leather shoes of a former quarry worker were found from the mine.

Ed Coglan / Derbyshire Caving Club

Kogal added that one of the items left behind was a windless lifting device, which would normally be taken to other mines for reuse. Researchers say his abandonment suggests workers were ordered to collect their equipment and leave “without further warning”.

The National Trust owns the land, which has been leased to the Caving Club since the 1970s.

Researchers photographed and listed things like this little blue button attached to a former quarry worker.

Researchers photographed and listed things like this little blue button attached to a former quarry worker.

Ed Coglan / Derbyshire Caving Club

Cobalt was used to make blue paint in glass and earthenware in 19th century England. Mining was short-lived for him in England. It gained momentum during the Napoleonic Wars from 1803 to 1815 when foreign imports stopped. However, trade resumed shortly after the dispute ended, meaning some mines – such as those at Alderly Edge – were closed, the press release said.

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