This is an
old drainage level that dates back to the first quarter of the 17th century,
which intersects the Bonsor Vein, under cutting the Low Work workings. It was
driven by hand and pick marks can clearly be seen in this excellent example of
a coffin level, signs indicate that fire setting could have also been used to
shatter the rock when it was being driven.
The level is only some 80m
long, and just before the end of the level a junction to the left connects with
the Bonsor Vein. However the branch immediately reaches a rubble slope and
choke, which are deads that have come from the old stopes above.
Our first and probably last look in this old coffin
(Mike and Pete), 3th April 2009.