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headframe

[hed-freym] /ˈhɛdˌfreɪm/
noun
1.
a structure supporting the hoisting sheaves at the top of a mine shaft.
Also called gallows frame.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; head + frame
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  • Guests walk beneath a thick and sturdy wooden mining headframe and tuck into a mock copper mine.
  • At present the hoist engine is in place, and the engine house, headframe and collar have all been reconstructed.

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