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Topic: Family tree stuff
Peter Burgess

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 13/05/2010 21:00:01   Subject: Family tree stuff
He probably made it himself on Super-8. ;D
Topic: Family tree stuff
Peter Burgess

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 12/05/2010 14:51:24   Subject: Family tree stuff
The Bearhaven mines are in Ireland. Is it possible this is what you are referring to? I think the history of these mines has been documented, but I don't know the details.
Topic: Blackfold Furnace Iron Mine
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 04/05/2010 15:25:10   Subject: Blackfold Furnace Iron Mine
You probably need to contact the Wealden Iron Research Group. Here is a link to their database.

[url]http://www.wirgdata.org/searchsites.cgi[/url]
Topic: Wheal Martyn
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 29/04/2010 14:52:48   Subject: Wheal Martyn
Give the kids a pressure hose* to play with and that would be a ticket to success for WM!

* aren't they called "monitors"?
Topic: Wheal Martyn
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 28/04/2010 14:51:22   Subject: Wheal Martyn
You would think a china clay works would be a little boy's dream world with all that water, mud and machinery to play with!
Topic: Wheal Martyn
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 28/04/2010 14:12:25   Subject: Wheal Martyn
Is there no possibility of a number of separate industrial attractions getting together and issuing a ticket a bit like the Ironbridge Gorge sites, or Portsmouth Dockyards, where you pay once to gain
Topic: Morwellham Quay saved from closure
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 19/04/2010 19:06:02   Subject: Morwellham Quay saved from closure
I liked Bicton Gardens when I went there a year or so back. I would be pleased if they ran Morwellham with the same care and attention. I also think the chap was at the same school as me, so he must b
Topic: Nice bit of subsidence!
Peter Burgess

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 30/03/2010 19:39:52   Subject: Nice bit of subsidence!
I expect you have to have a few to counteract the effect.
Topic: bbc2 mastercrafts stonemasonry on now!
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/03/2010 15:08:33   Subject: bbc2 mastercrafts stonemasonry on now!
I fell asleep before it ended, wihhc is more a reflection of the sh!t day I had rather than the interesting nature of the programme!
Topic: Royal Observer Corps Bunkers
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 18/03/2010 21:42:16   Subject: Royal Observer Corps Bunkers
I've often wondered what all those conveyor belts and rock crushers were doing in Oxford Circus tube station. Thanks for the clarification. :lol:
Topic: Pics and Lighting.
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/03/2010 19:52:08   Subject: Pics and Lighting.
Aw, bless. The old gentleman still thinks it's funny! :)
Topic: Carbon14 dating
Peter Burgess

Forum: Member Projects   Posted: 14/03/2010 08:09:28   Subject: Carbon14 dating
Thank you everyone - the replies both here and on UKCaving have been useful and encouraging. Now I just need the time and help to get on with a plan!
Topic: Carbon14 dating
Peter Burgess

Forum: Member Projects   Posted: 13/03/2010 16:19:27   Subject: Carbon14 dating
Dendrochronology would be great except that almost all the timber props in the workings are now what on the Thursday trip I termed "air props". There is a stain on the roof, a pile of dust on the floo
Topic: Carbon14 dating
Peter Burgess

Forum: Member Projects   Posted: 12/03/2010 19:28:56   Subject: Carbon14 dating
All organic carbon surely originated from carbon dioxide converted to sugars etc by plants? Then eaten by animals? The amount of C14 in atmospheric carbon dioxide remained pretty constant until we sta
Topic: Carbon14 dating
Peter Burgess

Forum: Member Projects   Posted: 12/03/2010 14:12:18   Subject: Carbon14 dating
300 years? Perfect! Most of the undated stuff is at least 1600 or earlier, and possibly back to the 12th century.
Topic: Carbon14 dating
Peter Burgess

Forum: Member Projects   Posted: 12/03/2010 13:03:10   Subject: Carbon14 dating
That is a problem, Stuey. The roof is a calcareous sandstone / siliceous limestone depending on how you look at it! It's a sort of immature chert with carbonate content. The soot would have to be sepa
Topic: Carbon14 dating
Peter Burgess

Forum: Member Projects   Posted: 12/03/2010 11:56:05   Subject: Carbon14 dating
Our nearest unis are at Brighton, Guildford and in London. So a good chance! Thanks for the suggestion. Even better if there are also departments that have an interest in medieval archaeology.
Topic: Carbon14 dating
Peter Burgess

Forum: Member Projects   Posted: 12/03/2010 11:26:22   Subject: Carbon14 dating
Last night I was in the Chaldon quarries and noticed lamp/candle soot on the roof, of which there is loads and we have never really given it much thought as being useful for dating.

But the
Topic: Ancient Underground Limestone Mines/Quarries
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 07/03/2010 21:01:04   Subject: Ancient Underground Limestone Mines/Quarries
[quote="ttxela"][quote="Peter Burgess"][quote="dvd.merkel@gmail.com"]This was quite helpful. Thank you. The website I saw several years ago was quite careful, as your website, to point out that what i
Topic: Ancient Underground Limestone Mines/Quarries
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 05/03/2010 09:26:26   Subject: Ancient Underground Limestone Mines/Quarries
[quote="dvd.merkel@gmail.com"]This was quite helpful. Thank you. The website I saw several years ago was quite careful, as your website, to point out that what is often referred to as "Freemasonry" ma
Topic: Ancient Underground Limestone Mines/Quarries
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/03/2010 20:58:04   Subject: Ancient Underground Limestone Mines/Quarries
Close! But it isn't my hovercraft, unfortunately.
Topic: Ancient Underground Limestone Mines/Quarries
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/03/2010 17:49:30   Subject: Ancient Underground Limestone Mines/Quarries
[quote="dvd.merkel@gmail.com"]By the way, what does,

Hé ! Ki kapcsolva le a villanyt ?

mean??
Best,
David[/quote]

I've been wondering that as well. ;)
Topic: Ancient Underground Limestone Mines/Quarries
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/03/2010 08:46:22   Subject: Ancient Underground Limestone Mines/Quarries
David - you said you were seeking information - in what respect?
Topic: Ancient Underground Limestone Mines/Quarries
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/03/2010 21:42:04   Subject: Ancient Underground Limestone Mines/Quarries
I am pretty sure DVD did not mean pre-Roman when he wrote "ancient"...... :)
Topic: Ancient Underground Limestone Mines/Quarries
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/03/2010 15:06:13   Subject: Ancient Underground Limestone Mines/Quarries
For Chalk Mines, read Firestone Quarries ! ;)

Otherwise, you flatter me. :-[
Topic: Ancient Underground Limestone Mines/Quarries
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/03/2010 11:51:37   Subject: Ancient Underground Limestone Mines/Quarries
Roger the Cat:

If you haven't come across this book, I can highly recommend it.

[url]http://www.moorebooks.co.uk/shelves/cart.php?target=product&product_id=18545&category_id=329[
Topic: Ancient Underground Limestone Mines/Quarries
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/03/2010 11:49:08   Subject: Ancient Underground Limestone Mines/Quarries
I suspect that there are some more incorrect assumptions in that Wikipedia link with regard to the older structures mentioned in London.
Topic: Ancient Underground Limestone Mines/Quarries
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/03/2010 11:09:49   Subject: Ancient Underground Limestone Mines/Quarries
DVD - how do you define "ancient"? To me it means 17th century or older, but that is a purely personal view. It really defines a boundary between modern industrial and pre-industrial eras.

Topic: Ancient Underground Limestone Mines/Quarries
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/03/2010 09:59:17   Subject: Ancient Underground Limestone Mines/Quarries
It is also worth bearing in mind that on the whole, most of the underground quarries we can visit today are actually not that old, and most were dug from the 18th century onwards. Older workings do ex
Topic: Ancient Underground Limestone Mines/Quarries
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/03/2010 09:56:47   Subject: Ancient Underground Limestone Mines/Quarries
In England, the first significant major use of stone from underground quarries was probably very soon after the Norman Conquest and was of Caen stone imported from Normandy. These quarries still exist
Topic: Ancient Underground Limestone Mines/Quarries
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/03/2010 07:50:12   Subject: Ancient Underground Limestone Mines/Quarries
Is there any reason why specifically limestone? Underground sandstone quarries played an equal part in the construction of ancient buildings. It's a grossly under-researched area, certainly in contras
Topic: Rockley Engine House Iron Mine
Peter Burgess

Forum: North West England   Posted: 02/03/2010 15:51:22   Subject: Rockley Engine House Iron Mine
There are also parallax issues with the vertical views and I wonder if these inaccuracies are also true on the maps? If you look at a tall vertical feature such as a chimney you will often find the to
Topic: BGS Photo archive
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/02/2010 11:15:26   Subject: BGS Photo archive
As there is a limit, would it be bending the rules to have links instead of downloaded images? Links either to the BGS site or to other non-profit sites where they themselves have downloaded less than
Topic: BGS Photo archive
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/02/2010 10:14:34   Subject: BGS Photo archive
Hi Steve

This was spotted a while ago - and an excellent collection it is.

Take a look at:

[url]http://www.wcms.org.uk/pages/harris_oct2005.shtml[/url]

Clic
Topic: Moving the loads
Peter Burgess

Forum: Mining Methods & Techniques   Posted: 16/02/2010 10:36:43   Subject: Moving the loads
No Oakwood, but there was a field guide published in 1981 and again in 1985.

Derek Bayliss, Retracing the First Public Railway
(2nd edn., 1985)

Worth trying to get a copy if
Topic: Moving the loads
Peter Burgess

Forum: Mining Methods & Techniques   Posted: 16/02/2010 10:07:12   Subject: Moving the loads
The best surviving section up to 1972 was the last few hundred yards to Quarry Dean Farm. Sleeper blocks and some rails were still in place beneath the farm track. These are now buried under the M23 e
Topic: Moving the loads
Peter Burgess

Forum: Mining Methods & Techniques   Posted: 16/02/2010 09:56:25   Subject: Moving the loads
There are very few tramways in the SE that I know, assuming you mean plateways. There is even less of the SIR in place although you can ride a Croydon Tram along a section of the route. The Offham Cha
Topic: Moving the loads
Peter Burgess

Forum: Mining Methods & Techniques   Posted: 16/02/2010 09:16:01   Subject: Moving the loads
Not as much as there was 40 years ago sadly. A section of full depth double track cutting, a few sleeper blocks if you know where to look (used in a garden gateway, not in situ), the weighbridge cotta
Topic: Moving the loads
Peter Burgess

Forum: Mining Methods & Techniques   Posted: 15/02/2010 22:42:23   Subject: Moving the loads
[quote="ICLOK"]Lovely proportioned bridge that... shame its gone, did it last into the 20th Century or was it an early casualty?
[/quote]The painting was published in 1823.

The bridge
Topic: Moving the loads
Peter Burgess

Forum: Mining Methods & Techniques   Posted: 15/02/2010 19:27:04   Subject: Moving the loads
The bridge has gone but the southern approach embankment is a scheduled ancient monument.
Topic: Moving the loads
Peter Burgess

Forum: Mining Methods & Techniques   Posted: 15/02/2010 19:04:58   Subject: Moving the loads
Croydon Merstham and Godstone Iron Railway. The line where a famous wager was made on the weight of wagons capable of being hauled by a horse on a tramroad.

[link]Croydon-Merstham-and-Godst
Topic: Andrew Marrs history of modern Britain
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/02/2010 11:01:48   Subject: Andrew Marrs history of modern Britain
[quote="ICLOK"]Thats right lets just pretend none it exists, read a few books and go down a few mines and it should all be OK. ;) [/quote]

That's not what I said, is it?
Topic: Andrew Marrs history of modern Britain
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/02/2010 10:22:19   Subject: Andrew Marrs history of modern Britain
[quote="ICLOK"]Anybody with half a brain should by now be banging on their MPs door .....[/quote]

Anyone with more than half a brain can knuckle down to doing something more enjoyable like
Topic: Blaenau bid by National Park / Rhosydd
Peter Burgess

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 13/02/2010 11:17:03   Subject: Blaenau bid by National Park / Rhosydd
Someone at work yesterday said that when he visited the BF area, he had to think carefully whether he had suddenly suffered an unusual eye condition wherein he lost colour vision, as everything went m
Topic: Secret Caves......
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 13/02/2010 09:11:09   Subject: Secret Caves......
So why isn't that site in our database? Go on - you know you want to!
Topic: Andrew Marrs history of modern Britain
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/02/2010 22:07:36   Subject: Andrew Marrs history of modern Britain
I know one should really feel sorry when you see an old lady crying, but whenever I see Mrs T blubbing as she walked to her car in Downing Street, I still get a sense of relief!
Topic: Blaenau bid by National Park / Rhosydd
Peter Burgess

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 12/02/2010 22:04:44   Subject: Blaenau bid by National Park / Rhosydd
"The Peak" as in "District".
Topic: Blaenau bid by National Park / Rhosydd
Peter Burgess

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 12/02/2010 21:23:23   Subject: Blaenau bid by National Park / Rhosydd
How come they are able to carry on extracting limestone on a large scale from the Peak, then?
Topic: Andrew Marrs history of modern Britain
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/02/2010 20:56:45   Subject: Andrew Marrs history of modern Britain
The "freedom" mentioned in the programme was the freedom of the markets, freedom to spend, freedom to be completely self-centred.
Topic: Andrew Marrs history of modern Britain
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/02/2010 20:01:35   Subject: Andrew Marrs history of modern Britain
The decade when Britain stopped being governed by its principles and started being ruled by its instincts. We may have gained our freedom but we lost our soul.
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