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It is likely that the date back to the 16th century. By 1758, the Macclesfield Copper Company were mining the rich lode known as the Bonsor Vein at Coniston. Some of the shafts are extremey deep with depths over 300 feet recorded by explorers. It was left to a John Tayor who in 1825 drove Deep Level which can still be seen. Incredibly the workings eventually went to a depth of 540 feet in the 19th century. The mines eventually closing down by about 1900.
Abridged from http://www.cumbria-industries.org.uk/copper.htm

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HRS 1255 Coniston Copper Mines, Paddy End Mining Area

HRS 1255 Coniston Copper Mines, Paddy End Mining Area

HRS 1326 Coniston, Copper Mines Valley, Miners' Bridge 2011

HRS 1326 Coniston, Copper Mines Valley, Miners' Bridge 2011

HRS 1328 Fault scarp Copper Mines Valley

HRS 1328 Fault scarp Copper Mines Valley

HRS 1329 Coniston, Copper Mines Valley, View

HRS 1329 Coniston, Copper Mines Valley, View

HRS 1330 Coniston, Copper Mines Valley, Irish Row 2011

HRS 1330 Coniston, Copper Mines Valley, Irish Row 2011

HRS 1331 Coniston, Red Dell, Valley step

HRS 1331 Coniston, Red Dell, Valley step

HRS 1332 Coniston, Copper Mines Valley, Red Dell workings

HRS 1332  Coniston, Copper Mines Valley, Red Dell workings

HRS 1333 Coniston Copper Mines Valley, Bonsor vein shaft

HRS 1333 Coniston Copper Mines Valley, Bonsor vein shaft

HRS 1334 Coniston Copper Mines, Kernal Crag 2011

HRS 1334 Coniston Copper Mines, Kernal Crag 2011

HRS 1335 Coniston Copper Mines, Kernal Crag waterwheel

HRS 1335 Coniston Copper Mines, Kernal Crag waterwheel

HRS 1336 Coniston Copper Mines, Kernal Crag, iron

HRS 1336 Coniston Copper Mines, Kernal Crag, iron

HRS 1340 Coniston Copper Mines, Kernal Crag adit 2011

HRS 1340 Coniston Copper Mines, Kernal Crag adit 2011

HRS 1342 Coniston Copper Mines, Old engine shaft 2011

HRS 1342 Coniston Copper Mines, Old engine shaft 2011

HRS 1343 Coniston, Flemings mine valley 2011

HRS 1343 Coniston, Flemings mine valley 2011

HRS 1344 Coniston Copper Mines Valley, rail

HRS 1344 Coniston Copper Mines Valley, rail

HRS 1345 Coniston Copper Mines, Bonsor Works,Water supply

HRS 1345 Coniston Copper Mines, Bonsor Works,Water supply

HRS 1346 Coniston Copper Mines, Water supply

HRS 1346 Coniston Copper Mines, Water supply

HRS 1347 Coniston Copper Mines, Bonsor Deep adit 2011

HRS 1347 Coniston Copper Mines, Bonsor Deep adit 2011

HRS 1348 Coniston Copper Mines, Bonsor Deep adit 2011

HRS 1348 Coniston Copper Mines, Bonsor Deep adit 2011

HRS 1349 Coniston Copper Mines, Bonsor Works, slag 2010

HRS 1349 Coniston Copper Mines, Bonsor Works, slag 2010