Holme Bank chert mine was worked from c.1800 up to 1960. There are extensive workings, notable for the large packwalls used to support the roof after the chert beds had been removed. The last company to operate the mine (Smiths Runners) also manufactured davie blocks for building, and continued to do so on site up to about 1995. Much of the surface plant is still on site.

Here you can see one of the flooded passages with the tunnel roof gradually lowering into the water.

The fall in the foreground is a pile of deads - small blocks of stone left when large, often shaped blocks are removed from the mine. They are piled to form the packwalls of the tunnels and run through the majority of the mine. Because of the age of the mine, in several areas the packwalls have collapsed back into the passageways as the mine settles.

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