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Topic: Responsible Exploration / sensitive sites.
John Lawson

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 11/04/2019 20:56:46   Subject: Responsible Exploration / sensitive sites.
I think we all have to be extremely careful what we upload.
Information is everything!
Unfortunately there have always been people who are casually interested in going underground.
Howe
Topic: Sir Francis Level
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 28/03/2019 20:50:59   Subject: Sir Francis Level
In my opinion the landowner has a lot to loose and nothing to gain by allowing groups of people to carry out digging on their land.
If you look at it logically, if an accident occurs, then the la
Topic: Proposal to revive Cumbrian coal mining
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 20/03/2019 20:01:42   Subject: Proposal to revive Cumbrian coal mining
Apparently 500 jobs would be created, evidence suggests that the locals are looking on the project favourably.
Since 1500 have already made application for these posts!
Naturally the green l
Topic: Mandale Mine - Lathkill Dale
John Lawson

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 18/03/2019 21:36:29   Subject: Mandale Mine - Lathkill Dale
Hi Peter,
As you may know I started my Mine exploration in Derbyshire, hence I am a great believer in the area and the openness of access that used to be found across here.
I am a great admi
Topic: Beldi Hill Lead Mine (mine)
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 13/03/2019 19:54:13   Subject: Beldi Hill Lead Mine (mine)
Hi,
Regarding Landry level, it is pretty wet, when we went I. It was about waiste deep!
Goes pretty well straight until it hits the workings, which consists of a lavish stope and the passage
Topic: Beldy Level Garrigill
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 09/03/2019 21:07:19   Subject: Beldy Level Garrigill
Hi Jim, I am surprised that you gave away your copy of KCD. If you look at Moore’s Books I think you might be able to obtain another at a Modest cost?
Topic: New film of Brewery Shaft, Nenthead
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 09/03/2019 21:04:07   Subject: New film of Brewery Shaft, Nenthead
One of the best I have seen, on this topic.
A nice blend of historical and factual, information, and not too long!
I guess Mr. Jackson acted as advisor?
Topic: zinc mine
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 08/03/2019 21:07:58   Subject: zinc mine
Hi Dean, as I understand it Minco’s original aim was to prove mineralisation in the Melmerby Scar Limestone, which is one of the thickest of the Carboniferous limestone series.
Unfortunately they
Topic: Beldy Level Garrigill
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 08/03/2019 17:35:59   Subject: Beldy Level Garrigill
Hi Peter,
I wondered what information you had in your Nenthead archive?
Thanks for posting it up, it would be nice if you are in a position to post up this picture?
Topic: Beldy Level Garrigill
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 08/03/2019 16:34:43   Subject: Beldy Level Garrigill
Hi Jim,
A little it more information on the level at Garrigill.
According to the large Greenwich Hospital estate, plan, part of which I have a copy of, my plan, 52c, the level is described
Topic: Beldy Level Garrigill
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 07/03/2019 19:08:10   Subject: Beldy Level Garrigill
Hi Jim, sorry not had time yet to look for the McNeil plan,
I only went into the bottom adit, on two separate occasions.
As a result of the work we did in there it was decided to dig out Whi
Topic: Beldy Level Garrigill
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 07/03/2019 19:08:07   Subject: Beldy Level Garrigill
Hi Jim, sorry not had time yet to look for the McNeil plan,
I only went into the bottom adit, on two separate occasions.
As a result of the work we did in there it was decided to dig out Whi
Topic: Beldy Level Garrigill
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 06/03/2019 22:00:36   Subject: Beldy Level Garrigill
Hi Jim,
We carried out a lot of work in this low level! At the time the Johnstone’s were going to open a cafe and use the mine as a visitor attraction.
I think I have a plan of the mine, dra
Topic: Not a Plack the Richer - Argyll's Mining Story
John Lawson

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 04/03/2019 20:01:37   Subject: Not a Plack the Richer - Argyll's Mining Story
Hi Martin,
Thanks for flagging this book up.
I have just received a copy.
It is quite interesting and in part seems to home in on the Silica Mine at Lochaline.
Topic: "The Bargain men" Gunnerside
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 21/02/2019 20:36:15   Subject: The Bargain Men of Gunnerside
Hi Chris,
Maybe the average punter watching this film in the Seventies did not see the problems, but that is what ‘the expert ‘ was presumably paid money to avoid?
I am just an interested p
Topic: "The Bargain men" Gunnerside
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 21/02/2019 09:10:34   Subject: Barga Men of Gunnerside
Hi Chris,
Had notrealised that Bernard Jennings was the consultant to this particular film!
However that said it makes my comments even more pertinent!
As you are aware, on pages 196=19
Topic: "The Bargain men" Gunnerside
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/02/2019 20:50:27   Subject: Bargain Men of Gunnerside
Hi an interesting film, pity they ran pictures of mines which were North of England ones, but not of this area, as if they were!
I would have hoped that having featured on Sir George Denys, they
Topic: Dowgang Burn Coal Mine (mid/late 1980s) (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 11/02/2019 19:51:35   Subject: Dowgang Burn Coal Mine (mid/late 1980s) (photo)
Hi Jim,
We spent sometime, looking around the Dowgang vein complex. Peter J had provided me with a copy( exchanged for others whic I had of the abandonment plan) so we did a fair bit on that sid
Topic: Smallcleugh (1990 perhaps)) (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 11/02/2019 19:44:07   Subject: Smallcleugh (1990 perhaps)) (photo)
Hi Jim & Barney,
Just returned from the U.S.A. Where the last posting was placed!
Hence sometimes,things go astray!
The pose of the first guy is typical of Mike Luff hence my identifica
Topic: Smallcleugh (1990 perhaps)) (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 08/02/2019 03:34:41   Subject: Smallcleugh (1990 perhaps)) (photo)
Hi Jim, Pretty sure that the guy, in front is Mike Luff, and the guy standing,behind his son is David Politt.
Regards, John

Photograph:

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Topic: Smallcleugh (1990 perhaps)) (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 08/02/2019 03:34:19   Subject: Smallcleugh (1990 perhaps)) (photo)
Hi Jim, Pretty sure that the guy, in front is Mike Luff, and the guy standing,behind his son is David Politt.
Regards, John

Photograph:

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Topic: Retirement Sale - Stenlight S7 stuff.
John Lawson

Forum: For Sale! (and wanted / for swap)   Posted: 06/02/2019 01:11:29   Subject: Retirement Sale - Stenlight S7 stuff.
Hi Ian,
I hope that with the potential sale of all this gear, it does not mean that you are retiring from Underground mining?
Topic: Cwmorthin Video
John Lawson

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 27/01/2019 20:23:01   Subject: Cwmorthin Video
Hi Paul,
First time I have watched a slate mine video, well done it was very impressive.
I think it would be helpful, if you might add a bit of descriptive text to say what was what, as I ha
Topic: Construction Phase of 'Woodsmith Mine' Launched by Sirius Minerals
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 24/01/2019 21:12:02   Subject: Construction Phase of 'Woodsmith Mine' Launched by Sirius Minerals
I think we will see a diminution of the progress it’s this mine in the near future!
The U.K. Government have committed to agreeing to underwrite the loans this company needs and is said to be hav
Topic: Caban- Oakeley and Votty magazine
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 10/01/2019 20:05:11   Subject: Caban- Oakeley and Votty magazine
Had a glance at these magazines, and it was like looking directly into my past life!
Miners with cloth caps, no doubt, clogs and the usual working man’s gear for work,during the time I was growin
Topic: Waterfall Stope
John Lawson

Forum: Mid Wales   Posted: 03/01/2019 20:06:00   Subject: Waterfall Stope
Well done Roy,
At our time of life you have definitely shown the youngsters, how to make these breakthroughs, just keep them coming.
Have a good new Year in there!
Topic: Gwynedd Archives
John Lawson

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 28/12/2018 20:52:38   Subject: Gwynedd Archives
Hi Guys,
Never visited this particular CRO, but I can speak, from experience of using other CRO’s.
Fundamentally, we are always at the back of the queue when it comes to being treated by the
Topic: Gwynedd Archives
John Lawson

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 28/12/2018 20:52:37   Subject: Gwynedd Archives
Hi Guys,
Never visited this particular CRO, but I can speak, from experience of using other CRO’s.
Fundamentally, we are always at the back of the queue when it comes to being treated by the
Topic: MInes Historical Trust for Ireland
John Lawson

Forum: Northern Ireland   Posted: 24/12/2018 20:02:43   Subject: MInes Historical Trust for Ireland
Hi have received news from Mathew Parkes, that due to a lack of Irish members, not willing to participate in this important Irish Mining Group, he is proposing to wind the Society up.
Those parti
Topic: Number of working underground mines in the UK
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 22/12/2018 21:24:05   Subject: Number of working underground mines in the UK
Hi Blober,
Do you reckon there is that much mineral, in the U.K.?
Topic: Number of working underground mines in the UK
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 22/12/2018 21:15:14   Subject: Number of working underground mines in the UK
Hi Simon.
I am surprised that you think that there should be more ‘traditional ‘ mines rather than quarries or open pit mines!
In my opinion the only thing that prevents open pit mines in th
Topic: Hidden Wales: Cwmystwyth
John Lawson

Forum: Mid Wales   Posted: 03/12/2018 21:39:09   Subject: Hidden Wales: Cwmystwyth
Hi Roy,
Good to see your performance on T.V. a star at last!
I personally was pleased to see that you did not explain the words cross cut etc, and also it was good that you clearly placed t
Topic: Nenthead Mill (mine)
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 28/11/2018 19:22:12   Subject: Nenthead Mill (mine)
One would have hoped that those partying, in the Ballroom could at least remove the rubbish they had left there!
Well done to those people who cleared up after them.
Topic: Strontian Lead Mines
John Lawson

Forum: For Sale! (and wanted / for swap)   Posted: 18/11/2018 20:43:07   Subject: Strontian Lead Mines
Members who read my blogs, will remember I outlined the fact, that Dr Moreton was in fact writing this excellent monograph.
Worth reading!
Topic: Grove Rake PDHMS meet 1989 (probably) (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 13/11/2018 20:42:14   Subject: Grove Rake PDHMS meet 1989 (probably) (photo)
Hi This is almost certainly the famous marcasite vugh!
To those of you who are not aware, Marcasite is similar in Chemical formulae to the more we’ll known Iron Pyrites.
The main difference
Topic: Remedial works on Garrigill Burn
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 06/11/2018 19:50:27   Subject: Remedial works on Garrigill Burn
Hi Peter,
Thanks for the info, had a look through the coal board’s submission to Eden District council, and they mention the fact that a few years ago a sizeable amount of the tip went down the b
Topic: Remedial works on Garrigill Burn
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 05/11/2018 19:43:22   Subject: Remedial works on Garrigill Burn
I personally think the hidden agenda, here, is what if there is a lot of rainfall, and somehow the outlet becomes blocked and hence builds, up water behind into an artificial lake, which subsequently
Topic: Remedial works on Garrigill Burn
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 04/11/2018 21:44:37   Subject: Remedial works on Garrigill Burn
I do not think anyone has posted anything about this yet?
If they have then I stand corrected.
We were passing the bridge on the Alston Middleton road over the Garrigill Burn, today.
We
Topic: Rampgill Firestone level - calendar caption query
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 02/11/2018 20:59:47   Subject: Rampgill Firestone level - calendar caption query
Vanoord,
It seems to do the job exactly!
Topic: Nenthead Mill
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 31/10/2018 19:39:16   Subject: Nenthead Mill
Hi Helen,
Thanks for posting up the Mill’s demolition photos.
I am glad that someone recorded it for posterity!
As I understand it, the mill was partially prefabricated In presumably, G
Topic: Rampgill Firestone level - calendar caption query
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 28/10/2018 20:59:43   Subject: Rampgill Firestone level - calendar caption query
I would add that this mine closed in 1920, with the closure of the ‘main Nenthead mines’. Which in turn was due to the removal of the wartime subsidy on raising lead & Zinc ores.
It was used to w
Topic: Nenthead Mill
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 28/10/2018 20:51:44   Subject: Nenthead Mill
Hi,
Just passed through Nenthead today, and observed that the building which housed the Krupp dressing mill, until it’s take over during the war when a floatation plant was installed has been com
Topic: Roaring Spring entrance (about 1990) (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 25/10/2018 21:23:21   Subject: Roaring Spring entrance (about 1990) (photo)
Hi Jim realise that I made a typo error.
It should read John Stott.
Thanks, John
Topic: Roaring Spring entrance (about 1990) (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 25/10/2018 19:44:13   Subject: Roaring Spring entrance (about 1990) (photo)
hi Jim, not visited this site, but as you stated clearly a P.D.M.H.S. meet, reason I am stating this the one person’s face I recognise is John Scott.
He used to be P.D.M.S ‘s Magpie warden , for
Topic: Bat rabies
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 19/10/2018 20:19:15   Subject: Bat rabies
My guess is unless you are going out of your way to ‘touch’these creatures, the chances of you getting bitten, are pretty low!
I think that the Scottish case which unfortunately resulted in a guy
Topic: Hemerdon
John Lawson

Forum: South West England   Posted: 11/10/2018 20:55:23   Subject: Hemerdon
As I understand it they have had problems producing a good concentrate, their feed(I am told is too clayey), and this is stoping them achieving good pay dirt.
Will be interesting to see if any ot
Topic: Creetown quarry (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 08/10/2018 19:30:50   Subject: Creetown quarry (photo)
Only thing I would add here is that the Quarry at Creetown is a ‘Granite Quarry ‘ and looking at the photo it would appear that the masons are looking at potential gravestones.
At the present tim
Topic: Tyndrum Lead Mine (mine)
John Lawson

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 23/09/2018 18:18:48   Subject: Tyndrum Lead Mine (mine)
The best, most recent account of these mins is the British Mining, memoir, volume 99, by Dr Stephen Moreton.
He is currently working on a similar volume on the mines of Strontian, hopefully it wi
Topic: Li thium Ion Battery digest
John Lawson

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 22/09/2018 22:07:12   Subject: Li thium Ion Battery digest
Thanks for the posting to the article!
The results confirm my worst fears, do not let a Lithium ion cell discharge to nothing!
Or else the consequences, might be illuminating!
Topic: Advice for newbies and beginners...
John Lawson

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 18/09/2018 19:44:27   Subject: Advice for newbies and beginners...
Good for you guys removing these used T lights.
It seems to be some sort of fad!
We first met with some in Smallcleugh, many years ago!
Basically the way to the North End flats, was lit
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