The Breach, Oughtibridge, Sheffield

Once more unto the breach, dear friends…

Flicking through a friend’s pics on Facebook of her family day out in the countryside, I spies an interesting looking hole. A few messages later and I’ve got a grid reference, map checked and its in WB’s neck of the woods, so he’s despatched to have a recce.

Report comes back that it looked do-able so we wellied up and prepared to get wet and dirty.

Visited with WB, apologies received from AEM who was stuck at work – hope the missus enjoys that overtime!

Believe this is the first time this has been reported, so naming rights claimed – “The Breach”, in honour of Ms Shakespeare and for reasons that will become apparent (in fact more apparent in WB’s report HERE.

Apologies for the poor pics, managed to leave my torch in the car after previous night shenanigans, so had to make do with 4 quid headtorch, 800ISO and 30 second exposure.

Nice contrast in here with the yellow/orange ochre colours (hinting there might be some mine workings not too far away) and old stone walls.

The water has worn a thick channel through the stone floor and in many places has worn right through creating a few leg sized holes just waiting for a careless footstep.

Copyright Ojay

At this point the floor had worn completely away and created a deep hole aka The Breach, scientific depth analysis tests conducted using a big stick and WB’s leg concluded that it was WTFDM (Way Too Fucking Deep Man) so this was the end of the journey, need to return for another look from the other end.

The Breach (Focus fail )

The outfall (can you spot WB?)





5 thoughts on “The Breach, Oughtibridge, Sheffield

      • Many thanks from Texas. Rod  

        From: underbelly To: Sent: Thursday, January 21, 2016 11:26 AM Subject: [New comment] The Breach, Oughtibridge, Sheffield #yiv9186270831 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv9186270831 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv9186270831 a.yiv9186270831primaryactionlink:link, #yiv9186270831 a.yiv9186270831primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv9186270831 a.yiv9186270831primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv9186270831 a.yiv9186270831primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv9186270831 drmuttley commented: “Hi RodThanks for the comment.The tunnel runs parallel to Oughtibridge Lane to the north of the site marked “Steel Works” on this mapSteve” | |

    • I have had a little time to study the map, for which many thanks, I used to walk down cockshutts lane, cross the bridge, and go up Oughtibridge lane to he station n out way to Penistone. We played football all the way. There are two “steel works” marked on the map. The one on the left with the river race cut from the Don was to Blackwell’s forge. The other, to which you refer, is odd as I don’t recall there being a steel there. West of the station was part of the Oughtibridge Silica Firebrick works. The other part of this was on the south side of OB Lane, and had a railway line into it from the station. You can also se a little railway connecting the 2 facilities with a bridge under OB Lane. We used to play in the “ginny trucks” that were pulled by wire rope. Those going from the north facility to the south were full of slurry, while those returning were empty.
      Thus I think that the tunnel might to been built from the reservoir to the northern part of the firebrick company to carry water to make the slurry which was then ginny trucked to the south plant where the brick kilns were.
      All gone now. The area of the southern plant was flattened and is now a housing estate, and I often wonder if people living there know their houses are built on silica firebrick furnace rubble. A second trip back there miht reveal more, and I would be interest to hear, because I am writing down all my childhood stories about that area.


  1. Fascinating pictures! I have seen pictures of stone lined entrances to gannister mines in the Wharncliffe area but not as dramatic as the above pictures and not with a water drainage channel in the centre, although some of the gannister mines were very wet and, as they were adit mines, such channels could have be used to drain them. Wadsley Common mines drained like this but, as they were much smaller than the Wharncliffe area mines, the system there were much cruder. ie No stone walls and no stone drains. However, I would be amazed if your pictures were not of gannister mines.

    Ray Battye (Author of The Forgotten Mines of Sheffield)

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