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Topic: Real Lead Miners
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 29/11/2012 19:08:41   Subject: Real Lead Miners
Hi Pete
I would have thought that both Fraser's miners or a Blackdene one would fit this bill.
Robert was down the former towards the end off it's life and told me it was pulling out as muc
Topic: Bats in North Pennines
John Lawson

Forum: Underground Photography & Video   Posted: 15/11/2012 22:06:59   Subject: Bats in North Pennines
I can confirm what Ed says there are bats in Hilton.
I have seen several over the years!
Of course you are not supposed to be in there to see them!
I can also categorically state this m
Topic: Minco at Nenthead
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 11/11/2012 17:31:07   Subject: Minco
Judging where the rig is situated it cannot be far from Rampgill shaft, which according to Dunham:V.M. said the Vein split up and did not contain any worth while mineral. However they did not go down
Topic: Minco at Nenthead
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 07/11/2012 19:22:11   Subject: Minco
As Alistair has correctly stated under present mining conditions you either need an extremely rich 'bonanza' find or lots of mineral.
The grade of it is incidental providing there are lots.
Topic: Minco at Nenthead
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 05/11/2012 19:17:48   Subject: Minco
All interesting stuff. It clearly is possible that there is a major ore field in the Melmerby Scar limestone.
The interesting point that Colin has brought to our attention is Minco are already d
Topic: Nenthead thanks and condemnation
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 03/11/2012 22:19:26   Subject: Nenthead thanks and condemnation
As I understand it the majority of the gates at Nenthead originally were put in place by Cumbria council under one of their job creation schemes.
The gates were not locked and were designed to be
Topic: favourite hard hat....
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 17/10/2012 22:06:22   Subject: favourite hard hat....
Slightly off topic but I hope relevant to the thread.
I have for a number of years been buying general hard hats, fitting them with a CS lamp bracket and using them until the cradle becomes usel
Topic: Clogs Underground
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 09/10/2012 19:33:35   Subject: Clogs Underground
I have always felt that whilst they may be some superstions regarding the leaving of clogs underground and I have come across many.
I think a more simple explanation might be as the clogs became
Topic: Rampgill Brewery Shaft
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 08/10/2012 19:21:34   Subject: Rampgill Brewery Shaft
was ok when we were there in May and presumably when Pete J. led the trips into Scaleburn.
All seems to suggest a very recent occurence. The doors seemed a little ornate and hence may have attr
Topic: oldham advice
John Lawson

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 17/09/2012 19:03:59   Subject: oldham advice
Hi Roy,
You list the many advantages of you lamp but miss my point how does you lamp stand up to immersion in water?
Topic: oldham advice
John Lawson

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 14/09/2012 21:53:16   Subject: oldham advice
Slighty off topic but I think quite relevant.
Have recently been in touch with Enersys regarding the ability of their Lithium ion packs to withstand water.
The answer being they do not!
Topic: Anyone know what this is?
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 21/08/2012 22:18:03   Subject: Anyone know what this is?
Almost certainly this a sample of red Jasper.
It it is found from Cornwall to Shetland.
Carnellan is orange, more translucent and of course rarer.
Agates usually are banded this is not.
Topic: Hard Level Archive Album (album)
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 18/08/2012 22:09:16   Subject: Hard Level Archive Album (album)
This looks llke the H.M.P. Photograph which was reproduced in Arthur Raistricks book on the Swaledale Mines.
The figure on the picture being Pete Jennings.
Topic: Engine room (?) (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 01/08/2012 19:10:11   Subject: Engine room (?) (photo)
Hi Roy,
I am sure with your background you can sniff out lots of things!
Did you never fancy sleeping in the North End flats, in your camping days up there?
Or was the possibility of m
Topic: Engine room (?) (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 30/07/2012 20:16:23   Subject: Engine room (?) (photo)
Hi Chris, couldn't agree more with your alcoholic comments.
I always feel you have to concentrate 100% when underground and whilst alcohol is an initial stimulus it will probably lead you into ta
Topic: Engine room (?) (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 29/07/2012 19:26:09   Subject: Engine room (?) (photo)
Hi Guys,
The beer can was not ours, though perhaps it was of my generation.
Thanks for clarifying the sumps location on the Smallcleugh random.
I am working from memory here, but intere
Topic: Engine room (?) (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 28/07/2012 21:46:43   Subject: Engine room (?) (photo)
Hi folks, when I see these Smallcleugh photos, have to think hard where they are and how they are accessed. Hence a fairly full description needs to accompany them.
I think it is on the original
Topic: For Sale: HILTI TE 6-A cordless rotary hammer drill with 2 li-ion batteries
John Lawson

Forum: For Sale! (and wanted / for swap)   Posted: 19/07/2012 19:38:22   Subject: For Sale: HILTI TE 6-A cordless rotary hammer drill with 2 li-ion batteries
I have bought one and they are very good!
However found it was too heavy for me! Must be getting old!
So I gave it to my son and bought a 36 Volt Bosch instead!
A lot lighter!
The
Topic: Special Reports on the Mineral Resources of Great Britain
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 18/07/2012 19:54:30   Subject: Special Reports on the Mineral Resources of Great Britain
Hi Chris,
First time I have seen this thread and good that you have been able to add to the original list.
Have you figured out why some volumes are missing eg XXX which is on the Copper ore
Topic: Special Reports on the Mineral Resources of Great Britain
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 18/07/2012 19:54:16   Subject: Special Reports on the Mineral Resources of Great Britain
Hi Chris,
First time I have seen this thread and good that you have been able to add to the original list.
Have you figured out why some volumes are missing eg XXX which is on the Copper ore
Topic: Grasshill Lead Mine
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 12/07/2012 21:04:24   Subject: Grasshill Lead Mine
I am guessing that this mine is on Raby Estates.
So the obvious place to look is through their Estate Office.
Not sure how they would take to that.
There has been a change in attitude f
Topic: harnisha burn
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 12/07/2012 20:56:28   Subject: harnisha burn
As has been already described nearly all mining folk do some preventative work when they are underground, or in some cases on surface.
We did some remedial work in the entrances of Brownley Hill
Topic: Nenthead Photos
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 10/07/2012 19:49:22   Subject: Nenthead Photosit
Hi Chris,
Whilst I have seen a lot of Nenthead photos around this time I have seen anything like the second one which is why I have doubts about it being at Nenthead.
The first almost certai
Topic: Nenthead Photos
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 10/07/2012 19:19:22   Subject: Nenthead Photos
Hi Chris,
Can we be sure the two photos were actually linked or did the seller just lump them together?
There were lots of presumed coal-workings shown on my copy of the Coalcleugh plan as y
Topic: Smallcleugh junction into Longcleugh vein
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 30/06/2012 19:44:14   Subject: Smallcleugh junction into Longcleugh vein
Hi Smallceugh people,
The main advantage of a dig from the Carr's side is that if you could get through then you would be in completely unexplored ground on Longcleugh Vein.
As I described p
Topic: Smallcleugh junction into Longcleugh vein
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 29/06/2012 22:50:20   Subject: Smallcleugh junction into Loncleugh vein
Hi RJV,
I lead a group of diggers who included Roy Fellows and Billy Grifffin to do exactly what you suggested. We carried out this around 8 years ago.
The branch which should eventually lea
Topic: Smallcleugh junction into Longcleugh vein
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 28/06/2012 22:29:26   Subject: Smallcleugh junction into Loncleugh vein
This is the site of the way into the Longcleugh veins, both the Longcleugh Vein and the larger second Sun Vein.
Around 1975 I suggested to the late John McNeil we should look for the connection b
Topic: Passage (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 27/06/2012 21:05:07   Subject: Passage (photo)
Tyndrum photos.
It is good to these on the site. I regard the Tyndrum lead and zinc mines to be one of the most complete mines in Scotland.
True there is very little surface features except
Topic: Inside the world's largest iron ore mine
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 19/06/2012 21:16:35   Subject: Inside the world's largest iron ore mine
Looks like a quarry to me!

Most modern mines are!
Even modern underground ones are usually worked by a process of extraction called trackless haulage. Which basically involves using di
Topic: Gutterby mine access
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 13/06/2012 19:41:46   Subject: Gutterby mine access
As has already been stated the farmer who owns the land has erected deer fencing in order to keep thieves from stealing his hens and free-range eggs.
The mines condition has detiorated over the 2
Topic: Gutterby mine access
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 13/06/2012 19:41:35   Subject: Gutterby mine access
As has already been stated the farmer who owns the land has erected deer fencing in order to keep thieves from stealing his hens and free-range eggs.
The mines condition has detiorated over the 2
Topic: Tynebottom Mine
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 11/06/2012 19:48:54   Subject: Tynebottom Mine
The flats run under the field opposite the old school, but I reckon the way on would be severely blocked as I spoke to one of the local farmers who told me that as holes appeared in his field he made
Topic: Has Anyone any tips on emptying rubbish-filled mine shafts, please?
John Lawson

Forum: South West England   Posted: 06/06/2012 20:11:57   Subject: Has Anyone any tips on emptying rubbish-filled mine shafts, please?
Shaft Capping,
This is really no great deal as reinforced concrete will easily hold the top in place.
Basically you need a manhole and cover this are readily available at you local builders
Topic: Has Anyone any tips on emptying rubbish-filled mine shafts, please?
John Lawson

Forum: South West England   Posted: 06/06/2012 20:11:55   Subject: Has Anyone any tips on emptying rubbish-filled mine shafts, please?
Shaft Capping,
This is really no great deal as reinforced concrete will easily hold the top in place.
Basically you need a manhole and cover this are readily available at you local builders
Topic: Has Anyone any tips on emptying rubbish-filled mine shafts, please?
John Lawson

Forum: South West England   Posted: 05/06/2012 20:12:31   Subject: Has Anyone any tips on emptying rubbish-filled mine shafts, please?
Hi Folks,
As Roy will tell you I know a little bit about digging out vertical shafts.
You will need quite a bit of gear if you have any intention of descending over 30 ft or 10m.
When w
Topic: Arkengarthdale Mystery Photo
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 04/06/2012 19:08:04   Subject: Arkengarthdale Mystery Photo
Hi Chris,
Guy on the right looks like Ivor Brown, but then if this is the case then who is putting in the arching stone?
Ivor and the late Tony Marsh did a lot of the initial exploration in
Topic: Who's th' aad man now?
John Lawson

Forum: Events   Posted: 25/05/2012 21:58:02   Subject: Who's th' aad man now?
Hi Nortonray,
You have answered the old judge's question perfectly.
In a case over ownership a learned judge asked the question"who is this old man? We should get him here and he could resol
Topic: hunting for gold
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 25/05/2012 21:44:51   Subject: hunting for gold
Hi steel fixer,
Good luck in your search!
I have been looking for nearly 60 years and I still have not panned a nugget!
Seriously however I have been shown some 4 years ago 3 superb Sco
Topic: evening all....
John Lawson

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 09/05/2012 19:23:54   Subject: evening all....
Hi ebgb,
Good to have you on the site- not enough locals contribute.
Sorry to disappoint you about West Boltsburn,unless it has changed!
Was in there 20years ago went to an ironstone fl
Topic: North Pennines - West Allendale and Killhope
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 08/05/2012 19:07:17   Subject: North Pennines - West Allendale and Killhope
Hi interested parties,
Thanks Pete for confirming what I had surmised.
I take on your concern regarding the Colorado mine Adits.
However looking at the outflow from our North Pennine mi
Topic: North Pennines - West Allendale and Killhope
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 07/05/2012 19:02:22   Subject: North Pennines - West Allendale and Killhope
I have number of thoughts/questions on this thread.
The first one is about waste metal ion recovery.
Unless there is a prospect of hundreds of thousands of tons of it then my guess is this i
Topic: Bentyfield Mine
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 02/05/2012 19:22:35   Subject: Bentyfield Mine
Hi Bentyfield Diggers!
Had a look at my Bentyfield plans.
The Engine house plan as, I thought is more or less that.
It shows an existing engine house(presumably a chamber),more or less
Topic: Bentyfield Mine
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 01/05/2012 20:45:47   Subject: Bentyfield Mine
Hi Pete,
It is all genuine! I will look out my tracing of it and see if there is any more info about access . Off the top of my head I cannot remember any site info it is simply a plan of the Eng
Topic: Bentyfield Mine
John Lawson

Forum: Member Journals   Posted: 01/05/2012 19:28:04   Subject: Bentyfield Mine
The good work that is being carried out here set me thinking about some information I discovered at Beamish.
In their plan collection they have a plan dated 24.1. 1876 of Old and new underground
Topic: Groverake 1998 visit including Frazers
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 25/04/2012 19:37:34   Subject: Groverake 1998 visit including Frazers
It is a good record of the mine. It looks like Frasers rather than Groverake.
When I was last underground in both, the latter had been partially closed down and all production there was obtained
Topic: Kining Level Lead Mine
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 28/03/2012 19:44:26   Subject: Kining Level Lead Mine
Hi,
I my memory serves me correctly Peter Crabtree of I discovered the Sir Francis Engine fame wrote up a small article for the PDMHS journal probably around the late 60's.
Not visited the s
Topic: New blockage in Brownley Hill (now cleared)
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 03/03/2012 20:49:24   Subject: New blockage in Brownley Hill (now cleared)
Hi Chris,
Good for you -this area on the horse level has always been dodgy.
I think in the 60's we originally turned around in this area.
However exploration in in the 70's took us pas
Topic: Low flat - east end of hard Crosscut (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 02/03/2012 21:53:38   Subject: Low flat - east end of hard Crosscut (photo)
It is good to note that no-one, so far has raised objections to my speculation regarding the height differentials, out bye at the East End of the Hard Cross cut.
Originally I had thought the obvi
Topic: Low flat - east end of hard Crosscut (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 01/03/2012 19:14:53   Subject: Low flat - east end of hard Crosscut (photo)
Hi Derrickman,
If you read about the VM. plant at Nenthead you will quickly realise they had no compressed air capacity! They compressed the air hydraulically and any spare was used for pumping.<
Topic: Low flat - east end of hard Crosscut (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 01/03/2012 09:41:25   Subject: Low flat - east end of hard Crosscut (photo)
This Hydroleum engine, seems to be a steam engine fuelled by hydrocarbons. As such it has the immediate advantage of releasing a lot less carbon oxides than a coal fired traditional engine-since over
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