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“Holding Back The Sea” (Saturday)

January 13, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

"Holding Back The Sea"

“Holding Back The Sea” A History Of Hodbarrow Mine Sea Defences”

Speaker: Chris Hudson IEng MICE MCIHT (ICE NW historic Eng. Group)

2018 is the institution of Civil Engineers Bi- Centennial anniversary (1818 -2018). To celebrate this members of the institution are reaching out to public groups to celebrate Civil Engineers contributions to society. This talk will present to the audience a history of Hodbarrow Mine’s unique sea defences and the important contributions that Civil Engineers made to the Cumbrian mining industry, of which no fewer than four ICE. Past-President’s played a part.

Hodbarrow Mine, Located on the north shore of the River Duddon estuary near Millom was one of the largest of the West Cumbrian iron mines and was extensively worked from 1873 to 1968 producing around 25 million tuns of hematite ore. To prevent the inflow of sea onto land that was prone to subsidence by the underground mine workings, of the three barriers were breached by tidal estuary waters.

The talk is primarily drawn from a historic record of ICE Proceedings (1906), a technical paper written by Harry Shelford Bidwell, the Resident Engineer for the construction of the third ‘outer’ ‘barrier’, supplement with additional information from other records and publications.

For further information contact Millom Discovery Centre:

telephone: 01229 772555

Email: information@millomdiscoverycentre.co.uk

Price includes a free visit to the museum. Tickets can be purchased from the museum online.

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January 13, 2018
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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Jakki Moore


The Beggar’s Theatre
The Beggar’s Theatre, Market Square
Millom, Cumbria LA18 4HZ United Kingdom
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