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Posts by Peter Burgess

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Topic: Development of spades - a question
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 28/02/2020 16:20:48   Subject: Development of spades - a question
Thanks for this AR - every little helps as they say. I haven't followed anything up at this end yet!
Topic: Hang out in Cornwall?
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 27/02/2020 07:13:58   Subject: Hang out in Cornwall?
If you were asking about anywhere else, you would be signed up with three clubs and be Treasurer of at least one by now, as well as starting a couple of new digs. :o
Topic: Hang out in Cornwall?
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 26/02/2020 11:54:15   Subject: Hang out in Cornwall?
Friendly bunch, the Cornish :lol::lol: ;)
Topic: Development of spades - a question
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 22/02/2020 18:11:08   Subject: Development of spades - a question
I'll pose the query another way:

On Friday I saw this item in the Museum of London, labelled as being found in a medieval context.

https://collections.museumoflondon.org.uk/onli
Topic: Development of spades - a question
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 22/02/2020 18:06:03   Subject: Development of spades - a question
[quote="caver1"]I heard of this via the telly, I think it was Alan Titchmarsh doing a bit on Coast about coastal potato fields on Irelands West coast. This would imply a post Walter Raleigh age for th
Topic: Development of spades - a question
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 22/02/2020 00:00:55   Subject: Development of spades - a question
I knew it might be a mistake to explain why I am curious. Take it from me, if there is a cut off date after which it would be highly unlikely for such a tool to be used it would be quite revealing.
Topic: Development of spades - a question
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 21/02/2020 22:41:01   Subject: Development of spades - a question
The issue I have is that a spade iron from the end of a wooden spade was found many years ago underground. If I can be confident about the most recent date it could originate from, this might be a VER
Topic: Development of spades - a question
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 21/02/2020 21:57:49   Subject: Development of spades - a question
I have a question for anybody familiar with the development of iron tools in general. Medieval spades on the whole, seem to have been wooden, with a spade iron fitted to the bottom of the blade to pro
Topic: Video Explore : Crawling Through The Shale : A Brownley Hill Adventure
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 18/02/2020 22:33:05   Subject: Video Explore : Crawling Through The Shale : A Brownley Hill Adventure
[quote="ttxela"]
Even the larger channels that do mine videos such as EWF could quite easily be dwarfed within days by say, a channel featuring an attractive young lady playing computer games in
Topic: South Wales Coalfield book query
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 01/02/2020 14:35:40   Subject: South Wales Coalfield book query
As it seems there is a copy safely preserved in a national collection I will see what I can do about adding some or maybe all of it here if admins are ok with it. I can only post a series of image fil
Topic: South Wales Coalfield book query
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 29/01/2020 23:48:59   Subject: South Wales Coalfield book query
Yes that is the one!
Topic: South Wales Coalfield book query
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 29/01/2020 18:20:59   Subject: South Wales Coalfield book query
Any doubts about the purpose of the book might be dispelled by reading the last bit of the introductory chapter.

[link]119842[linkphoto]119842[/linkphoto][/link]
Topic: South Wales Coalfield book query
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 29/01/2020 18:06:33   Subject: South Wales Coalfield book query
Two sample pages (obviously I will do the photos properly ;D ):

[link]119839[linkphoto]119839[/linkphoto][/link]

[link]119840[linkphoto]119840[/linkphoto][/link]

Topic: South Wales Coalfield book query
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 29/01/2020 17:38:06   Subject: South Wales Coalfield book query
OK good idea - it's at least foolscap page size! I may have to take photos instead.
Topic: South Wales Coalfield book query
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 29/01/2020 12:35:32   Subject: South Wales Coalfield book query
The general tone of the text suggests it is a regional mine owners' "propaganda" to counter the post WW1 narrative of nationalisation. The book turned up in our club cottage a while back and I took it
Topic: South Wales Coalfield book query
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 28/01/2020 23:17:29   Subject: South Wales Coalfield book query
It was most likely published in 1921.
Topic: South Wales Coalfield book query
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 28/01/2020 20:23:54   Subject: South Wales Coalfield book query
Currently in my care is a book in rather poor condition. I have little idea how well known it is and wondered if it is of any great historic value (not monetary). It has a rather fine selection of pho
Topic: Merry Christmas 2019
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 24/12/2019 11:27:12   Subject: Merry Christmas 2019
[quote="royfellows"]Happy Christmas from Roy. I live on my own so nothing seasonal really goes on here, but tomorrow, Christmas Day, looks good sunshine, so might just............

So why no
Topic: Fellows lamps forum.
Peter Burgess

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 18/12/2019 08:15:45   Subject: Fellows lamps forum.
I have published my experience of the Lynx X Basic (now evolved to the Lynx X Basic 2) here - https://darknessbelow.co.uk/shining-a-light-on-the-new-lynx-x-basic/
Topic: Epsomite at Nenthead?
Peter Burgess

Forum: North West England   Posted: 03/12/2019 18:25:24   Subject: Epsomite at Nenthead?
Thank you for everybody's help. The project is probably going ahead, and neutronix's posts are appreciated - passing on the word!
Topic: Epsomite at Nenthead?
Peter Burgess

Forum: North West England   Posted: 02/12/2019 21:52:00   Subject: Epsomite at Nenthead?
It's not my project, it's a fellow caver in the US - looking for prior work to back up an application for funding equipment to use in caves with cyclical formations of epsomite. Being able to cite oth
Topic: Epsomite at Nenthead?
Peter Burgess

Forum: North West England   Posted: 01/12/2019 20:39:01   Subject: Epsomite at Nenthead?
Thank Pete - this is the conclusion I am rapidly coming to, that little if any true research has been done on this mineral oddity.
Topic: Epsomite at Nenthead?
Peter Burgess

Forum: North West England   Posted: 01/12/2019 10:31:58   Subject: Epsomite at Nenthead?
From what I understand, the proposed US research is to study the cyclical nature of the mineral, growing for one period of the year and diminishing or disappearing at others, due to changes in humidit
Topic: Epsomite at Nenthead?
Peter Burgess

Forum: North West England   Posted: 01/12/2019 08:44:59   Subject: Epsomite at Nenthead?
Has there been any good research into the formation of these growths in old mines? i suspect it has had little attention.
Topic: Epsomite at Nenthead?
Peter Burgess

Forum: North West England   Posted: 30/11/2019 20:54:33   Subject: Epsomite at Nenthead?
Hello to all Nenthead regulars - I am looking for information on the possible occurrence of epsomite at Nenthead. I am asking on behalf of someone looking for published work on research into cyclical
Topic: Proposal to revive Cumbrian coal mining
Peter Burgess

Forum: North West England   Posted: 07/11/2019 20:25:22   Subject: Proposal to revive Cumbrian coal mining
This is a summary of what I found:

Smelt iron using electrolysis
An intriguing way of separating iron from its ore at MIT was reported in Scientific American 3 (May 2013) There was a
Topic: Proposal to revive Cumbrian coal mining
Peter Burgess

Forum: North West England   Posted: 07/11/2019 15:10:03   Subject: Proposal to revive Cumbrian coal mining
Yes that's the point, and the story prompted me to do some research, and it's a shame more people don't do the same, but prefer to stick to their chosen agenda, whatever that might be.
Topic: Proposal to revive Cumbrian coal mining
Peter Burgess

Forum: North West England   Posted: 07/11/2019 09:43:41   Subject: Proposal to revive Cumbrian coal mining
When I heard the coal was to be used for coking and steel production, but there were still objections about the mine contributing to carbon dioxide emissions, I wondered whether there was any way to e
Topic: Staying near Wells - any recommendations for mine trips?
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 15/10/2019 12:05:15   Subject: Staying near Wells - any recommendations for mine trips?
Compton Martin Ochre Mine
"Singing River" Mine, Shipham
Axbridge Ochre Mine
Surface lead works at Charterhouse
Surface lead works at Priddy
Sandford Hill mine workings
Topic: NAMHO Conference 2018
Peter Burgess

Forum: Events   Posted: 29/08/2019 07:48:53   Subject: NAMHO Conference 2018
Top left of this discussion - "New Topic". Click it.
Topic: Miles of rare gold have been discovered
Peter Burgess

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 08/08/2019 08:40:07   Subject: Miles of rare gold have been discovered
If there is so much of it then its not rare.
Topic: Southwest copper and tin
Peter Burgess

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 07/08/2019 09:52:13   Subject: Southwest copper and tin
Another alternative for obtaining metallic copper might be the electrolytic route, and again you would probably need oxides and carbonates, together with some acid and old iron - no idea how efficient
Topic: Southwest copper and tin
Peter Burgess

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 07/08/2019 09:48:43   Subject: Southwest copper and tin
I heard the early copper mining talks at NAMHO this year, and there is a reason Bronze age (and later) miners didn't go much below the "gossan" in search for ore. They used the easily spotted green ca
Topic: NAMHO 2019 Conference report
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 01/08/2019 10:36:33   Subject: NAMHO 2019 Conference report
https://darknessbelow.co.uk/namho-2019-mid-wales-a-programme-of-excellence/

Well done Roy for managing a really good event, and thanks to all those who helped to make it work so well.
Topic: Ambrose Hole
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 31/07/2019 08:46:58   Subject: Ambrose Hole
If you pop over to the Isle of Wight you might like the Needles Battery, but it's not one that will get your electric bikes recharged.
Topic: Ambrose Hole
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 31/07/2019 08:44:45   Subject: Ambrose Hole
There is a reason why the NAMHO conference hasn't yet been held in the New Forest.
Topic: Calamine Mining in the 16thC
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 26/07/2019 20:13:32   Subject: Calamine Mining in the 16thC
This paper is quite detailed. http://www.brassmill.com/linked/2003_09_-_history_of_calamine_mining_on_mendip.pdf

As for "preserved" workings, there is "Singing River Mine" in Shipham, and m
Topic: Calamine Mining in the 16thC
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 26/07/2019 10:04:14   Subject: Calamine Mining in the 16thC
Shipham, I believe, was the centre of the calamine mining activity in Somerset. Alan Gray may be the person to contact initially.
Topic: NAMHO Conference 2019
Peter Burgess

Forum: Events   Posted: 09/07/2019 14:00:02   Subject: NAMHO Conference 2019
[quote="ttxela"]I got back late last night after a fairly relaxed drive home and a pub meal.

Another excellent conference - never been to one I didn't enjoy.

Many thanks to all i
Topic: NAMHO Conference 2019
Peter Burgess

Forum: Events   Posted: 09/07/2019 13:48:22   Subject: NAMHO Conference 2019
The post was pretty old, probably post medieval.
Topic: NAMHO Conference 2019
Peter Burgess

Forum: Events   Posted: 09/07/2019 11:44:49   Subject: NAMHO Conference 2019
[quote="AR"]Apologies for my non-appearance on Sunday, this was due to having had a wisdom tooth out earlier in the week then got an infection. I went back to the dental hospital yesterday and they've
Topic: NAMHO Conference 2019
Peter Burgess

Forum: Events   Posted: 02/07/2019 17:06:21   Subject: NAMHO Conference 2019
Would that be a SatNav with Roy Fellows voice? :lol:
Topic: Video : A Dangerous Shale Reccie In The Old Dragon Mine : Abandoned Mine Explore #28
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 30/06/2019 19:54:20   Subject: Video : A Dangerous Shale Reccie In The Old Dragon Mine : Abandoned Mine Explore #28
I thought I should watch this right through, and give an opinion based on content rather than title and perception. I am a massive non-fan of GoPro videos. They don't make for good viewing and at time
Topic: Fellows lamps forum.
Peter Burgess

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 24/06/2019 09:56:13   Subject: Fellows lamps forum.
Slacker ! :lol:
Topic: NAMHO Conference 2019
Peter Burgess

Forum: Events   Posted: 19/06/2019 18:27:46   Subject: NAMHO Conference 2019
This one has walls!
Topic: NAMHO Conference 2019
Peter Burgess

Forum: Events   Posted: 06/06/2019 10:04:22   Subject: NAMHO Conference 2019
Thanks Roy - I am now ready for a great weekend!
Topic: Exploring Coal Mines - Gas?
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 05/06/2019 13:04:03   Subject: Exploring Coal Mines - Gas?
With all those sulphurous minerals they may simply be closer to Hell.
Topic: Exploring Coal Mines - Gas?
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/06/2019 10:48:35   Subject: Exploring Coal Mines - Gas?
I know this topic is a request for stories, but there is a fair bit of advice popping up understandably. Maybe the advice should be, if in the first place you need to ask what the risks are and what t
Topic: Exploring Coal Mines - Gas?
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/06/2019 18:34:21   Subject: Exploring Coal Mines - Gas?
No real anecdotes in coal mines, only one interesting experience in an iron mine at Coalbrookdale many moons ago. Clearly the lack of oxygen, as it was I think, affected a colleague's mind. He was usi
Topic: Nenthead mines - collapse
Peter Burgess

Forum: North West England   Posted: 26/04/2019 10:00:31   Subject: Nenthead mines - collapse
That's not good news - the condition of all mine-workings is on an inevitable path of decline and the best we can do is to delay the inevitable by making routes as safe as we can, and being aware of a
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