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Local history quiz
The miners of Wotherton pit.  Note the candles, stuck to their helmets using lumps of clay.
Barites miners from Wotherton Pit, Chirbury

The local history competition closed at midday on 5th June 2002.

All our winners were notified by email but you can also check out our competition winners page just in case your name's there!

All the answers to this compertition can be found in our Shropshire mining feature.

Barite - or barytes as it used to be known - is a heavy white mineral which was once used in the manufacture of paint.

Mining has always been a dangerous occupation, and the risks were high for the men who worked in the pits. Dangers included pit collapses, falling down shafts, and gas buildup leading to either suffocation or an explosion.

Mines were originally dug using picks or chisels, but things changed to drills and explosives after the Industrial Revolution.

Today Shropshire is a mostly rural county, with its hills and rolling green countryside.

But it hasn't always been this way. Not so long ago the county was awash with dozens of mines.

Along with the mines were huge engine houses, chimneys, a whole range of buildings, spoil tips, railways and overhead ropeways, most of which have long since been cleared or have disappeared as nature took the sites over.

Today there are no working mines left in Shropshire, and most of the mine sites were abandoned long ago.

While our competition is over, you can still do our mining quiz. All you have to do is answer ten simple questions, all the answers can be found in our Shropshire mining feature.

If you answer all 10 questions correctly, you'll be given a code word. This means you've completed the quiz correctly and you really know your stuff!

Good luck! And remember, if you're stuck on any of the questions, take a look around the website, where most of the answers can be found.

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