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Topic: Access at Craig Y Ddinas silica mine
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 29/09/2015 16:30:39   Subject: Access at Craig Y Ddinas silica mine
You have to walk the ground with maps in hand to make sense of it all!
Topic: Access at Craig Y Ddinas silica mine
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 29/09/2015 16:09:39   Subject: Access at Craig Y Ddinas silica mine
Roy - if you look carefully there is another tramway on the older maps north of the river. This was related to the mine workings not the powder works. There are two rivers - forget the Mellte, its the
Topic: Access at Craig Y Ddinas silica mine
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 29/09/2015 15:08:12   Subject: Access at Craig Y Ddinas silica mine
Here is the tramway running through the tunnel from the higher mine to what has to be a chute or incline down to the lower tramway that crosses the river below Bwa Maen.

http://maps.nls.uk/
Topic: Access at Craig Y Ddinas silica mine
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 29/09/2015 15:05:28   Subject: Access at Craig Y Ddinas silica mine
http://maps.nls.uk/view/101605838

It's annoying that the site is split over two maps. This shows the tramways on the north side of the river.
Topic: Access at Craig Y Ddinas silica mine
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 29/09/2015 15:02:41   Subject: Access at Craig Y Ddinas silica mine
It is a complex site, both in terms of layout, and development phases. There are clearly high level workings and tramways well above the river level. These are easy to find. These are at the same leve
Topic: Access at Craig Y Ddinas silica mine
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 29/09/2015 14:48:40   Subject: Access at Craig Y Ddinas silica mine
1890s OS shows the tramway that runs towards Bwa Maen crosses the river to the side where the small mine on the south side of the river emerges high up on the hill side. You can walk through to this p
Topic: Access at Craig Y Ddinas silica mine
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 28/09/2015 18:38:09   Subject: Access at Craig Y Ddinas silica mine
Check the large scale OS plans for clues, Roy.
Topic: Pillar, Quarry Hill, Glos. (photo)
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 16/09/2015 17:05:26   Subject: Pillar, Quarry Hill, Glos. (photo)
Four photos listed on Quarry Hill in Wiltshire with the caption Quarry Hill, Glos. So I imagine the wrong mine in the database has been selected?

Photograph:

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Topic: Well Pumphouse - information please
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 14/09/2015 18:08:55   Subject: Well Pumphouse - information please
[quote="Morlock"]Anything interesting turned up in the excavated material?[/quote]
Lots of broken roof tiles, an 18 inch section of 3-inch water main, a few bricks, and a brass door latch hook th
Topic: Well Pumphouse - information please
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 14/09/2015 09:34:40   Subject: Well Pumphouse - information please
An update - the pit has been extended and is now approaching 4.5 metres in length, width still unknown but probably of the same order. The solid side of the trench comprises bedrock, and rough and rea
Topic: Well Pumphouse - information please
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 11/09/2015 16:07:28   Subject: Well Pumphouse - information please
There is still quite a bit of floor to uncover - it's under about 12 inches of soil and demolition debris. So still a good chance of finding more. The water was simply a domestic supply.
Topic: Well Pumphouse - information please
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 11/09/2015 15:47:02   Subject: Well Pumphouse - information please
And yes we are enjoying the digging - makes a change from doing it underground. This week we will have put in four sessions - trying to stay ahead of the wet weather :(
Topic: Well Pumphouse - information please
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 11/09/2015 15:37:31   Subject: Well Pumphouse - information please
Yes we firmly believe the water was delivered in two stages - once for the short lift up to a cistern, then the long one up the hill. It is the curious pit that puzzles us - it seems to take up so muc
Topic: Well Pumphouse - information please
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 11/09/2015 15:28:54   Subject: Well Pumphouse - information please
OK thanks - a bit more information. The depth information we have is as follows. The full depth is confidently believed to be 60ft. Contemporary reports say that "in the winter time the water lies ...
Topic: SRT set up conundrum.
Peter Burgess

Forum: SRT Equipment & Training   Posted: 11/09/2015 11:53:49   Subject: SRT set up conundrum.
I would say the best thing is to stick to what you do, unless there really is an over-riding risk. Once you start to change a routine, you add a risk (at least for a while) since you are breaking a fa
Topic: Well Pumphouse - information please
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 11/09/2015 09:39:03   Subject: Well Pumphouse - information please
I am hoping someone might be able to help with a bit of a puzzle we have over what seems to be turning into a major project in Surrey. We have been given permission to look for a well, sunk in 1898 an
Topic: Live Gold ......
Peter Burgess

Forum: Europe   Posted: 29/08/2015 16:42:45   Subject: Live Gold ......
Is it REALLY credible that GPR could pick up the shape of a train through how many metres of ground? If it was so easy would we not be using it to find caves, mines, and the like? GPR seems to produce
Topic: Brecon reigon
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 06/08/2015 09:58:43   Subject: Brecon reigon
Good non-cave underground sites in the area are a bit thin on the ground, unfortunately. The comments above more or less cover it. There will be a few railway tunnels if you are into that sort of thin
Topic: Brecon reigon
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 06/08/2015 09:57:24   Subject: Brecon reigon
[quote="Wormster"][quote="Peter Burgess"]Before anybody gets the wrong idea, The Stump cannot be used by paying guests.[/quote]

I wasn't aware of that Peter, thanks for that.

If
Topic: Brecon reigon
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 05/08/2015 23:57:43   Subject: Brecon reigon
[quote="Wormster"]Bridge cave is a nice little bimble!

There's plenty to choose from on this page though:

http://www.ogof.org.uk/maps.html

Where are you Staying? SWCC
Topic: NLS map viewer extended
Peter Burgess

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 04/08/2015 21:00:34   Subject: NLS map viewer extended
The NLS collection is not entirely complete. It may simply be that they have no copies to scan. There are several examples where particular revisions are marked on the site as not being in the collect
Topic: NLS map viewer extended
Peter Burgess

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 04/08/2015 20:31:28   Subject: NLS map viewer extended
For quarry people, Purbeck and Portland are now covered as well.
Topic: NLS map viewer extended
Peter Burgess

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 04/08/2015 19:40:05   Subject: NLS map viewer extended
Don't get too visibly excited or some bozo will stick it behind a paywall!
Topic: NLS map viewer extended
Peter Burgess

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 04/08/2015 12:35:14   Subject: NLS map viewer extended
The NLS online map viewer for 25 inch England and Wales series has now extended from the South East to cover the area right down to Cornwall. Just looked at DGC - gobsmacking detail!
http://maps.
Topic: Aerial ropeway foundations (photo)
Peter Burgess

Forum: North West England   Posted: 28/07/2015 12:20:39   Subject: Aerial ropeway foundations (photo)
I saw the Brightling to Mountfield ropeway working. I wish I had paid a bit more attention to it. I was more interested in the mineral that had fallen out of the buckets than in the mechanics.
Topic: Video - Temple Mine
Peter Burgess

Forum: Mid Wales   Posted: 13/07/2015 21:43:00   Subject: Video - Temple Mine
Another excellent short video from Andy Freem:

https://youtu.be/a9B9CH5I-jA
Topic: I'm a photographer, not a terrorist!
Peter Burgess

Forum: Underground Photography & Video   Posted: 10/07/2015 18:45:27   Subject: I'm a photographer, not a terrorist!
Is this last post my license to ask why there is an apostrophe in MEP's?
Topic: I'm a photographer, not a terrorist!
Peter Burgess

Forum: Underground Photography & Video   Posted: 10/07/2015 08:33:07   Subject: I'm a photographer, not a terrorist!
I love the way people who hate the EU concoct a scare story, then make a noise about it, appear to gain a concession when nothing was going to happen anyway, then claim a success as a victory for comm
Topic: I'm a photographer, not a terrorist!
Peter Burgess

Forum: Underground Photography & Video   Posted: 02/07/2015 21:20:49   Subject: I'm a photographer, not a terrorist!
[quote="AR"]http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/07/02/wikipedia_jumps_on_bogus_photo_scare_to_tell_us_the_internet_is_breaking_again/[/quote]Did anyone actually read this? Like I said earlier, this scar
Topic: I'm a photographer, not a terrorist!
Peter Burgess

Forum: Underground Photography & Video   Posted: 02/07/2015 09:36:37   Subject: I'm a photographer, not a terrorist!
This story is cobblers. Like Cameron's campaign to ban data encryption, it ain't going to work.
Topic: National Library of Scotland maps
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/06/2015 22:33:17   Subject: National Library of Scotland maps
And the 1:1056 maps of London (1890s) will keep you occupied for a long time if you love old maps. The amount of industrial sites, railways, canals, docks, tramways etc etc is mind-blowing.
Topic: National Library of Scotland maps
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/06/2015 22:27:18   Subject: National Library of Scotland maps
Very happy to see the SE done first. Loads of good finds for South East sites! Remember, SE is a remote backwater for mining stuff. ;D I have been quietly exploring this NLS site for some time now. It
Topic: Wheal Owles - New Poldark Series
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 26/05/2015 08:39:07   Subject: Wheal Owles - New Poldark Series
What matters is how popular the series is, and to some extent how authentic the viewers think it is, not how authentic it is it reality.

I learnt recently that when the authentic digging n
Topic: New Cooks Kitchen shaft - Engine House
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 19/04/2015 19:44:55   Subject: New Cooks Kitchen shaft - Engine House
Thank you Knocker - this is very interesting.
Topic: Clearance of Books
Peter Burgess

Forum: For Sale! (and wanted / for swap)   Posted: 19/04/2015 10:58:22   Subject: Clearance of Books
I thought Cwmorthin was A4? Are the A1 copies large print editions?
Topic: In need of a new pair of boots
Peter Burgess

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 17/04/2015 11:14:42   Subject: In need of a new pair of boots
Fair enough! A year isn't a long time but if you were abusing them, then I suppose it's expected.
Topic: In need of a new pair of boots
Peter Burgess

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 17/04/2015 09:53:31   Subject: In need of a new pair of boots
[quote="Blober"]My old Etche canyoning boots from starless river are really starting to feel the burn these days.

So was wondering if anyone else knew of any similar alternatives?

Topic: Looks like thats it for deep mined coal
Peter Burgess

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 30/03/2015 14:17:04   Subject: Looks like thats it for deep mined coal
Until about 3 years ago, I worked in IT with an ex collier who worked in Murton Pit until the 1980s. He thought I was a raving loonie wanting to spend my spare time underground.
Topic: Wheal Owles - New Poldark Series
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 25/03/2015 09:26:05   Subject: Wheal Owles - New Poldark Series
I didn't notice any bobs or pump rods. But I was only half watching the program.
Topic: Welsh government planning to clean up mines
Peter Burgess

Forum: Mid Wales   Posted: 20/03/2015 14:52:12   Subject: Welsh government planning to clean up mines
[quote="royfellows"][quote="Peter Burgess"]Paper is full of china clay. Send it back where it came from.[/quote]

Trees?
:lol:[/quote]
Cornwall! Fill up those pesky mineshafts.
Topic: Welsh government planning to clean up mines
Peter Burgess

Forum: Mid Wales   Posted: 20/03/2015 14:46:42   Subject: Welsh government planning to clean up mines
Paper is full of china clay. Send it back where it came from.
Topic: Welsh government planning to clean up mines
Peter Burgess

Forum: Mid Wales   Posted: 20/03/2015 14:38:36   Subject: Welsh government planning to clean up mines
I agree with both John and Roy. Unusual for me to agree with that many people at the same time!
Topic: Access at Craig Y Ddinas silica mine
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 17/03/2015 21:42:00   Subject: Access at Craig Y Ddinas silica mine
The timber seems to be parts of old railway waggon frames.
Topic: Access at Craig Y Ddinas silica mine
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 17/03/2015 21:26:29   Subject: Access at Craig Y Ddinas silica mine
[photo]66497[/photo]
Here is the timber structure that is now falling to bits.
Topic: Access at Craig Y Ddinas silica mine
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 17/03/2015 15:54:39   Subject: Access at Craig Y Ddinas silica mine
The only "nasty" I saw last time I was there (January) was a rather precarious area of timbering holding back a high platform of waste, which has partially collapsed and the rest is probably on its wa
Topic: Access at Craig Y Ddinas silica mine
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 17/03/2015 15:38:33   Subject: Access at Craig Y Ddinas silica mine
The popularity of the site and it's ease of access would suggest to me that any notices will disappear as quickly as cakes on dig nights.
Topic: Access at Craig Y Ddinas silica mine
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 17/03/2015 14:56:22   Subject: Access at Craig Y Ddinas silica mine
The fencing across the main entrances near the river is, in effect, just standard stock fencing. You can simply step over it and walk into the mine.
Topic: Lake District Sell Off.
Peter Burgess

Forum: North West England   Posted: 10/03/2015 20:22:23   Subject: Lake District Sell Off.
... or a railway, copper mine, or slate quarry!
Topic: STOLEN MINE GEAR - HELP!
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 09/03/2015 18:28:11   Subject: STOLEN MINE GEAR - HELP!
[quote="Tony Blair"]This is good news. I almost got tied up in some stereotyping bigotry there :D[/quote]

No "almost" about it - caught like a rabbit in the headlights, I'd say. Lessons lea
Topic: Drones
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/03/2015 12:17:53   Subject: Drones
Down a shaft you might find a piece of string with a camera on the end is a cheaper option.
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