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Topic: Smallcleugh - Vartys Crosscut
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 01/04/2013 19:35:02   Subject: Smallcleugh - Vartys Crosscut
Hi Chris,
Had a look at the original plan I made, now this is my interpretation of what we see in the mine. The area you are looking at is behind the plastered area, on the LHS going inbye.if you
Topic: Explosive Results of Copper Precipitation
John Lawson

Forum: Mining Methods & Techniques   Posted: 22/03/2013 19:47:01   Subject: Explosive Results of Copper Precipitation
Having been underground here and seen the sedimentation chambers , I would imagine that the water containing the Cu2+ ion will be highly acidic, and these guys over did the addition of scrap iron - he
Topic: Post Blast Proceedure
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 21/03/2013 19:40:11   Subject: Post Blast Proceedure
A very interesting video!
One wonders if this is typical in USA mines.
Where was the Company issued overalls? Or company safety spectacles or even self rescue devices?
Who would want to
Topic: Flats below Horse Level near Horse Whim (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 18/03/2013 19:27:59   Subject: Flats below Horse Level near Horse Whim (photo)
Hi Chris, the photo you have just posted stirs some thoughts in my memory.Myself and a friend were the first explorers to enter the whim chamber since it was abandoned presumably some time after the f
Topic: Stanhopeburn Valley - Weardale
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 16/03/2013 21:53:39   Subject: Stanhopeburn Valley - Weardale
Hi Sparty Lea,
What you have posted fits in with what I remember. I do not think that SAMUK had any intention of working Red Vein from here, with the caravan site being next to it. I think they h
Topic: Harnisher Burn Mine
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 15/03/2013 21:17:01   Subject: Harnisher Burn Mine
Good for you Roy,
I have been in touch with both Dave and Noel over the last few years and certainly the former feels a little agreeved over what happened at Florence.
In my opinion with som
Topic: Harnisher Burn Mine
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 14/03/2013 19:13:24   Subject: Harnisher Burn Mine
I think that this name change took place, curtesy of West Cumbria Mines Research society.
When I first arrived at the site sometime in the mid 60's. it was being worked sporadically and was simpl
Topic: Stanhopeburn Valley - Weardale
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 14/03/2013 19:04:23   Subject: Stanhopeburn Valley - Weardale
A post script from this topic.
I first met Malcolm Brown over 40 years ago, even then he was a mining man through and through!
He first started as a mucked in Stanhopburn Mine, and then seem
Topic: Stanhopeburn Valley - Weardale
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 14/03/2013 09:30:05   Subject: Stanhopeburn Valley - Weardale
I think we have noted on this site from Bellsgrove to Cowshill how those intent on peace and quiet make mine -explorers lives difficult without trying to trying to stir things up amongst ourselves.
Topic: Stanhopeburn Valley - Weardale
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 13/03/2013 20:38:27   Subject: Stanhopeburn Valley - Weardale
Interestingly, Malcolm Brown was working this mine for SAMUK when we made our visit.
He got the name 'fang' after the Italian motor cyclist who won several TT races in the 1960's!
Yes he hel
Topic: Stanhopeburn Valley - Weardale
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 13/03/2013 19:33:49   Subject: Stanhopeburn Valley - Weardale
Interesting points you make Chris, I can understand the gas bit, but the lasers?
Topic: Stanhopeburn Valley - Weardale
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 13/03/2013 19:10:31   Subject: Stanhopeburn Valley - Weardale
Mine in the caravan site is Hope Level.

Went up it about 20 years ago into stopes on Red Vein. At that time is was being worked by SAMUK.
Not sure if the level is 'open' or not.
Topic: Frongoch issues
John Lawson

Forum: Mid Wales   Posted: 12/03/2013 09:54:12   Subject: Frongoch issues
Hi Roy,

Never been to the place, but if contractors are messing about on surface and it is danger of imment collapse, keep away from underground as long as possible in order to let the whol
Topic: Bellsgrove Lead Mine
John Lawson

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 07/03/2013 19:20:06   Subject: Bellsgrove Lead Mine
Hi Martin,
Useful stuff you have posted here.
What's the acess position now?
A few years ago Robert and myself were walking on the site when the guy who was working it for road stone wa
Topic: Bellsgrove Lead Mine
John Lawson

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 07/03/2013 19:19:50   Subject: Bellsgrove Lead Mine
Hi Martin,
Useful stuff you have posted here.
What's the acess position now?
A few years ago Robert and myself were walking on the site when the guy who was working it for road stone wa
Topic: Barneycraig User Album (album)
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 06/03/2013 22:37:45   Subject: Barneycraig User Album (album)
The o2 figure quoted by Mike is about the level quoted as necessary for a carbide lamp to burn. So I guess there hasn't been much change over thee years.
Mike we turned back because of this with
Topic: Barneycraig User Album (album)
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 05/03/2013 19:37:17   Subject: Barneycraig User Album (album)
I do not think there has been any change in the air quality in Barneycraig over the years!
First went in there nearly 50 years ago, and our carbide lamp went out!
I spoke to Eric Bowman who
Topic: Marrick Low & Upper Smelt Mill Access
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 04/03/2013 19:15:10   Subject: Marrick Low & Upper Smelt Mill Access
A farmer like that (and his wife who worked in a sollicitor's office in Stanhope - so could throw solicitors's letters at me like machine gun bullets), lost us our dig and access to East Greenlaws min
Topic: Essential Reading Project
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 27/02/2013 19:21:09   Subject: Essential Reading Project
Personally an essential mining book list should be just about the mines and how they operated.
It should not be about how the working class were treated.
There are many books about this I be
Topic: Essential Reading Project
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 26/02/2013 19:22:41   Subject: Essential Reading Project
I feel that the one book that seems to have been omitted is the Llfe and work of the Northern Lead miner.
It was authored by late friend, Arthur Roberts.
He set himself the task of chasing p
Topic: The first use of gunpowder in mining
John Lawson

Forum: Mining Methods & Techniques   Posted: 18/02/2013 20:15:02   Subject: The first use of gunpowder in mining
Good you Roy,now everyone using the site knows how to make black powder!
The difficulty of course is obtaining the potassium nitrate!
Ecton copper mine in Staffordshire was owned by the Du
Topic: The first use of gunpowder in mining
John Lawson

Forum: Mining Methods & Techniques   Posted: 18/02/2013 20:14:52   Subject: The first use of gunpowder in mining
Good you Roy,now everyone using the site knows how to make black powder!
The difficulty of course is obtaining the potassium nitrate!
Ecton copper mine in Staffordshire was owned by the Du
Topic: Looking down into the open shaft (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 16/02/2013 20:51:09   Subject: Looking down into the open shaft (photo)
Hi Dave, Rob and myself went underground here but did not get very far!

We think the forestry went overboard with the fencing off indeed when we were there fence posts and staples, looked a
Topic: Hello from Aberdeenshire
John Lawson

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 14/02/2013 19:17:59   Subject: Hello from Aberdeenshire
Welcome Nickliv,
I live in the South of Scotlland and I am sure if you look around you will find holes to go down.
Grampian speological group as I have often flagged up have listed both mine
Topic: Coppermines Deep Level
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/02/2013 20:00:26   Subject: Coppermines Deep Level
Personally do not know the Coniston set too well.
This blockage suggests it couldf have major consequences, snd the local water board may have to something.
Two previous instances come to mi
Topic: Hello! from Ayrshire
John Lawson

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 24/01/2013 21:19:56   Subject: Hello! from Ayrshire
Welcome Pyro. If live North of the Border,but usually I am all over the place.
Tyndrum is a good start, do not know if you went all the way up the ladderway I must admit I bottled out from the ro
Topic: Term 'water blast shaft'
John Lawson

Forum: Mining Methods & Techniques   Posted: 24/01/2013 21:11:36   Subject: Term 'water blast shaft'
Do get too near-for the waterblast shaft in Smallcleugh was railed off by Norpex members. After a fatality in that shaft!
As far as I am aware the only fatality in the mine, we certainly do not
Topic: flotation
John Lawson

Forum: South West England   Posted: 23/01/2013 19:26:17   Subject: flotation
I can only endorse what has already been posted.
Flotation seems to be more of an art than a science. I remember Peter Blezzard working on a zinc flotation unit at Force Crag, he obviously had pu
Topic: Nice head/cap lamp for a 'newbie'?
John Lawson

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 18/01/2013 20:51:19   Subject: Nice head/cap lamp for a 'newbie'?
Peter I would have thought like me you have started with NiFe lamp or the Edison equivalent!
These were been discarded by the N.C.B. in the late 50's & early 60's because miners were getting burn
Topic: Drager X-Am 3000 4-gas monitor
John Lawson

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 15/01/2013 19:16:45   Subject: Drager X-Am 3000 4-gas monitor
Only just looked at this thread.
Regarding H2S it can be made easily by adding Hydrochloric acid to any sulphide!
Galena is the obvious one, but Pyrite will do as well.
However, as has
Topic: Smallcleugh Horse Level Bridge
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 15/01/2013 19:09:41   Subject: Smallcleugh Horse Level Bridge
As you correctly surmised I have a few years to go yet namely 9 and half! So it is hopefully achievable.
Talking of Hethrington, there is a copy of part of Hethrington's original survey notes in
Topic: Smallcleugh Horse Level Bridge
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 14/01/2013 19:52:17   Subject: Smallcleugh Horse Level Bridge
Well done guys!
Looks like an excellent piece of work!
I do not know how you manged to get over Killhope!
It was snowing buckets here and I could not our house until it stopped,
L
Topic: Smallcleugh Horse Level Bridge
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 09/01/2013 19:23:08   Subject: Smallcleugh Horse Level Bridge
Me thinks that there has been a lot of rot talked about the dry version,
Seriously if the original timber had been treated against this fungus then it would not grow! Usually these timber treatme
Topic: Smallcleugh Horse Level Bridge
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 07/01/2013 19:36:27   Subject: Smallcleugh Horse Level Bridge
I am glad you guys flagged this one up. It was decidedly dodgy when we were in there just before Christmas.

As Nick suggests using the right hand rail going inbye seems to be the safer one.
Topic: Arkendale, 1876
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 05/01/2013 18:50:24   Subject: Arkendale, 1876
Hi Chris,,

Thanks for directing me towards this thesis. It is one of the most interesting research topics I have read since the Northern lead miner and that was a few years ago!
Sever
Topic: Arkendale, 1876
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/01/2013 19:26:24   Subject: Arkendale, 1876
Hi Chris, I do not think we can assume that just because Mike says that it was not being used much then that is a proven fact!
His book is useful but there are no NGRs nor more importantly very f
Topic: West Cumbria Mines Research Society
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/01/2013 19:14:21   Subject: West Cumbria Mines Research Society
Roy I do not know how you obtained a copy of that plan, but you have reminded me of a possible source of Cumria Mine plans/ documents..
I carried out some research in the Cumbria record office, w
Topic: West Cumbria Mines Research Society
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 02/01/2013 20:00:37   Subject: West Cumbria Mines Research Society
Thanks Peter for reminding me about the V.M.Nenthead fire.
A friend of yours Dr Dick Ineson told Robert and myself about a fire of mining documents/clear out after the death of the manager of Wea
Topic: Arkendale, 1876
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 02/01/2013 19:48:11   Subject: Arkendale, 1876
Old Moulds level would also be within walking distance. This is considered to be the main tramway to the A.D. and Surrender ground of these respective mining Companies.
Turf Moor levell is above
Topic: Arkendale, 1876
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 01/01/2013 20:17:34   Subject: Arkendale, 1876
Mr Eddy is almost certainly the famous mining engineer/consultant who came to fame by running the Duke of Devonshire's Grassington Mines.
So it implies some advice on a mining problem.
Topic: West Cumbria Mines Research Society
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 30/12/2012 21:05:15   Subject: West Cumbria Mines Research Society
There are as far as I know no V.M. Smallcleugh plans.
However there is a very large abandonment plan of Capelcleugh and middlecleugh mines dated 1.10 18 which covers the edge of Smallcleugh and f
Topic: West Cumbria Mines Research Society
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 30/12/2012 20:44:34   Subject: West Cumbria Mines Research Society
Hi Rich,
You raise a good point we used to use the 1948 edition as bed time reading in those days!
However we naively thought that as Old Carr's Vein intersected Longcleugh Vein in the vicin
Topic: West Cumbria Mines Research Society
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 30/12/2012 20:13:01   Subject: West Cumbria Mines Research Society
In the 1970's mine explorers had only two plans of Smallcleugh available to them.

The first was made by Peter Jackson based on his personal survey work assisted by members of his family. Th
Topic: West Cumbria Mines Research Society
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 29/12/2012 22:54:44   Subject: West Cumbria Mines Research Society
I have recently discovered that Roy has scanned their journals and uplifted these to the site.
Well done Roy.

However he thinks that our explorations in Smalllcleugh did not yield as m
Topic: Proposed Nuclear Dump in the lake district
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/12/2012 19:55:31   Subject: Proposed Nuclear Dump in the lake district
I think all the drilling work around West Cumbria took place simply because the locals, by and large are friendly towards a repository here.
This is no doubt due to the presence of Sellafield. If
Topic: Locating an individual miner
John Lawson

Forum: Genealogy   Posted: 14/12/2012 20:50:11   Subject: Locating an individual miner
When conducting my research on Thomas Dodds you come up with theebweeewkly rate of about 10 shillings a week for a pickman(i.e. a lead miner).
Out of this he would have to pay for gunpowder and
Topic: Locating an individual miner
John Lawson

Forum: Genealogy   Posted: 12/12/2012 19:33:57   Subject: Locating an individual miner
A couple of points spring to mind on this posting.
The first is that enlightened companies such as the Bllackett-Beaumont and London Lead Company encouraged the setting up of schools and miners l
Topic: Minco at Nenthead
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 12/12/2012 19:17:36   Subject: Minco
Good on you Peter for keeping a watch on this. In reply to Mike's point I guess that C.C.C. do not think much of the chances of hitting a Tara deposit here and are playing safe with the grouse estate
Topic: Cats Heads
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/12/2012 19:26:23   Subject: Cats Heads
The correct name for these is septarian nodules.
They usually occur in bands in the shale but are also found as 'oneoffs' in it.
As far as I am aware,how they are formed is not fully underst
Topic: Real Lead Miners
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 30/11/2012 17:46:48   Subject: Real Lead Miners
I do not have any names and addresses that are up to date.If no one else posts any then I will get in touch with my American friend Jesse because I am sure he will know of some.
In any case what
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