In a message dated 28/07/2006 08:38:48 GMT Daylight Time,
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If it is an adit why bother running for such a long distance as
cut and cover when the topography suggests it could run in an open trench
for much of that distance, again a cheaper option.
This crop mark is within sight of the impressive 1588 Wollaton Hall and it
is possible that the cut & cover was built to improve the view. It is also
perhaps possible that the probably quite noxious mine water wasn't too good for
the deer and other livestock.
Other members of the Waggonway Research Circle -
_http://www.waggonways.fsnet.co.uk/_ (http://www.waggonways.fsnet.co.uk/) - have tried applying
themselves to Tudor/Elizabethan seam and bell pit depths and the topography might
have dictated a fairly long sough even at that date if underground pumping was
to be avoided.
There was a major Wollaton sough excavated circa 1554 that was approx. a
mile long underground [with a mile long surface drain outside of the park] - and
it is possible that this was extended another 2 miles to Strelley in 1603.
If the crop mark in question was a sough it predates 1554 because it is at a