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Topic: Unknown Plateway - any suggestions?
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 09/06/2013 09:55:08   Subject: Unknown Plateway - any suggestions?
I suspect the wheels were of a design meant for a different use, like railway luggage trolleys or similar?
Topic: Unknown Plateway - any suggestions?
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 07/06/2013 21:13:48   Subject: Unknown Plateway - any suggestions?
I have recently been sent this image. Can anybody identify where it was taken?

[link]Personal-Album-1561-Image-86917[linkphoto]Personal-Album-1561-Image-86917[/linkphoto][/link]

Topic: The Somme, secret tunnel wars
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 21/05/2013 13:05:50   Subject: More Secret Tunnel Wars
[quote="RJV"]Tunneling as a element of warfare would make for an interesting book if one hasn't already been written. Not massively up on the subject but it was used in siege tactics at least as long
Topic: Potash mine to hit visitor numbers by 15%!
Peter Burgess

Forum: North East England   Posted: 16/05/2013 13:31:27   Subject: Potash mine to hit visitor numbers by 15%!
Do the large quarries in the Peak District put visitors off?
Topic: Poldark
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 10/05/2013 13:52:54   Subject: Poldark
No, not quite all the Poldark fans. I would be very happy to see a nice donation to my society in return for assistance in Reigate.... ;D
Topic: Poldark
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 10/05/2013 10:22:59   Subject: Poldark
I'll let you know if, like from quite a few production companies, we get a request to use the Reigate Caves! "We are looking for a suitable site close to London"
Topic: Surfers and Marine Minerals Limited
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 02/05/2013 14:48:56   Subject: Surfers and Marine Minerals Limited
Roland, the point just made is best illustrated by considering the one metal most closely associated in the public's mind with Cornwall - tin. Tin has a very important role to play in gadgetry, in sol
Topic: Surfers and Marine Minerals Limited
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 01/05/2013 18:47:16   Subject: Surfers and Marine Minerals Limited
I don't know why you are moaning about them here. Wouldn't a surfers' website be a more appropriate place? A discussion on here on the merits or otherwise of the mineral extraction might be a better
Topic: Drakelow 27th April
Peter Burgess

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 01/05/2013 09:03:06   Subject: Drakelow 27th April
Or charge a little more than the cost, and use any profit to treat everyone down the pub. ;D
Topic: Pre-19th Century Mine Carts
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 01/05/2013 09:01:35   Subject: Pre-19th Century Mine Carts
Early Wooden Railways by Lewis has quite a bit to say on this I seem to recall. Or am I thinking of another work?
Topic: Surfers and Marine Minerals Limited
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 30/04/2013 12:28:45   Subject: Can't find post?
My guess is that sockpuppetry was suspected.
Topic: Surfers and Marine Minerals Limited
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 30/04/2013 11:28:30   Subject: Can't find post?
Maybe we need a voting system like Britains Got Talent (oops yes I have watched it). Four big red crosses and you are out.
Topic: Surfers and Marine Minerals Limited
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 30/04/2013 11:12:37   Subject: Can't find post?
Good riddance to it. It was hardly edifying.
Topic: Do you upload photos to the internet?
Peter Burgess

Forum: Underground Photography & Video   Posted: 30/04/2013 10:27:52   Subject: Do you upload photos to the internet?
Indeed. Photos are personal property. Like land. Some people treat other peoples' photos like caves/mines on CRoW land. :lol:
Topic: Reigate Sand Mines - SIHG award 2013
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 29/03/2013 19:08:36   Subject: Reigate Sand Mines - SIHG award 2013
Here are some photos of the kiln when it was excavated.

http://www.oocities.org/nixpix2004/roman_excavation.htm
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
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