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Topic: Low flat - east end of hard Crosscut (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 28/02/2012 19:36:09   Subject: Low flat - east end of hard Crosscut (photo)
Good photo Pete,
I reckon that this area was worked out by V.M.during the first war period when they were keeping up production by using deads.
I speculate that they also had highered the ho
Topic: Suggestions for Western Highlands
John Lawson

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 21/02/2012 20:21:01   Subject: Suggestions for Western Highlands
Hi,
The obvious place is to use the Coran ferry and go to see the
Strontian lead/baryte mines these are extensive and some are accessible.
The land owner Black Dan is not too keen to l
Topic: A sensibly priced cordless caplamp
John Lawson

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 10/02/2012 21:00:52   Subject: A sensibly priced cordless caplamp
I think this discussion has a got as low as it can get without actually standing in it!
Perhaps it should be reconvened when someone has tested one of these lamps and can make a real evaluation,a
Topic: Glencore and Xstrata $90bn merger deal
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 08/02/2012 20:01:38   Subject: Glencore and Xstrata $90bn merger deal
According to today's Times some of the major shareholders think they are not getting enough for their Xstrata shares so it might not go through.
It is also interesting to note that if it does it
Topic: A sensibly priced cordless caplamp
John Lawson

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 08/02/2012 19:57:43   Subject: A sensibly priced cordless caplamp
Two things strike me here(not literally I hope- saw enough of that in Greenlaws!)
Does anyone know the wattage of the bulb/LED?
Secondally I Ike the idea of a battery belt/belay belt which m
Topic: Black Angel reopening
John Lawson

Forum: Mining Methods & Techniques   Posted: 07/02/2012 20:11:46   Subject: Black Angel reopening
As understand it the Zinc/lead mines in Greenland are becoming more viable due to the retreating ice-cap and the resulting surface being clear of ice and snow for a longer period of time.
Certain
Topic: Manchester cash tunnel
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 15/01/2012 10:11:45   Subject: Manchester cash tunnel
Apparently the second attempt!
The previous one having been found by a railway worker and the tunnel sealed by the police using concrete.
Did these guys dig to beyond the seal or was the hol
Topic: Nenthead
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 10/01/2012 21:18:59   Subject: Nenthead
I am sure all the existing members of the N.P.H.T. Wish to commend the group for their willingness to take on this new venture.
I am certain that they can count on the support of the previous gro
Topic: Most worrying place you've ever been in a mine...
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 06/01/2012 22:09:58   Subject: Most worrying place you've ever been in a mine...
The worst place I have ever been in was in a Cross Cut off the East Greenlaws Vein called Joseph Ritsons.
We had been digging in the main vein to try and acess new ground when we heard some rumbl
Topic: Brownley Hill Ventilation Fan
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 21/12/2011 19:35:04   Subject: Brownley Hill Ventilation Fan
Continuing with the Moss Cross Vein theme, in the middle 50's Roughside Mine was reopened by a group of local miners to work this Vein in the Higher Sills.
Baryte was the mineral sought but when
Topic: Brownley Hill Ventilation Fan
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 21/12/2011 14:35:21   Subject: Brownley Hill Ventilation Fan
Even part of Moss Cross Vein was accessible though I have not checked it in recent times and as the entrance was on a nasty piece of ground it is possible that it might have fallen in.
Topic: Brownley Hill Ventilation Fan
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 20/12/2011 20:21:59   Subject: Brownley Hill Ventilation Fan
When mine exploration began in the B.H.mine no one understood the Veille Montagne plan which was freely available from P.D.M.H.S.
Slowly it emerged that nearly all of the workings shown on it are
Topic: Brownley Hill Ventilation Fan
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 19/12/2011 21:37:54   Subject: Brownley Hill Ventilation Fan
The photo the Colonel was referring to almost certainly was taken in the days the West Cumberland mine research group carried out their important B.H. Explorations.
Mick was one trail blazers in
Topic: Wildlife in mines..
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 05/12/2011 21:07:11   Subject: Wildlife in mines..
The most unusual wild life I encountered other than meeting R.F. underground- with his old helmet on which had a unmentionable graffiti on it! Enough to scare anyone! Occurred when Robert and I decid
Topic: Shining Sough, Youlgrave, Derbyshire
John Lawson

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 30/11/2011 20:37:05   Subject: Shining Sough, Youlgrave, Derbyshire
Again I would be surprised if the sough was flooded because the entrance was above river level even in Winter, and assuming the usual rise level in drainage levels i.e.1ft in a 100ft then even after a
Topic: Shining Sough, Youlgrave, Derbyshire
John Lawson

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 26/11/2011 21:19:06   Subject: Shining Sough, Youlgrave, Derbyshire
what historytrog has written would confirm to me that Eccles Caving Club had removed the blocks and debris in the floor reffered to in a previous posting, since no workings were seen when we first ent
Topic: Shining Sough, Youlgrave, Derbyshire
John Lawson

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 24/11/2011 19:27:57   Subject: Shining Sough, Youlgrave, Derbyshire
I am surprised what streth has told us about the sough collapsing many years ago. The entrance was very low down and you had to wriggle through fallen blocks which all looked natural. Once through thi
Topic: Incident at Great Orme Copper Mines - 19th November 2011
John Lawson

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 23/11/2011 19:32:53   Subject: Incident at Great Orme Copper Mines - 19th November 2011
Glad the guy got out ok and it is a credit to the Mines Rescue service.
Having viewed the report thanks to Simon, it makes the fate of Alison at Galston, all the more tragic!
It would be nic
Topic: Shining Sough, Youlgrave, Derbyshire
John Lawson

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 23/11/2011 19:25:05   Subject: Shining Sough, Youlgrave, Derbyshire
Hi was in there over 40 years ago,
As I remember it entrance was adjacent to the river not far from a large shaft.
It was a coffin level which ended in a blockage -loose rocks I recall,why w
Topic: Miners Tools.
John Lawson

Forum: Mining Methods & Techniques   Posted: 10/11/2011 20:49:29   Subject: Miners Tools.
Poll pick,
Made one of these when I first started to be interested in mines-about 40 years ago!
I recovered a broken pick head from a disused Derbyshire Mine then using a junior hacksaw cut
Topic: Shotholes
John Lawson

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 08/11/2011 21:30:50   Subject: Shotholes
Hi Chris
An excellent photo of the Cleveland Drill the ones used the Northern Pennines seem to be similar but a lot shorter generally about 3ft long or just under a metre.
None of the ones I
Topic: Shotholes
John Lawson

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 07/11/2011 22:21:36   Subject: Shotholes
Never seen any of these triangular shot holes.
Can only assume that they could be used in a softer type rock, as hand drilling in hard rock in this manner would be almost impossible.
You can
Topic: Florence Iron Mine - Info Request
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 31/10/2011 19:49:57   Subject: Florence Iron Mine - Info Request
Hi Chris,
Glad to hear that you have done so!
Have known Dave for many,many years and I thought hard about releasing his personal details but I am absolutely certain that he would only be to
Topic: Florence Iron Mine - Info Request
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 31/10/2011 19:38:13   Subject: Florence Iron Mine - Info Request
Hi folks,
The person who would definitely know the info you need is the former secretary of the now defunct West Cumberland Mines Historical Society.
Dave Banks.
Topic: Underground Waterwheels
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 26/10/2011 19:27:28   Subject: Underground Waterwheels
The only underground waterwheels I know about are those at Allenheads mine.
When the mine yard was being cleared in the 1970's a shaft was open in the yard which lead down to the remains of two o
Topic: Underground Waterwheels
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 26/10/2011 19:27:26   Subject: Underground Waterwheels
The only underground waterwheels I know about are those at Allenheads mine.
When the mine yard was being cleared in the 1970's a shaft was open in the yard which lead down to the remains of two o
Topic: Nenthead, New Trust Funding - Who Would be willing to Donate?
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/10/2011 21:01:21   Subject: Nenthead, New Trust Funding - Who Would be willing to Donate?
In this thread the assumption appears to me that the officers of the N.P.H.T. are not going to be involved in any new set up.
I would sincerely hope that they would be, and on reading the winding
Topic: Hard Level Entrance (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 10/10/2011 19:52:14   Subject: Hard Level Entrance (photo)
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Topic: NPHT
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 10/10/2011 19:47:26   Subject: NPHT
Over the weekend met an old friend of mine who is a member of the Trust and more importantly had good news of about the winding up meeting.
Apparently the VAT people are not going tp persue the d
Topic: NPHT
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 23/09/2011 21:18:07   Subject: NPHT
The point Chris raise is a very valid one.
Close to me is the Wanlockhead mining trust and two years ago was threatened with closure,as it was losing money.
I do not know all the details but
Topic: UKs longest mines drainage tunnel?
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 23/09/2011 21:10:03   Subject: UKs longest mines drainage tunnel?
It is interesting in considering this topic and I am no expert the Derbyshire guys have not suggested that Hillcar Sough is included in this list.
It is as far as I can establish 4.6 miles long
Topic: UKs longest mines drainage tunnel?
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 22/09/2011 20:10:13   Subject: UKs longest mines drainage tunnel?
According to information in Peter Wilkinson's book on Nent Force level.
The full length with branches was 29,600 ft. or 5.6 miles.
He is hesitant about it since he it did not know whether th
Topic: NPHT
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 22/09/2011 19:53:38   Subject: NPHT
I also received the same letter and my reading of the situation is the N.H.P.T. Is being wound up because it has to pay back V.A.T. funds it received but which it may not have been fully entitled to.<
Topic: Horror! home made rope ladder in winzes.
John Lawson

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 21/09/2011 20:33:22   Subject: Horror! home made rope ladder in winzes.
Roy you have certainly made the point!
However if you trust others dodgy gear then you are simply being stupid!
I have always assessed the situation and then made plans accordingly.
If
Topic: Force Crag update
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 19/09/2011 20:52:01   Subject: Force Crag update
Hi Rhys,
The Force Crag through trip is very interesting.
Normal practice is to enter at High Force level, going up the so called Burma Road- named after the one used in the far east to supp
Topic: 17thC. Lead Mines Near Eyam, Derbyshire
John Lawson

Forum: Mining Heritage   Posted: 15/09/2011 21:56:09   Subject: 17thC. Lead Mines Near Eyam, Derbyshire
In the 60's did a survey of the Bagshaw Documents in the John Rylands library Manchester.
Basically Hucklow Edge Rake was being worked from around Milldam mine and then worked Eastward.
I ca
Topic: Boots or wellies
John Lawson

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 02/09/2011 22:08:38   Subject: Boots or wellies
In small walk in mines with little water wellies are best. Eg Tynebottom Mine Garrigill.
In deep water boots are best with wet suit socks.The boots and wells must have steel toe caps as I know fr
Topic: Carrock
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 31/08/2011 20:34:47   Subject: Carrock
As far as I know C.A.T. Have gated the Canadian level on Harding vein with permission of the landowner and presumably the Lake District planning board.
No doubt access will be allowed under "cont
Topic: Tyndrum Lead Mine
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 29/08/2011 21:06:37   Subject: Tyndrum Lead Mine
Made a visit to this mine yesterday. Forrestry have erected some new defences!
It is a small interesting mine the operation dates from the early nineteenth century and closed down around 1926.
Topic: Smallcleugh / Thompsons photo
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 27/08/2011 19:07:53   Subject: Smallcleugh-30-09-2007-Image-001 (photo)
It does not look if NPHT have got through the blockage some 20m in.

I hope they do manage to get to the end because one of the plans in my possession shows a large Flat associated with Carr
Topic: What's the toughest trip you've ever done?
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 25/08/2011 20:04:06   Subject: What's the toughest trip you've ever done?
Interesting discussion.

All flat out crawls are difficult especially since often you do not have the option of turning around and so you have to come out feet first!
In my opinion on
Topic: Pit pony info/photos/memorabilia
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 25/08/2011 19:47:49   Subject: Pit pony info/photos/memorabilia
Hi Plantpotpuppy

Nice to hear of your interest. All of the British metal mines were worked with horses. They were used primarily for pulling the ore/waste out of the mine and taking timber
Topic: Lead mine rescue - North Wales
John Lawson

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 11/08/2011 23:14:59   Subject: Lead mine rescue - North Wales
Simon that was exactly the point I was alluding to.In my opinion all of us engaged in mine exploration must be aware of the public response to accidents. When I was almost entombed in Greenlaws Mine t
Topic: Lead mine rescue - North Wales
John Lawson

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 11/08/2011 20:19:43   Subject: Lead mine rescue - North Wales
Not sure how long this discussion is going to run but I want to draw attention to some underground incidents I am aware of.
In the mid 50's myself and no doubt lots of others would explore the op
Topic: Lead mine rescue - North Wales
John Lawson

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 10/08/2011 19:47:13   Subject: Lead mine rescue - North Wales
Lots of interesting points have been made in this discussion,and I personally have valued the time I have spent with many Club members over nearly fifty years underground.
I cannot see how you ca
Topic: Drill recommendation
John Lawson

Forum: SRT Equipment & Training   Posted: 27/07/2011 21:01:43   Subject: Drill recommendation
We have used lots of different S.D.S drills. The first, used in the Scaleburn dig was a 24 Volt Bosch. We adapted it it to run on rechargeable NiCad batteries to give us extra power.
We currently
Topic: Gas monitors, Which do i buy????
John Lawson

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 09/06/2011 22:17:45   Subject: Gas monitors, Which do i buy????
Not sure this helps much, but when the first portable sensors were marketed bought a Neotox detector, cost about £500 15 years ago!
The detector was used in the explorations in Scaleburn and meas
Topic: Going digging - folding shovel!
John Lawson

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 02/06/2011 10:45:55   Subject: Going digging - folding shovel!
That's the one Simon,they are excellent shovels carried mine 6 mls on Sunday to look at entrance at Muirshield Mine only to find the water in it was too high!
Week before carried several miles t
Topic: Going digging - folding shovel!
John Lawson

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 01/06/2011 21:08:44   Subject: Going digging - folding shovel!
Personally tried lots of shovels including both British & American genuine entrenchers, all have problems,however without a shovel you cannot explore partially blocked entrances,


The
Topic: Sir Francis Level Entrance 2011 (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 01/06/2011 09:08:08   Subject: Sir Francis Level Entrance 2011 (photo)
Thanks Mike for throwing some light on the nature of the entrance blockage at Sir Francis.

Your information dovetails into what I know already,although the outcome seems somewhat drastic!
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