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A hoist or winder is used to raise and lower men and or materials within a shaft.

Human, animal and water power were used to power the mine hoists in the very early era of mining as documented in Agricola's De Re Metallica published in 1556. Steam engines were commonly used to power mine hoists through the 18th and 19th century’s and into the 20th. Shafts were rarely vertical, often following a crooked path down through the rock. This could result in ore skips jamming on the shaft sides while being hoisted, leading to the development of the egg shaped kibble. Men could be forced to climb vertical or even back leaning ladders.

 

Photograph reproduced with the kind permission of the Geevor Archive

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