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Posts by Peter Burgess

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Topic: Talks at the conference
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 02/08/2011 18:33:37   Subject: Talks at the conference
The firesetting presentation was a good 'un. The local tikes tried firesetting in Godstone in the 1950s - setting fire to a pile of old tyres. There is plenty of soot there to sample!
Topic: Talks at the conference
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 02/08/2011 15:16:26   Subject: Talks at the conference
[quote="BertyBasset"]Any plans to video/youtube the lectures ?[/quote]
There was no recording done. Proceedings might be published. My presentation was a self-running PowerPoint A/V: so it had a
Topic: Talks at the conference
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 02/08/2011 10:05:26   Subject: Talks at the conference
[quote="ICLOK"]Peter, Sorry I missed you... would have been nice to put a face to the name. :([/quote]

Perhaps we need a facewall?

http://www.swcc.org.uk/members/facewall.php
Topic: Talks at the conference
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 02/08/2011 09:02:03   Subject: Talks at the conference
I want to go again and hear all the other lectures which I missed!
Topic: Radon and mine exploration.
Peter Burgess

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 29/07/2011 09:59:02   Subject: Radon and mine exploration.
I get a page not found error.
Topic: Surveyor's Marks in adits
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/07/2011 21:47:34   Subject: Surveyor's Marks in adits
There are some of these in the Godstone quarries. The surveying of these workings was done ca 1914 to plot the extent of the mushroom farm.
Topic: Wheal Concord
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 03/07/2011 19:33:49   Subject: Wheal Concord
The Mary Rose seems to have survived being lifted by a crane (just!)

What matters more is how it is done, not necessarily what machinery is used to do it. :)
Topic: Coal Consumption: 80" Phoenix United Engine
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 23/06/2011 21:06:13   Subject: Coal Consumption: 80
Are you sure that coal wasn't also needed to fuel other machinery at the mine as well as the pumping engine? If so, how significant might that have been?
Topic: Reigate Caves July 9th 2011 Open Day
Peter Burgess

Forum: Events   Posted: 20/06/2011 14:38:20   Subject: Reigate Caves July 9th 2011 Open Day
Public open day run by Wealden Cave and Mine Society.

A chance to wander around the sand mines in the centre of Reigate, and the medieval vault under Reigate Castle.

See the lin
Topic: Kent Coal photos
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 20/06/2011 08:40:54   Subject: Kent Coal photos
I would be interested in stories from the Kent collieries! Whenever we went for a seaside holiday in Thanet in the early 1960s, the train always stopped at Chislet Colliery, which I always found an in
Topic: Anyone have any experience of this lamp?
Peter Burgess

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 19/06/2011 18:46:22   Subject: Anyone have any experience of this lamp?
"A Japanese method of serving various types of noodles..."

Are you not keen on noodles, then? :confused:
Topic: Kent Coal photos
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 17/06/2011 08:05:54   Subject: Kent Coal photos
[photo]Snowdown-Coal-Colliery-Archive-Album-Image-63387[/photo]

At last - some good photos of the Kent coal mines. Thanks for posting these - excellent!


Topic: New event added 'Charity Ghost Hunt at Apedale Mining Museum' on 10/09/2011 at 21:00
Peter Burgess

Forum: Events   Posted: 15/06/2011 22:20:11   Subject: New event added 'Charity Ghost Hunt at Apedale Mining Museum' on 10/09/2011 at 21:00
http://www.southernparanormal.com/reports/reigate.html

Nuff said!
Topic: Filming Opportunity- HELP AND ADVICE WANTED!!
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 13/06/2011 21:05:04   Subject: Filming Opportunity- HELP AND ADVICE WANTED!!
[quote="ttxela"]Yes, its the large chasm bit that will cause the difficulty, if you can restrict yourself to smaller passages you can get better results with more basic equipment I reckon.[/quote]I ma
Topic: Wildlife in mines..
Peter Burgess

Forum: North East England   Posted: 13/06/2011 09:07:41   Subject: Wildlife in mines..
I can't see a real problem with dogs in mines, depending on circumstances, of course. Some humans I am more wary of. Those that nick stuff and scribble their names on the walls. Dogs don't do that!
Topic: Shropshire caving and Mining Club 50th Anniversery
Peter Burgess

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 12/06/2011 12:08:20   Subject: Shropshire caving and Mining Club 50th Anniversery
[quote="Moorebooks"]
Its 50 years since the Club was officialy formed the founder members were a lose set of individuals who visited mines and caves in the late 50s but as time went on they deice
Topic: Mining Conference 2011 Vacancies
Peter Burgess

Forum: Events   Posted: 10/06/2011 14:32:46   Subject: Mining Conference 2011 Vacancies
You gave me one! I still haven't got it translated though. :(

And anyway, all the books they are really interested in they had already bought direct from the author..... :smartass:
Topic: Mining Conference 2011 Vacancies
Peter Burgess

Forum: Events   Posted: 09/06/2011 21:37:47   Subject: Mining Conference 2011 Vacancies
So far we reckon there will be 9 or 10 of us there. Not quite as many as last year as I seem to recall thinking we could have fielded a full soccer team. Though I don't think we would have been much g
Topic: Mining Conference 2011 Vacancies
Peter Burgess

Forum: Events   Posted: 08/06/2011 22:47:16   Subject: Mining Conference 2011 Vacancies
Good grief, you make us sound like the Eldon!!
Topic: South Wales - Penallta Pit - James Jarche
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 08/06/2011 09:51:34   Subject: South Wales - Penallta Pit - James Jarche
If you look closely at the last image you will see the caption says it was from 1936. The description of the image containing a cameo of the king, Edward VIII, confirms this. I can see that this photo
Topic: Wildlife in mines..
Peter Burgess

Forum: North East England   Posted: 07/06/2011 23:44:42   Subject: Wildlife in mines..
[quote="Gavin"]The time to start worrying is when the wild life has got teeth and can move faster than you.!!


GAVIN :thumbsup:[/quote]

If the Godstone worms ge
Topic: Wildlife in mines..
Peter Burgess

Forum: North East England   Posted: 07/06/2011 23:33:38   Subject: Wildlife in mines..
Godstone Main Series has a resident population of probably millions of earthworms which have been happily digesting and redigesting over and over again the same lot of mushroom compost since the 1930s
Topic: Tony Jarratt visits Doe Lea drift
Peter Burgess

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 05/06/2011 21:39:34   Subject: Tony Jarratt visits Doe Lea drift
Photograph:

[link]Doe-Lea-Coal-Mine-Archive-Album-Image-57474[linkphoto]Doe-Lea-Coal-Mine-Archive-Album-Image-57474[/linkphoto][/link]

A trip by Tony Jarratt in 1991 to Doe Lea i
Topic: Latest South Crofty News
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 02/06/2011 08:36:16   Subject: Latest South Crofty News
Thank God Kew Bridge museum is in the right hands!
Topic: Rail bending device (photo)
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 01/06/2011 09:33:32   Subject: Rail bending device (photo)
Known as "nicked" in Surrey on account of it not being there any more. >:(
Topic: Information Needed
Peter Burgess

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 01/06/2011 00:29:52   Subject: Information Needed
I think there have only ever been two gypsum mines in Sussex, and Brightling didn't open until the 1960s, so it will be Mountfield we are talking about.
Topic: leats
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 26/05/2011 22:26:41   Subject: leats
I would have thought it would be the river authority who would take more interest in what you want to do.
Topic: Latest South Crofty News
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 26/05/2011 10:36:39   Subject: Latest South Crofty News
"Of major importance to the site and a key visitor attraction will be the ‘Play Experience’. This feature will allow children to work together, channelling their energies to achieve real results. Acti
Topic: Can you do this with your tap water?
Peter Burgess

Forum: North America   Posted: 25/05/2011 21:50:56   Subject: Can you do this with your tap water?
Just think of the roadworks that would be saved if water and gas came down the same pipe. If they could add electricity and cable telly as well .......
Topic: Mine descriptions - a thought
Peter Burgess

Forum: Site Updates, Suggestions & Corrections   Posted: 20/05/2011 11:05:14   Subject: Mine descriptions - a thought
I don't want to make more work for you Simon, but is it an easy job to put some kind of flag into the regional mines lists, or any kind of mines search list, that instantly tells you that a descriptio
Topic: Hallenbeagle Mine Scorrier Cornwall
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 18/05/2011 15:58:42   Subject: Hallenbeagle Mine Scorrier Cornwall
Stiffy - there is a Private Message option on the left side of every post which sends a message to the author of that post.
Topic: Shafts and Bat Access.
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 15/05/2011 19:21:03   Subject: Shafts and Bat Access.
I know of two sites in the South East where bats have gained entry to old workings via shafts made the size of a 40 gallon drum. Thats little more than 2 ft I think. The shafts, however, are no more t
Topic: Photographic records
Peter Burgess

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 14/05/2011 20:14:41   Subject: Photographic records
I have visited the Burtersett quarries. I have a little book about them somewhere.
Topic: Miner's graffiti - dates
Peter Burgess

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 13/05/2011 19:46:25   Subject: Miner's graffiti - dates
I've heard there is some 17th century tourist graffiti in Poole's Cavern. Does anybody know of this? What date is it?

Thanks.
Topic: Miner's graffiti - dates
Peter Burgess

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 13/05/2011 13:33:27   Subject: Miner's graffiti - dates
As you know, we have roman numerals in one or two places at Chaldon, but they are not dates.
Topic: Miner's graffiti - dates
Peter Burgess

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 13/05/2011 09:15:25   Subject: Miner's graffiti - dates
Clearly, anybody who can write and count is literate/numerate, so anybody with these skills in the 16th century before these skills became more general, might have literally left their mark undergroun
Topic: Miner's graffiti - dates
Peter Burgess

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 11/05/2011 21:58:41   Subject: Miner's graffiti - dates
[quote="AR"]I've dug out details on the Brightgate date, it's smoked on the roof and is B D 1538 - there was certainly activity in the area around then so it could be genuine, unfortunately I don't ha
Topic: Miner's graffiti - dates
Peter Burgess

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 11/05/2011 09:11:28   Subject: Miner's graffiti - dates
[quote="AR"]I believe there's a 16th century date in one of the mined portions of Brightgate cave.[/quote]I would be interested to know whether that is written using roman or arabic numerals.
Topic: Miner's graffiti - dates
Peter Burgess

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 10/05/2011 22:23:31   Subject: Miner's graffiti - dates
1609

I just thought I'd set the bar nice and high, from the start!

[link]Chaldon-Firestone-Quarries-Sandstone-Quarry-User-Album-Image-017[linkphoto]Chaldon-Firestone-Quarries-San
Topic: Strange growths in Bwlch-y-Llu (photo)
Peter Burgess

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 04/05/2011 19:14:24   Subject: Strange growths in Bwlch-y-Llu (photo)
I have come across "bootlace fungus" (it looks like black bootlaces). Maybe this is the same.
Topic: Strange growths in Bwlch-y-Llu (photo)
Peter Burgess

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 04/05/2011 17:50:18   Subject: Strange growths in Bwlch-y-Llu (photo)
Are there or have there been any timbers nearby? I have seen places where green timber has been used for props, which has sprouted roots.

If you put green timber into the ground it will som
Topic: Pentewan railway - later use
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 02/05/2011 17:53:58   Subject: Pentewan railway - later use
Sorry, you are correct. Regarding the original question, what does Lewis say in his book on the Pentewan Railway? I have it somewhere but couldn't find it earlier.
Topic: Pentewan railway - later use
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 02/05/2011 09:30:52   Subject: Pentewan railway - later use
None of which satisfactorily explains to me why you would doubt the memory of, let's say, a couple of locals at Pentewan who can remember the use of dump trucks - nothing too complicated there.
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Topic: Pentewan railway - later use
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 01/05/2011 22:58:15   Subject: Pentewan railway - later use
This interesting debate stems from the following post:

[quote="Alec"]I wonder if the dump trucks hold the clue here, in that the gap in rail traction was indeed filled by tyred vehicles ins
Topic: Pentewan railway - later use
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 01/05/2011 21:07:39   Subject: Pentewan railway - later use
You hear stuff.....

That's a familiar scenario. General chit-chat will tell you there is a 40 acre underground lake at Merstham, that there was a network of canal tunnels from Merstham to C
Topic: Pentewan railway - later use
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 01/05/2011 19:34:48   Subject: Pentewan railway - later use
Well, most if not all of your examples referred to where entrances were and how far the galleries went! Even if you were not pumping them for info, you were not deliberately engaging with them in the
Topic: Pentewan railway - later use
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 01/05/2011 18:38:22   Subject: Pentewan railway - later use
I think the problem, Derrickman, is that in your many examples, you were asking them to provide specific information you wanted on the whereabaouts of old workings, whereas in the few cases I have spo
Topic: Pentewan railway - later use
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 01/05/2011 12:28:14   Subject: Pentewan railway - later use
I would side with Alec on this one. In the early 1980s I interviewed and recorded the memories of a man who used to visit his grandfather at Godstone - a hearthstone miner. We have on record his memor
Topic: Miners tools
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 27/04/2011 09:01:22   Subject: Miners tools
Between the teeth? A tooth pick?
Topic: Pentewan railway - later use
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 21/04/2011 07:59:25   Subject: Pentewan railway - later use
Check the AditNow gallery images for Pentewan Railway. One of the images is of a Ruston Hornsby loco in its shed.
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