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John Lawson

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Posted: 31/08/2019 19:58:11
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Hi Roy, this is the photo I remember of this adit!
You used to be able to see it from the road, but having passed by many times recently you certainly can no longer see it, I have told the farmer does not want any interest in this level, so presumably has either covered it over or .....?


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Posted: 01/09/2019 10:34:51
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Coalcleugh is still very much there.
The adit is bricked up currently.
I believe the Coal Authority plan to treat the water from it.
The local house (I’d assume containing the farmer you mentioned.) has recently been sold.

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Posted: 01/09/2019 17:13:38
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TheCret!n wrote:

Coalcleugh is still very much there.
The adit is bricked up currently.
I believe the Coal Authority plan to treat the water from it.
The local house (I’d assume containing the farmer you mentioned.) has recently been sold.

Leif.


Don't think that bit of land belongs to the adjacent house (Sunnyside)
It was allegedly possible to walk through from Coalcleugh to Rampgill and the other way to another mine the name of which will come back to me shortly!
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Posted: 01/09/2019 18:52:35
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It was possible.
Rampgill, Coalcleugh and Barneycraig all connect, right at the end of Coalcleugh Horse Level.
I traced and coloured the abandonment plan a few months back.

I was under the impression the land belonged to the owners of the nearby house?
I know the Coal Authority have already placed a pipe under the track/road to the house, to take the stream and mine drainage (rather than it spilling over the road, as it did.).
I’d expect their water treatment plan will be initiated soon?

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Posted: 04/09/2019 15:46:40
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This mine was known for bad air!
When it was worked, frequently, they used to create a fire in a waggon, send it into the level, then pull it back, to help the ventilation.
Eric Bowman who worked there in the early 196o’s told me the Mining company had tried going down surface shafts, but found them all to be blocked!
When I was in there some 50 or so years ago, my wife tried to light a cigarette when we reached Williams Vein(?) and could. Not! She rapidly beat a retreat and I soon followed!
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Posted: 06/09/2019 10:05:01
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Nick Green told me that cigarette story a little while ago. Don’t blame you getting a wriggle on to get out.
Interesting facts about the wagon etc, thanks for sharing!

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Posted: 07/09/2019 20:07:15
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Has it been covered over? It was as in the photo when I went there last year? IP: 94.14.37.22
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Posted: 08/09/2019 06:58:09
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Its still as it ever was - pic taken May 2019



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Posted: 08/09/2019 19:36:39
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I went in the level some time back. No bad air. Interesting fluorspar stopes above the level with very dark blue fluorite. IP: 87.115.69.103
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Posted: 09/09/2019 18:13:23
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Interesting, Pete.

Do you know whenabouts the portal was walled-up?

Would have been nice to stroll along the level and abseil down Coalcleugh Shaft into Rampgill

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Posted: 09/09/2019 21:02:36
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1964. IP: 87.115.69.103
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Posted: 09/09/2019 21:19:53
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The wall must have come and gone a bit though.
We went in there in 1974. It was half-walled at that time.
My safety lamp went out near the end fall.
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Posted: 10/09/2019 11:18:52
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Mark -

If Coalcleugh were open, I strongly suspect it’d be more than just Rampgill accessible...

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Posted: 10/09/2019 12:07:35
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PeteJ wrote:

1964.


just a shade before my time, I'm afraid! Must have been during or shortly after it was last re-worked?

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Posted: 12/09/2019 09:15:52
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Reworked for fluorspar in the 1950s by George Ridley of Haltwhistle. he had a steel loading hopper at the entrance. The level was cleared out and railed. Retimbered in many places. Worked stopes on the two main veins up to 80 feet above the level. Both underground shaft tops were accessible and both shafts were open. Closed by 1963 and abandoned sometime after 1964.This was before Norpex dug through in Rampgill and Swinhope was also blocked from the east. If it were reopened now, the air would flow into the east end of Rampgill. Coincidentally, I had an informal discussion with an engineer on Wednesday and suggested that the level should be at least grilled to allow air movement through the network. IP: 87.115.69.103 Edited: 12/09/2019 09:17:29 by PeteJ
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Posted: 12/09/2019 10:53:39
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Needs to be reopened, in my opinion.

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Posted: 12/09/2019 13:54:41
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Thanks for the most interesting memoir Pete.

some air flow could be re-established (I daresay) by drilling a few holes through the stonework of the portal.

Next time we're in the vicinity of Coalcleugh Shaft in Rampgill we should do a smoke test to see which direction (if any) the air flows.


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