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

Forum: North West England   Posted: 26/05/2011 19:38:08   Subject: Sir Francis Level Entrance 2011 (photo)
I am not able to cast any light on the possibility of deliberate damage to the airshaft/ level.

I was told about the airshaft blockage sometime around 1975 by the late John McNeil and he to
Topic: Sir Francis Level Entrance 2011 (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 25/05/2011 22:37:59   Subject: Sir Francis Level Entrance 2011 (photo)
I take the point, but I must add the keystone was not there when I explored the mine in1965, but at that time it was thought that someone was actually collecting these keystones.
However no names
Topic: Sir Francis Level Entrance 2011 (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 25/05/2011 19:25:26   Subject: Sir Francis Level Entrance 2011 (photo)
This group has done an excellent restoration job.As far as I know there is not an original photo of the entrance in existence so we do not what the original inscription might have been.
Many of t
Topic: Woodhead mines
John Lawson

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 19/05/2011 21:05:19   Subject: Woodhead mines
Hi Dave
Of the mines you mention the Drumruck mine is the more interesting
Unfortunately it is waist deep and not too long but has an interesting wagon inside worth looking at.
Topic: Woodhead mines
John Lawson

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 18/05/2011 21:28:32   Subject: Woodhead mines
Look forward to seeing your other pics.No we haven't been down any of the shafts. The open stope would seem the best place to have a look but we haven't been back to do it. Quite a bit further over,an
Topic: Woodhead mines
John Lawson

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 17/05/2011 22:11:37   Subject: Woodhead mines
A comprehensive survey of the mine is to be found in the bulletin of the PDMHS Vol 15 No 6 by messrs Picken,Hicks &
Cressey.
You can access it via their web site.
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Topic: Nenthead Mines donations
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/05/2011 21:35:07   Subject: Nenthead Mines donations
As you know Roy we always consider you to be an exception but even you will admit in the early days of your mine exploration you were often accompanied by the little woman!
Once you learned the t
Topic: Nenthead Mines donations
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/05/2011 21:16:34   Subject: Nenthead Mines donations
You can as we have done, increase your membership fee by
taking out a family subscription.
Many of our browsers may not be aware that the gates were installed by an enlightened Cumbria Count
Topic: History of Swaledale mine Exploration
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 21/04/2011 21:39:40   Subject: History of Swaledale mine Exploration
Hi Roy

Thanks for the invite unfortunately we have another appointment elsewhere this weekend though no doubt we will meet up again sometime in the future.
My idea here is to start fle
Topic: History of Swaledale mine Exploration
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/04/2011 21:52:39   Subject: History of Swaledale mine Exploration
I thought that contributors might be interested in what little I know about the history of mine exploration in Swaledale/Arkengarthdale and I hope others will contribute to fill in the gaps in the thr
Topic: British Mining Monograph 91
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 06/04/2011 20:46:53   Subject: British Mining Monograph 91
[quote="RJV"]Which reminds me that I still haven't renewed my subscription this year...

Think Ian Tyler has a book due out covering similar ground which might pay greater regard to the unde
Topic: British Mining Monograph 91
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 05/04/2011 22:27:27   Subject: British Mining Monograph 91
I have just received my members copy of this book.The authors have completed a fantastic job in covering a wide geographic area and listing both the history and lay out of the major sites. Adits are g
Topic: SFO arrests five in Welsh mining probe
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 17/03/2011 19:41:05   Subject: SFO arrests five in Welsh mining probe
Since Scotland is producing more coal than ever from opencast activity I would suggest it could also be related to an opencast.
If my memory sereves me correctly I think ther
Topic: Smallcleugh
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/03/2011 21:37:36   Subject: Smallcleugh
It is also pretty clear from Wallace's writings and others that the miners followed small leads or strings as they intersected the Main flats and depending on their richness or otherwise these were op
Topic: Smallcleugh
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 01/03/2011 22:24:51   Subject: Smallcleugh
All the sumps on the main horse level are taken from the various abandonment plans.Very few of the flats are named as Robert said the earliest detailed plan we have is the one put on by Sparty Lea whi
Topic: Opinions please, mine type.
John Lawson

Forum: Site Updates, Suggestions & Corrections   Posted: 16/02/2011 20:39:18   Subject: Opinions please, mine type.
Roy nearly all metaliferous mines contain lots of different metals. If we take Smallcleugh as an example it started as a lead mine and finished it's life around 1920 as a zinc mine-albeit much of the
Topic: Swaledale Festival 2011
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 15/02/2011 20:54:45   Subject: Swaledale Festival 2011
Old Rake Vein involves crawling in water so you certainly are up to your neck in it!
Friarfold Vein in Bunton level is somewhat similar!
These are the ones I know about and I would hazard a
Topic: Smallcleugh Mine Underground Photos
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/02/2011 19:19:54   Subject: Smallcleugh Mine Underground Photos
I really appreciate the comments mine explorers have made in reply to my posting.
I think that in a large underground area like Smallcleugh, (it really is both a mine and a drawing level),the pho
Topic: Smallcleugh Mine Underground Photos
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 10/02/2011 21:26:00   Subject: Smallcleugh Mine Underground Photos
As someone who has been exploring this mine for a long time I have been impressed both with the quality and
quantity of photos that have been posted on the site -it is very creditable.
Howe
Topic: Allenheads BSC Mine
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 22/01/2011 21:05:35   Subject: Allenheads BSC Mine
Pete most of the P.D.M.H.S. Members of that time were taking photos of what was going on.
The following members should have these,although I am not sure about their wherabouts.
Bob Guthrie a
Topic: Smallcleugh Mine 1972
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 22/01/2011 18:09:07   Subject: Smallcleugh Mine 1972
[quote="RJV"][quote="John Lawson"]This photograph was taken... after the second known descent of Prouds Sump[/quote]

There's a plan in the Smallcleugh folder dated 1970 with detail that sug
Topic: Smallcleugh Mine 1972
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 22/01/2011 09:08:41   Subject: Smallcleugh Mine 1972
This photograph was taken by Harry Parker after the second known descent of Prouds Sump.Sitting is the late Eric Richardson miner of Nenthead. Talking to him is Bob Guthrie,and to his right,recovering
Topic: Smallcleugh Mine 1972
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 21/01/2011 20:58:40   Subject: Smallcleugh Mine 1972
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Topic: Mine exploration at Nenthead
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 20/01/2011 21:09:54   Subject: Mine exploration at Nenthead
Hi Addie
Yes it is me of the fire ladder fame! I trust you have seen my posting correcting your memory errors on the names of the explorers on that photograph?
You will also remember it was
Topic: Mine exploration at Nenthead
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 20/01/2011 20:41:01   Subject: Mine exploration at Nenthead
It is 8 years since I was last in Hardshins Vein hence the posting.On that occasion acess to the flat had been made difficult since the almost complete Hopperway/man way seen and used for entry on the
Topic: Mine exploration at Nenthead
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 18/01/2011 20:55:37   Subject: Mine exploration at Nenthead
Hi Roy
thanks for the welcome I am not sure we will run a Scaleburn united again ,although as you know that project was not completed -the oxygen level was certainly too low to be healthy!
Topic: Mine exploration at Nenthead
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 18/01/2011 20:51:00   Subject: Mine exploration at Nenthead
Hi Mike my section of the Rampgill Shaft V.M.Z. 11/1908, Jackson plan No.9 does not show the BHL on it. I took the difference from the Datum of their respective entrances .
This sump near Hardshi
Topic: Mine exploration at Nenthead
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 17/01/2011 20:10:38   Subject: Mine exploration at Nenthead
Since I had a lots of responses to my posting, I thought over the snowy period I would have a look myself!
The snow was around 10 cm.deep and the sky looked if it drop some more but we persevered
Topic: Electon ladder - strength
John Lawson

Forum: SRT Equipment & Training   Posted: 14/01/2011 21:04:48   Subject: Electon ladder - strength
As all contributors have correctly stated you Must not use one without being life lined.
When electrons began to be used underground it was suggested that every 2 years they should be immersed in
Topic: 1979 (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 11/01/2011 21:22:04   Subject: 1979 (photo)
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Photograph:
this photograph says that Dave Sargeant was present on the Fire Brigrade photo in fact the fourth member present was the late John
Topic: Swaledale Mines & the Database.
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 11/01/2011 21:02:39   Subject: Swaledale Mines & the Database.
The data base should be indexed by the individual names of the mines.
The Old Gang mines was in fact a mining company working a distinct area .The A.D. Company mined a different area.
Eventu
Topic: Industrial Archaeology literature query
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 08/01/2011 19:52:11   Subject: Industrial Archaeology literature query
The paper by Messrs Cessey,Picken & Hicks on the silver Rig.Pibble and Woodhead metal mines,Galloway Scotland.

bulletin of Peak District Mines Historical Society Vol 15 No 6 winter 2004 p
Topic: Wanlockhead and Leadhills Smelters etc
John Lawson

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 08/01/2011 19:30:47   Subject: Wanlockhead and Leadhills Smelters etc
As far as I know the large smelter at Wanlockhead is called the Meadowfoot Smelter.
Topic: Mine exploration at Nenthead
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 22/12/2010 20:17:38   Subject: Mine exploration at Nenthead
Many mine explorers think that there is no new ground to explore in this area but there are several potential digs which should yield.The most obvious being the right hand branch of Rampgill Vein-when
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