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Continuing with Heritage: Copper Mine Chimney

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Whilst we have featured several articles on the Bickerton Copper Mine, we have rarely made specific reference to the sandstone chimney which is a distinctive landmark near the A534 on Gallantry Bank.

The sandstone chimney is a Grade II listed building and lies in Bickerton, Cheshire East.

The entry is listed as:

The mine engine house chimney, early C19.
Red hammer dressed sandstone.
Neatly coursed masonry, square on plan.
Built in two stages, the lower one vertical, terminating in a projecting weathered string
course, and the upper section, tapering and finishing with a slightly projecting narrow band and heavy terminal cresting.

The chimney is all that remains of the building which once housed the pumping engine to drain the copper mine which was owned by the Egerton family of Oulton.

The mine is said to have already been working in 1697 – Report by Edmund Spargo 'The Cheshire Copper Mines, Bickerton Hill, Cheshire'.

Edmund Spargo was a renowned quarry engineer from Cornwall.

CLICK HERE for a more detailed understanding of quarrying for copper on the Sandstone Ridge.

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