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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.
Topic: Secret Caves......
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 18/02/2011 17:45:32   Subject: Secret Caves......
[quote="Martyn"]Crowborough Caves are one of the most popular tourist attractions in the area. Although the opening times are rather limited.[/quote] :lol: :guns:
Topic: New site features
Peter Burgess

Forum: Site Updates, Suggestions & Corrections   Posted: 18/02/2011 17:42:28   Subject: New site features
[quote="JohnnearCfon"]Strangely enough, when I lived in the area I always referred to them as Brockham Quarry, Betchworth Quarry etc and that goes back long before the Betchworth site was used for lan
Topic: New site features
Peter Burgess

Forum: Site Updates, Suggestions & Corrections   Posted: 18/02/2011 17:41:16   Subject: New site features
Thank you, Simon. Let others discuss whether the word "opencast" might be added - I don't really have a preference either way, although I can see that it clarifies the particular reason why it might b
Topic: New site features
Peter Burgess

Forum: Site Updates, Suggestions & Corrections   Posted: 18/02/2011 13:27:47   Subject: New site features
[quote="JohnnearCfon"]Yes, true Peter to a certain extent, but the majority of places are known as quarries, adding an extra option [i][b]will[/b][/i] only cause more confusion and make serching more
Topic: Mine searching - does anybody use...
Peter Burgess

Forum: Site Updates, Suggestions & Corrections   Posted: 17/02/2011 14:22:22   Subject: Mine searching - does anybody use...
I rarely use anything other than

UK List by Major Mining Region


then drill down.
Topic: New site features
Peter Burgess

Forum: Site Updates, Suggestions & Corrections   Posted: 17/02/2011 13:49:00   Subject: New site features
It's not for me to decide, but we must all point out issues as they affect us so they can be considered by everyone. I am not dictating what should be done, just pointing out something I would prefer
Topic: New site features
Peter Burgess

Forum: Site Updates, Suggestions & Corrections   Posted: 17/02/2011 12:43:52   Subject: New site features
Well, suppose "pit" had been set up instead of "mine". You would have loads of places listed like

Smallcleugh Pit, or Snailbeach Pit because you had no choice.

For me, Sand Quarr
Topic: New site features
Peter Burgess

Forum: Site Updates, Suggestions & Corrections   Posted: 17/02/2011 11:15:08   Subject: New site features
It looks better now - I have tweaked a few South East sites so they display with names I like.

One extra thing if it isn't a big deal. What do others think about adding "pit" to the site ty
Topic: Opinions please, mine type.
Peter Burgess

Forum: Site Updates, Suggestions & Corrections   Posted: 16/02/2011 22:20:41   Subject: Opinions please, mine type.
[quote="simonrl"] ..... and, er, Snailbeach Lead Mine published by the SMT :lol: [/quote]

.... Published by yours truly..... :lol:
Topic: Opinions please, mine type.
Peter Burgess

Forum: Site Updates, Suggestions & Corrections   Posted: 16/02/2011 22:02:59   Subject: Opinions please, mine type.
[quote="Vanoord"]I suspect that to 95% of users of the site, the exact nature of the product extracted (eg what sort of clay) is not going to be any enough significance to have it exactly specified in
Topic: Opinions please, mine type.
Peter Burgess

Forum: Site Updates, Suggestions & Corrections   Posted: 16/02/2011 21:49:31   Subject: Opinions please, mine type.
[quote="JohnnearCfon"]You could apply the same rule to slate. There are some mines/quarries that were exclusively slab mines/quarries, should they be seperated? I think not![/quote]

There i
Topic: Opinions please, mine type.
Peter Burgess

Forum: Site Updates, Suggestions & Corrections   Posted: 16/02/2011 21:44:25   Subject: Opinions please, mine type.
I am not proposing lots of different clay types.

I would like to see "Other Rock" not used in displaying a mine name because it allows mine names to be displayed as they were known, and doe
Topic: Opinions please, mine type.
Peter Burgess

Forum: Site Updates, Suggestions & Corrections   Posted: 16/02/2011 21:26:35   Subject: Opinions please, mine type.
[quote="JohnnearCfon"]
But, if Fullers Earth is a type of clay (no knowledge on subject) then surely clay should be used in dropdown?[/quote]

Because tin, or copper, or gold mines are
Topic: Opinions please, mine type.
Peter Burgess

Forum: Site Updates, Suggestions & Corrections   Posted: 16/02/2011 21:07:12   Subject: Opinions please, mine type.
re Hiding "Other Rock"

Yes, I suppose that would have the same effect! In which case, if you wanted to put the rock type in the name, you could do so and it would look good when displayed i
Topic: Opinions please, mine type.
Peter Burgess

Forum: Site Updates, Suggestions & Corrections   Posted: 16/02/2011 21:00:56   Subject: Opinions please, mine type.
[quote="JohnnearCfon"]IIRC that very derivative was also part of the discussion in the past. Basically it is a type of chalk.[/quote]Arrrrgh! NO!!!!!

John - I can sell you a book ;D
Topic: Opinions please, mine type.
Peter Burgess

Forum: Site Updates, Suggestions & Corrections   Posted: 16/02/2011 21:00:08   Subject: Opinions please, mine type.
I wouldn't try to classify it - could it not be optional?

In that particular case, most people call it

"Betchworth Hearthstone Mine"

i.e. that's its name anyway.
Topic: Opinions please, mine type.
Peter Burgess

Forum: Site Updates, Suggestions & Corrections   Posted: 16/02/2011 20:12:00   Subject: Opinions please, mine type.
I have to say that this is the only thing that makes me cringe about AditNow. To see a mine I entered in good faith as "Betchworth Hearthstone" flagged up as

"Betchworth Hearthstone Other
Topic: Opinions please, mine type.
Peter Burgess

Forum: Site Updates, Suggestions & Corrections   Posted: 16/02/2011 13:10:39   Subject: Opinions please, mine type.
They are all just metal mines to me.... ;)
Topic: MCRA photo identification
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/02/2011 19:43:27   Subject: MCRA photo identification
A post has gone up on UKCaving asking for help identifying some old photos. Three of them look like chalk mines or deneholes. Two look like a mineshaft next to a mine building. Can anyone identify the
Topic: Smallcleugh Mine Underground Photos
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/02/2011 09:39:11   Subject: Smallcleugh Mine Underground Photos
Perhaps those who find it time-consuming and a trouble putting informative captions to their photos now appreciate all the effort and work put into writing books where leaving out captions isn't reall
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