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The Kibbles, Buddles and Jigs Gallery

The images from the Gallery presented here give a flavour of the Minera Lead Mines.

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Scraper - This tool was used to scrape out the lead ore and the waste from the buddle boxes. Found at the Taylor's Shaft dressing floors, Minera. Lent by Mr Selwyn Edwards. (136.48) Candle Holder - It was always a challenge lighting workplaces in the 19th century. This candle holder was just one of the ways of providing light. Underground the air could get so bad that even candles struggled to stay alight. Lent by Mr Selwyn Edwards.(136.41) Carbide Lamp - This lamp came from the lead mines at Halkyn. Halkyn lead mines in Flintshire remained open until long after the mines in Minera had closed. This lamp was used in the 1930s. Electric lamps came in during the Second World War. (375.3) Kibble - Kibbles like this were used to carry materials up and down the mine shafts. This kibble was probably used for small loads or for use in a tiny shaft. Ore would be transported using a more substantial container. You can see a larger kibble in one of the pictures of the Meadow Shaft Engine House. Lent by Mr Selwyn Edwards. (136.4) Lead Ore - A lump of galena mined at Minera Lead Mines. Galena is a compound of lead and is not poisonous. Lead Miner's Clogs - Pair of lead miner's clogs found on the bank by Taylor's shaft, Minera. (136.43) Lead Miner's Felt Hat - Lead miner's hat from a lead mine near Betws-y-Coed, Gwynedd. They wore similar hats in the mines at Minera. Lent by Mr Christopher Williams. (188.18) Modern Kibble - Reproduction of small kibble, design based on those used in the lead mines at Minera. (136.46) Lead Miner's Shovel - Found in the West End Mines, Minera. Lent by Mr Selwyn Edwards. (136.19) Scraper - This tool was used to scrape out the lead ore and the waste from the buddle boxes. Found at the Taylor's Shaft dressing floors, Minera. The handle rotted away while it was buried in the ground. Lent by Mr Selwyn Edwards. (136.48) Short Bladed Pick (part) - A miner would use this kind of pick in narrow workings where there was little space for manoeuvre. Lent by Mr Selwyn Ewards. (136.22) Gunpowder Keg - Large amounts of gunpowder were used in lead mines. This keg came from Maes-y-ffynnon Wen mine. Lent by Mr Selwyn Edwards. (144.3)