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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.
Topic: Copyright fees
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/04/2011 15:52:57   Subject: Copyright fees
I was charged £50 plus VAT to use a photo from the BGS collection. That is the least they charge, and if the print run is large I think the cost rises.
Topic: Drakelow - photo of the day
Peter Burgess

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 20/04/2011 15:50:29   Subject: Drakelow - photo of the day
"Stop sitting like that or some idiot will stick this photo in a caption competition!"
Topic: One for the steam buffs.
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/04/2011 18:02:43   Subject: One for the steam buffs.
... and I continue to use the word "tuppence" - everyone seems to know what I mean.. :)
Topic: One for the steam buffs.
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/04/2011 18:00:29   Subject: One for the steam buffs.
Here it is....

[img]http://www.coins-of-the-uk.co.uk/pics/dec/01/1_77.jpg[/img]

:smartass:
Topic: One for the steam buffs.
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/04/2011 17:59:00   Subject: One for the steam buffs.
[quote="JohnnearCfon"]Now they do, but what did they read when first introduced? I know they had "new" on the coin, but were they "one new penny", or "one new pence"? The latter certainly sounds wrong
Topic: Hilary Bird Mining Facsimiles
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/04/2011 14:13:54   Subject: Hilary Bird Mining Facsimiles
South Gloucestershire coal field, north of Bristol. An excellent talk at NAMHO last year all about it!
Topic: New feature on photo uploads - copyright info
Peter Burgess

Forum: Site Updates, Suggestions & Corrections   Posted: 13/04/2011 12:44:29   Subject: New feature on photo uploads - please read!
I just went to check this myself - I should have done so before asking the question! All pretty simple really. Thanks.
Topic: New feature on photo uploads - copyright info
Peter Burgess

Forum: Site Updates, Suggestions & Corrections   Posted: 13/04/2011 12:36:39   Subject: New feature on photo uploads - please read!
Can this be done retrospectively?

Those who have legitimately uploaded photos that were not theirs should not be held accountable for older uploads with the wrong info, and it may be that i
Topic: Google picture 13 April 2011
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 13/04/2011 10:37:55   Subject: Google picture 13 April 2011
Check out today's Google doodle- 240th birthday of Richard Trevithick.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2011/04/13/richard-trevithick-celebrated-with-google-doodle-on-240th-birthday
Topic: What is it?
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/04/2011 08:35:39   Subject: What is it?
Is it the dark side of the moon, cunningly illuminated by one of Roy's Wonderful Lamps standing in a dark field pointing at the sky on the occasion of a new moon?
Topic: One for the steam buffs.
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/04/2011 08:39:38   Subject: One for the steam buffs.
Sadly, the only steam locos I remember seeing in BR operation were black and rusty.
Topic: A new geologist on the block
Peter Burgess

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 02/04/2011 17:28:45   Subject: A new geologist on the block
Only this morning I took a large group from the South East Regional Group of the Geological Society around the underground sites of Reigate. I have taken them on previous field trips into the Godstone
Topic: chislet colliery station
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 24/03/2011 14:59:47   Subject: chislet colliery station
Have you tried contacting these people?

http://www.dover.gov.uk/kentcoal/intro.asp

Although with local authority budgets being what they are, who knows whether this initiative is
Topic: underground mining question
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 07/03/2011 07:46:26   Subject: underground mining question
At the top of the page it says:

"Mine exploration, photographs and mining history for mine explorers, industrial archaeologists, researchers and historians"

Virtually all of us a
Topic: The Pits!
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 22/02/2011 10:48:32   Subject: The Pits!
Both Crowhurst and Lamb's names now amended to /name/ Brickworks, so they read

/name/ Brickworks Clay Pit.

Seems like the best solution!
Topic: The Pits!
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 21/02/2011 22:06:47   Subject: The Pits!
Correct. What shall we call it? Lamb's Clay Mine? ;)

Tis a clay pit. Pure and simple. With an associated brickworks. I can't see the problem :)
Topic: Secret Caves......
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 18/02/2011 21:23:38   Subject: Secret Caves......
Yes, I know them - I went to look at them a long time ago. The Crowborough Caves are a complete fabrication. If you know otherwise, please arrange a trip there for us all. I'll happily join you.
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