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Topic: Reigate Sand Mines - SIHG award 2013
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 29/03/2013 19:04:35   Subject: Reigate Sand Mines - SIHG award 2013
The Surrey Industrial History Group will be presenting their annual conservation award for 2013 to the Wealden Cave and Mine Society to recognise the work done in Reigate getting the sand mines and tu
Topic: Possible entrance / depression
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 17/03/2013 18:31:12   Subject: Possible entrance / depression
Today a small group of us went to dig here to see what might have caused this collapse feature. There was a very obvious undercut on one side so we attacked that first, only to dig down to reveal a so
Topic: Marrick Low & Upper Smelt Mill Access
Peter Burgess

Forum: North East England   Posted: 04/03/2013 21:13:26   Subject: Marrick Low & Upper Smelt Mill Access
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assault#England_and_Wales
Topic: Mining in Hampshire??
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 01/03/2013 22:00:21   Subject: Mining in Hampshire??
[quote="Dr J"] Didn't know about Selborne..be interested to know more about that Peter...J[/quote]

Can you see this? I am never quite sure if it's "WCMS members only" or not....

Topic: Mining in Hampshire??
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 28/02/2013 23:17:09   Subject: Mining in Hampshire??
Suffolk has chalk mines too.
Topic: Mining in Hampshire??
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 28/02/2013 19:08:24   Subject: Mining in Hampshire??
Selborne - building stone.

Stop thinking metals, start thinking stone, sand, flint - I'm not saying all of these were necessarily mined (extracted from an underground environment) but these
Topic: Research Assessment?s -Your Comments Please
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 17/02/2013 21:31:52   Subject: Research Assessment?s -Your Comments Please
Phil Newman wrote:

"If you wish to draw our attention to any material that has been overlooked, please provide as much detail as possible and if unpublished, include a note on where and if
Topic: Research Assessment?s -Your Comments Please
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 17/02/2013 19:08:37   Subject: Research Assessment?s -Your Comments Please
For those who "don't get it", Pete has already stated

"One of the objectives of having a research framework is to identify the gaps in our collective knowledge."

This happens wh
Topic: Time Team Coniston Copper Mines
Peter Burgess

Forum: North West England   Posted: 05/02/2013 10:45:03   Subject: Time Team Coniston Copper Mines
In my two quoted cases there were no hangers on except those from WCMS who wanted to admire their heros. ;D The TV crews in both cases were the minimum required. Considering the popularity of Portill
Topic: Time Team Coniston Copper Mines
Peter Burgess

Forum: North West England   Posted: 05/02/2013 10:25:30   Subject: Time Team Coniston Copper Mines
While not TV archaeology, my own experience of Great British Railway Journeys, and The Museum of Life, was that both were hard work, intensive busy sessions, and certainly not a stroll in the park. Ev
Topic: Cae Coch Sulphur Mine (photo)
Peter Burgess

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 28/01/2013 21:34:54   Subject: Cae Coch Sulphur Mine (photo)
[quote="staffordshirechina"]Is the next mine down the hill an ENDS MINE?[/quote]

No, silly, it's a SODS mine!
Topic: That Vauxhall Frontera
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 21/01/2013 11:55:52   Subject: That Vauxhall Frontera
I have to ask, was it the intention of the driver to drive the car back down again? If not, then dumping a car is not a particularly clever thing to do, especially up there!
Topic: Trips in 2013
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 17/01/2013 10:29:29   Subject: Trips in 2013
[quote="simonrl"][quote="J"]If people fancy coming down this way then there's always Box- with all the cranes, wagons, tools and the the likes of Cathedral it's certainly got plenty for photos... And
Topic: Trips in 2013
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 17/01/2013 09:45:49   Subject: Trips in 2013
Anyone venturing south of London, either in a group or individually, is more than welcome to contact me for a look around the Surrey underground. :)
Topic: Orgreave
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 17/01/2013 08:05:04   Subject: Orgreave
Someone might have phoned or emailed?
Topic: Cwmcorrin Silica Mine and others
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 10/01/2013 09:45:45   Subject: Cwmcorrin Silica Mine and others
[quote="Graigfawr"][

Check them against the transcription of the report that I posted upthread. [/quote]Yes, that's the same document I downloaded and referred to above.
Topic: Mines around Bude/Stratton
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 09/01/2013 09:22:20   Subject: Mines around Bude/Stratton
My first ever mining history purchase was Hamilton-Jenkins Mines and Miners of Cornwall Pt. XVI. Wadebridge, Camelford and Bude. On a family holiday to Bude in 1974 it allowed me to go out and visit a
Topic: Cwmcorrin Silica Mine and others
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 08/01/2013 23:13:12   Subject: Cwmcorrin Silica Mine and others
If you are local, it would be good to meet you there next time I am in the area, and do a brain-storming field visit. Unfortunately, I have only just got back and so far have not scheduled my next tri
Topic: Cwmcorrin Silica Mine and others
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 08/01/2013 22:51:53   Subject: Cwmcorrin Silica Mine and others
The old report also says:

At both quarries the section is similar. The dip is S. 15° E. at 13°, but increases to 22° near a fault, which throws the beds against Carboniferous Limestone. The
Topic: Cwmcorrin Silica Mine and others
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 08/01/2013 22:41:05   Subject: Cwmcorrin Silica Mine and others
I wonder how accurate the Lat/Long analysis is though. That's either Streetmap or the old published figs, or both.
Topic: Cwmcorrin Silica Mine and others
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 08/01/2013 21:51:28   Subject: Cwmcorrin Silica Mine and others
Location of Kilhepste is given in:

http://booksnow1.scholarsportal.info/ebooks/oca9/16/specialreportson06geol/specialreportson06geol.pdf

Quarries : Bwamaen Quarry and Kilhepste Q
Topic: Cwmcorrin Silica Mine and others
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 08/01/2013 20:59:20   Subject: Cwmcorrin Silica Mine and others
There was a retired gentleman who lived in Glynneath in the 1980s - Richie Evans - and I met him several times, did a field walk round the powder works with him, and he gave us two to three hour slide
Topic: Cwmcorrin Silica Mine and others
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 08/01/2013 20:17:41   Subject: Cwmcorrin Silica Mine and others
I have been looking at the solid geology of the area. Search for Pontneddfechan on

http://mapapps.bgs.ac.uk/geologyofbritain/home.html

and explore the area. It all looks a bit t
Topic: Cwmcorrin Silica Mine and others
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 08/01/2013 20:13:26   Subject: Cwmcorrin Silica Mine and others
That location looks like a mine. But ....... would they really have run trams loaded with silica through the middle of a working gunpowder factory? Is it possible that spot is simply the very furthest
Topic: Cwmcorrin Silica Mine and others
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 08/01/2013 16:41:11   Subject: Cwmcorrin Silica Mine and others
Yes I think it must be the same bed, but the water in the lower passage is simply ponded up against a blocked entrance I think rather than reflecting the river water level.
Topic: Cwmcorrin Silica Mine and others
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 08/01/2013 14:36:15   Subject: Cwmcorrin Silica Mine and others
My survey of the Bwamaen workings, 1991.

http://www.aditnow.co.uk/photo/Bwamaen-Silica-Mine-User-Album-Image-82656/
Topic: Cwmcorrin Silica Mine and others
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 05/01/2013 08:44:23   Subject: Cwmcorrin Silica Mine and others
Yes thanks - I know of this and actually spent a day quite a few years ago adding some features to it. I don't know if the copy you refer to is the original or the later one we modified. I have known
Topic: Cwmcorrin Silica Mine and others
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 04/01/2013 21:44:50   Subject: Cwmcorrin Silica Mine and others
Bwa Maen was a mine inasmuch as it is officially recorded under that name by the Mines Inspectorate. I am simply keen to get the locations and names correct in the database.
Topic: Cwmcorrin Silica Mine and others
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 03/01/2013 21:10:36   Subject: Cwmcorrin Silica Mine and others
I have added this mine http://www.aditnow.co.uk/mines/Cwmcorrin-Silica-Mine/ , as well as Lluest and Tongylfach silica mine http://www.aditnow.co.uk/mines/Lluest-and-Tongylfach-Silica-Mine/ to the da
Topic: Proposed Nuclear Dump in the lake district
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 25/12/2012 20:46:17   Subject: Proposed Nuclear Dump in the lake district
This technology isn't getting much attention. Yet.

http://www.theengineer.co.uk/in-depth/the-big-story/compressed-air-energy-storage-has-bags-of-potential/1008374.article
Topic: Parklane Limestone Mine
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 23/12/2012 17:44:20   Subject: Parklane Limestone Mine
There are some interesting surface photographs of this site being prepared for extraction here:

http://news.hamanddoultingstone.co.uk/

Also a couple of underground photos.
Topic: Still here?
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 21/12/2012 13:38:33   Subject: Still here?
[quote]I wonder if that bloke who wanted to buy a mine for him and David Icke to shelter in is going to come and apologise for being a dick ?[/quote]

Do you mean this fella? There's a few m
Topic: Iron Ore
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/12/2012 09:08:02   Subject: Iron Ore
WIRG did some experimental iron extraction a while back.

http://www.wealdeniron.org.uk/Expt/index.htm

The ore used is described here:

http://www.wealdeniron.org.uk/Exp
Topic: Glynrhonwy - the saga continues
Peter Burgess

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 10/12/2012 13:11:44   Subject: Glynrhonwy - the saga continues
I have always understood that pumped storage schemes reduce the need to have fossil fuel power stations ticking over on the off chance that there was a sudden surge in demand. If a PS scheme allows on
Topic: Bomb Sight
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 09/12/2012 10:47:17   Subject: Bomb Sight
With regard to bombing mines, if you wanted to disrupt coal supply, then it might make sense to target mines, but at that time there were an awful lot of them, and perhaps it was thought easier to tar
Topic: Bomb Sight
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 09/12/2012 10:35:02   Subject: Bomb Sight
[quote="gmac101"]
In addition those of you searching for old mines in NE surrey might like to check that that "collapse" feature is not an old bomb crater (the data extends to just beyond the M25
Topic: Inscribed Stone - Translation please
Peter Burgess

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 04/12/2012 19:47:57   Subject: Inscribed Stone - Translation please
That's intriguing. I was tempted to suggest it was the boundary stone of property owned by Neil Desper, and the engraver, noticing he had left the E out, added it to the bottom. ;)

Could t
Topic: Crofty Headgear "makeover"
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 29/11/2012 13:00:14   Subject: Crofty Headgear
[quote="stuey"]There may have been no war, but [b]the amount of misery going on NOW in the PIIGS is probably much in excess of that. [/b][/quote]

Reality check time. I'd rather be poor than
Topic: Crofty Headgear "makeover"
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 28/11/2012 11:16:08   Subject: Crofty Headgear
[quote]Stephen Rushworth, Cornwall Council's portfolio holder for economy and regeneration, said: "It marks the start of the regeneration aspirations for South Crofty and will contribute to the wider
Topic: Possible entrance / depression
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 21/11/2012 18:08:34   Subject: Possible entrance / depression
1879 OS shows "Sand Pits" at this location, 1896 OS shows "Old Sand Pits", and subsequent plans show nothing.
Topic: Possible entrance / depression
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 21/11/2012 13:40:26   Subject: Possible entrance / depression
From Elmbridge Borough Council's leaflet "History of the Esher Commons"

"During the Second World War, trees were again felled for the war effort and the Commons were used for army training
Topic: Possible entrance / depression
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 21/11/2012 13:33:37   Subject: Possible entrance / depression
There was a brief respite from the rain today and I went over to look for this a second time, and found it. It looks like a classic shallow sand mine crownhole, and I think it would be a simple matter
Topic: Big Trouble Brewing at Sir Francis ?
Peter Burgess

Forum: North East England   Posted: 20/11/2012 14:19:10   Subject: Big Trouble Brewing at Sir Francis ?
The whole of Reigate Castle was scheduled many years ago. As there are underground features directly beneath the scheduled area, we asked English Heritage to advise on this, and the answer we received
Topic: Possible entrance / depression
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 19/11/2012 15:07:26   Subject: Possible entrance / depression
I went over there this lunchtime and had a look around but couldn't find this. What is the diameter? is it in a bank? What else is in the immediate area? I checked every holly plant I walked past - I
Topic: Cambrian Mines Trust
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 19/11/2012 10:59:55   Subject: Cambrian Mines Trust
Exactly! If nobody stood up to help preserve or improve access for fear of empire building, there would be far far fewer places to enter.
Topic: Liability Insurance - Zurich
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/11/2012 18:16:57   Subject: Liability Insurance - Zurich
Wealden Cave and Mine Society use them in respect to public access to Reigate Caves.
Topic: Possible entrance / depression
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/11/2012 20:30:13   Subject: Possible entrance / depression
This site is about 10 minutes drive from work so I can pop over to see what I think some time soon.
Topic: Possible entrance / depression
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/11/2012 19:37:14   Subject: Possible entrance / depression
One other possibility to consider: military origins. Sandy spots in various parts of Surrey have been used for military training in the past, and that would sometimes involve sapper training, digging
Topic: Possible entrance / depression
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 10/11/2012 23:59:47   Subject: Possible entrance / depression
All the borehole logs I looked at on the BGS site were in connection with the construction of the Esher Bypass. Not that I wish to dampen your enthusiasm, but if the ground is heavily marked by subsid
Topic: Possible entrance / depression
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 10/11/2012 23:53:12   Subject: Possible entrance / depression
Do let us know how you get on. If you would like some people to help let me know.
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