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Browns Folly Mine


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Browns Folly Mine is an average sized Bath Stone quarry which was originally part of Monkton Farleigh Mine however when the War Department converted part of the quarry in to an ammunitions store they separated part of the quarry which is the area now known as Browns Folly.

Posted by Higgypop Admin last updated Mon 18 Aug 2008 at 18:46

Monkton Farleigh, Wiltshire, United Kingdom

Grid reference: ST796660

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There is full access to this quarry, however it would be advised to visit with an experience guide or at the very least to ensure that you have a map of the quarry.

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Browns Folly Mine history

Browns Folly Mine is an SSSI (Special Site of Scientific Interest) because of its national importance for hibernating and roosting bats.

Brown's Folly is a tower situated near Bathford overlooking Bath. Beneath the folly in the nature reserve are the entrances to part of Brown's Folly Quarry. This stone mine is fairly big but not too complicated.

The southern section consists of several long main routes, the waste stone is stacked up along the sides of the passages. There are few roof falls in this mine, probably due to good strong pillars at regular intervals.

The main adit into the quarry was blasted by the military probably to prevent access to the Monkton Farleigh Ammunition Depot connected to Brown's Folly.

In the Southern section there exists some stables amongst other interesting features. Further into the hillside there is an area known as Clapham Junction, so called because of the rails laid in the floor. This was the junction of several routes into the different headings of the mine. The existence of rails means that this was a relatively recent and large mine.

 

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Related venues

  • Monkton Farleigh Mine

    This former Bath stone quarry was converted in to a sub-depot of the Central Ammunitions Depot. The site consists of two areas, the main storage area - districts 12 to 18 and connect via a drift, districts 19 and 20. Each storage district was divided up in to numbered storage bays, passage ways were fitted with conveyor to transport crates of ammunition around the mine.
  • Ammo Case Valley

    A Second World War ammo dump, the valley was originally the entrance to Browns Folly Mine which was collapsed by the War Department.
  • Graham's Grovel

    An old stone quarry haulage way running from the converted ammunition depot of area of Monkton Farleigh through to the old abandoned stone workings of Browns Folly Mine.
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Browns Quarry
Corsham, Wiltshire, United Kingdom

 

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pigsmalone   just joined the site after much researching and wondering around the woods. Today
Finally found an entrance. got to Clapham junction- brilliant!, but time not on my side. Think i went through (Muddy Hole) had three small exits. Any help with finding my bearings would be great and if anyone could let me know where it is on the Mine Map would be much appreciated as i am going to go back soon and... [Read more]
April 2013
3999   Thanks to everyone who replied to my last post!Paid another visit to Brown's & this time managed to work out which entrance I'd found & where I was,just off the Main Pasage.There are some new clearer arrows in blue which seem to point in the right direction which is nice but the hand rail which was already down appears have been knocked about a bit more which isn't.
April 2011
3999   Thanks to everyone who replied to my last post!Paid another visit to Brown's & this time managed to work out which entrance I'd found & where I was,just off the Main Pasage.There are some new clearer arrows in blue which seem to point in the right direction which is nice but the hand rail which was already down appears have been knocked about a bit more which isn't.
April 2011
3999   Visited Monkton Farleigh at the weekend & found a few entrances.In one we found some steps & nearby a handrail but couldn't seem to square these up with the features marked on our map.Anyone with a little more experience willing to take a trip up there with me?
March 2011
ColinB   I am the chairman of the Valley History Society at Rhydymwyn which you can check out at this address whttp://www.rvsweb.org.uk/ourhistory.html
The tunnels here were run by Corsham and all of the drawings were removed. I have a list of them dated 1975 at a Corsham address, can anyone help me in locating these? Rhydymwyn is also listed in the Cabinet Office docs in this context
January 2009
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