Cranberry Moss, Bull Hill, Darwen, – Old mines,Quarries and Old Brickwork site ?.

Stone quarry
Note from Dad this was in line with the mines found later but no sign of any coal mine waste

on top of the quarry

looking towards the mines

hot chocolate on top of a mine waste tip

can you see Darwen tower ? and me of course !
to collect water ?

on top of a yet another  mine



mine entrances

stone sleeper ?

to another  mine  -in line with the quarry

long stone – part of the mine ?

I love hot chocolate -see the bricks?  – another old mine

another mine shaft


Bull Hill Brickworks ?

brick kiln
see the picture of the Bull Hill Brick from this Kiln ?
two deer can you see them ?
last of the mines we saw – we came across around 32 old mines -too many to inspect each one
reasons for this area being full of mines ?
“The Entwistles used to sink little pits on Cranberry Moss, They were what was called Darwen yard mines .just a  few yards deep, coals were bought up by windlass, and sent to Turton, there was  fighting amongst the men. Some of them were too lazy to go down for coal, but when it was brought up they would fight for its ownership”
referance to Darwen yard mines
Our route
weather Cold  below 4c, High chill factor, Jake is now in winter grade clothing , we have changed Jakes socks to include a  waterproof /Breathable layer plus thermal layer, He has brand new Walsh PB’s for increased traction.



Useful links
Information about the River Darwen which starts on Cranberry Moss

Bull hill maternity hospital
reference to mining at Cranberry moss
fireclay accidents – mines on cranberry moss
reference to mine in this area



3 Responses to “Cranberry Moss, Bull Hill, Darwen, – Old mines,Quarries and Old Brickwork site ?.”

  1. Geoff Crossley Says:

    Thanks for your photos – I’m reasonably sure you were in the remains of my Gt Grandfathers Quarry ‘The BullCracker’
    where he and his sons mined stone slates (many of which can still be seen on the older buildings in Darwen).

    He is burred at the top end of the cemetery near stream a short stubby headstone to ‘William Ewart Crossley’.

    • thanks for your comments, we are due to go back to the area later to look at some of the mines and quarries again , great to know what it was called, we will post some more photos next time, Jake can now run further so we can spend a lot more time

  2. David Kitching Says:

    The site that you thought might be the Bull Hill brick works is actually the remains of four beehive coke ovens. The stonework has been robbed, leaving just the kiln linings standing. The brickworks was further up the farm road to the east of this.

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