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Topic: Colley Hill Hearthstone Mine ca. 1920 (photo)
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 05/01/2010 13:04:11   Subject: Colley Hill Hearthstone Mine ca. 1920 (photo)
More photos here:

[url]http://www.wcms.org.uk/cgi-bin/wcmsgallery.pl?site=16[/url]

The underground ones date from very short-lived attempts to dig into the mine. The site is wel
Topic: Colley Hill Hearthstone Mine ca. 1920 (photo)
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 05/01/2010 08:07:54   Subject: Colley Hill Hearthstone Mine ca. 1920 (photo)
It was in the angle between the Pilgrims' Way and The Sheepwalk footpath, largely to the west of The Sheepwalk. The last working was in the cutting that ends abruptly when it reaches the Pilgrims' Way
Topic: Colley Hill Hearthstone Mine ca. 1920 (photo)
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 04/01/2010 21:11:12   Subject: Colley Hill Hearthstone Mine ca. 1920 (photo)
Yes. But nothing underground. Do you live locally?
Topic: 2009 Roundup & Thank you all!
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 01/01/2010 00:57:11   Subject: 2009 Roundup & Thank you all!
And thank you for maintaining this site, which of the few that I contribute to on a regular basis is the only one where anyone has gone to the trouble to post a message like this. It is a reflection o
Topic: Box Loco - Question
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 29/12/2009 21:11:11   Subject: Box Loco - Question
Ah, I know about that one. Quite a few photos exist of it.

[url]http://www.historycooperative.org/journals/sia/30.2/travis.html[/url]

There is one in the interesting article abov
Topic: Box Loco - Question
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 29/12/2009 17:36:45   Subject: Box Loco - Question
[quote="seend"]Yes it was drawn with care - in the 1970s by Paul Weaver of New Farm, Lacock, Wilts - it was how he thought the loco might have looked - since then my researches have turned up a lot a
Topic: Box Loco - Question
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 28/12/2009 20:00:37   Subject: Box Loco - Question
Actually, I've glanced through the topic and didn't see the source of this drawing. Where did Clunk get it from? Is it in fact an original drawing or a more recent impression?
Topic: Box Loco - Question
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 28/12/2009 19:57:37   Subject: Box Loco - Question
The image in the original post includes a scale and is drawn with care. I would give the benefit of the doubt to the original draftsman with regard to its accuracy. Several times I have found that acc
Topic: Pioneer locomotive, Levant
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 26/12/2009 23:00:39   Subject: Pioneer locomotive, Levant
I seem to recall that Levant also had stationary steam winders underground at its submarine shafts. The smoke from those would have dissipated into the workings I suppose.
Topic: Charcoal for iron smelters
Peter Burgess

Forum: North America   Posted: 24/12/2009 20:04:56   Subject: Charcoal for iron smelters
In the Weald I have seen charcoal burning in circular iron kilns which are carried from one wood to another, I suppose as the burners (or "colliers") find suitable woodland and amenable owners to oper
Topic: The Bevan Boys' War
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 23/12/2009 13:42:51   Subject: The Bevan Boys' War
Andrew Renville was a keen artist at school, I think I discovered.
Topic: PHOTO COMPETITION 2009 - RESULTS
Peter Burgess

Forum: The 2009 AditNow Photography Competition   Posted: 23/12/2009 10:59:40   Subject: PHOTO COMPETITION 2009 - RESULTS
They are all very good photos. Were any of the mentioned photos taken using affordable compact cameras? It would be interesting to know as it might encourage me to try again.
Topic: Pioneer locomotive, Levant
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 23/12/2009 09:23:18   Subject: Pioneer locomotive, Levant
Apart from the London Underground, are there many examples of steam locomotives being used underground?
Topic: Murton Colliery, Co. Durham.
Peter Burgess

Forum: North East England   Posted: 23/12/2009 08:33:41   Subject: Murton Colliery, Co. Durham.
[quote="Peter Burgess"]Chap I work with here used to work in the pit at Murton.[/quote]

I showed him the photos [url]http://www.aditnow.co.uk/album/Murton-Colliery-Coal-Mine-Archive-Album/[
Topic: The Bevan Boys' War
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 22/12/2009 23:09:59   Subject: The Bevin Boys' War
Here are two letters from Bevin Boys to their old headmaster, which I found in the school archives (Reigate Grammar).

Date: 25th March 1945

"Dear Mr. Clarke,
I am writing to
Topic: PHOTO COMPETITION - THANKS
Peter Burgess

Forum: The 2009 AditNow Photography Competition   Posted: 22/12/2009 22:54:11   Subject: PHOTO COMPETITION - THANKS
My photos are already up on the wall as part of the family gallery.
Topic: Pioneer locomotive, Levant
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 22/12/2009 20:45:10   Subject: Pioneer locomotive, Levant
[quote="Peter Burgess"]I think I might have typed the wrong date - don't have the book to hand at the moment, but I seem to remember reading a date in the 1890s yesterday!
[/quote]Yes, definitely
Topic: Murton Colliery, Co. Durham.
Peter Burgess

Forum: North East England   Posted: 22/12/2009 13:57:58   Subject: Murton Colliery, Co. Durham.
Chap I work with here used to work in the pit at Murton.
Topic: Pioneer locomotive, Levant
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 22/12/2009 11:08:54   Subject: Pioneer locomotive, Levant
I recall reading somewhere that because Levant runs under the sea, most of the levels ran downhill away from Skip Shaft, so loaded trains would have had to be pulled uphill. So perhaps this was the cr
Topic: Pioneer locomotive, Levant
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 22/12/2009 10:41:14   Subject: Pioneer locomotive, Levant
I think I might have typed the wrong date - don't have the book to hand at the moment, but I seem to remember reading a date in the 1890s yesterday!
Topic: Pioneer locomotive, Levant
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 21/12/2009 21:46:18   Subject: Pioneer locomotive, Levant
Allow me to quote from John Corin's "Levant - A Champion Cornish Mine".

The 278 fathom level was the main tramming level of the mine, and it was thought that a small industrial locomotive b
Topic: Shawforth Lancashire
Peter Burgess

Forum: North West England   Posted: 16/12/2009 22:12:47   Subject: Shawforth Lancashire
Gannister - quartzite used to make refractory bricks. The thought had crossed my mind too.
Topic: PHOTO COMPETITION - THANKS
Peter Burgess

Forum: The 2009 AditNow Photography Competition   Posted: 16/12/2009 19:49:55   Subject: PHOTO COMPETITION - THANKS
I was beaten in the WCMS photo competition due to "voting irregularities". I need a sympathy vote.
Topic: Witton Hall rocksalt mine, 1882 (photo)
Peter Burgess

Forum: North West England   Posted: 12/12/2009 23:28:10   Subject: Witton Hall rocksalt mine, 1882 (photo)
The upside down bit which I have now fixed for this gallery. Who knows which location is correct?
Topic: Witton Hall rocksalt mine, 1882 (photo)
Peter Burgess

Forum: North West England   Posted: 12/12/2009 22:55:15   Subject: Witton Hall rocksalt mine, 1882 (photo)
So it is. Someone should tell the BGS.
Topic: A theoretical mining tour of Britain... where would you go??
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/12/2009 22:05:25   Subject: A theoretical mining tour of Britain... where would you go??
[quote="ttxela"]Don't forget Grimes Graves for neolithic flint mining. [/quote]I didn't. :)
Topic: Seacombe Quarry - bug
Peter Burgess

Forum: Site Updates, Suggestions & Corrections   Posted: 12/12/2009 21:20:50   Subject: Seacombe Quarry - bug
Oo err, missis!
Topic: Seacombe Quarry - bug
Peter Burgess

Forum: Site Updates, Suggestions & Corrections   Posted: 12/12/2009 20:38:31   Subject: Seacombe Quarry - bug
I have just added Seacombe Quarry.

[url]http://www.aditnow.co.uk/mines/Seacombe-Limestone-Quarry/[/url]

I have added three photos to the archive gallery. The Mine page shows no i
Topic: Cannock Chase, 1863 (photo)
Peter Burgess

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 12/12/2009 20:03:02   Subject: Cannock Chase, 1863 (photo)
Here are two more from 1891:

[link]Cannock-Chase-1-3-7-8-Coal-Mine-Archive-Album-Image-45069[linkphoto]Cannock-Chase-1-3-7-8-Coal-Mine-Archive-Album-Image-45069[/linkphoto][/link]

Topic: Cannock Chase, 1863 (photo)
Peter Burgess

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 12/12/2009 19:41:46   Subject: Cannock Chase, 1863 (photo)
Could this photo really be that old?
Topic: Hunslet, Leeds, 1891
Peter Burgess

Forum: North East England   Posted: 12/12/2009 18:28:24   Subject: Hunslet, Leeds, 1891
Another excellent BGS photo. The caption suggests bricks, so is this a fireclay pit for making firebricks? Is that a brick-lined mineshaft being cut into in the corner of the pit? Does anyone have an
Topic: Witton Hall rocksalt mine, 1882 (photo)
Peter Burgess

Forum: North West England   Posted: 12/12/2009 17:56:59   Subject: Witton Hall rocksalt mine, 1882 (photo)
Another very old photo from the BGS collection. One of three, "photographed by electric light". Spot the man in the kibble and the amazing mine tubs. I should add there is no "Cheshire" area in the mi
Topic: Cannock Chase, 1863 (photo)
Peter Burgess

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 12/12/2009 16:14:32   Subject: Cannock Chase, 1863 (photo)
This is the oldest photo in the BGS collection, from 1863. I cannot be sure it is in the right archive record - there are no details for the mine I chose and I have no idea if it was working in the 18
Topic: Events and meets for 2010
Peter Burgess

Forum: Events   Posted: 12/12/2009 13:20:52   Subject: Events and meets for 2010
As is always the case, anyone visiting The London / Surrey area is welcome to contact me to arrange a visit to sites down here. Godstone sites April to November and Chaldon quarries any time. Few peop
Topic: A theoretical mining tour of Britain... where would you go??
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/12/2009 21:02:53   Subject: A theoretical mining tour of Britain... where would you go??
I am going to imagine I am showing someone who knows nothing about British mining as much as possible in two weeks. I would want to take them on a journey through time from the very beginning of minin
Topic: New members needed!
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/12/2009 11:15:58   Subject: New members needed!
If you get lots of enquiries from third parties, is there any mileage in delegating them to the forum, assuming thay are historical or technical queries rather than general ones about the website? Tha
Topic: Northamptonshire mines
Peter Burgess

Forum: Mining Heritage   Posted: 10/12/2009 19:02:56   Subject: Northamptonshire mines
Maybe Mike could suggest a good book?
Topic: Coal Mining Subsidence
Peter Burgess

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 09/12/2009 10:50:45   Subject: Coal Mining Subsidence
I have had a sneaky suspicion that 4ft 8 1/2 in was the result of the Outram standard of 4ft 2in between flanges of a plateway plus the width of the plates themselves - about 3 inches each, which give
Topic: Competition Entry Roy Fellows
Peter Burgess

Forum: The 2009 AditNow Photography Competition   Posted: 08/12/2009 17:26:39   Subject: Competition Entry Roy Fellows
So let's take this really off topic. I have assumed this is daylight flooding in from nearby entrances. I hadn't really thought about it, but I suppose it is just possible that is artificial light - f
Topic: Competition Entry Roy Fellows
Peter Burgess

Forum: The 2009 AditNow Photography Competition   Posted: 08/12/2009 17:05:01   Subject: Competition Entry Roy Fellows
It was taken in 1900!!!
Topic: BGS Maps
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 07/12/2009 20:11:21   Subject: BGS Maps
Never mind the maps, check out the images!

[url]http://geoscenic.bgs.ac.uk/asset-bank/action/viewHome[/url]
Topic: Tin miners emigration to Northumberland
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/12/2009 23:22:31   Subject: Tin miners emigration to Northumberland
[url]http://www.durhamrecordsonline.com/literature/murton.php[/url]

This description of the population changes in Murton describes the movement of families from Cornwall. This is of course
Topic: Blashenwell Marble Mine
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 04/12/2009 19:08:14   Subject: Blashenwell Marble Mine
Moved this from Hampshire to Dorset.
Topic: How many photographs are on the site now?
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/12/2009 10:28:10   Subject: How many photographs are on the site now?
[quote="simonrl"] And amazingly nearly 1 in 10 images uploaded have been deleted :(
[/quote]

Could that be due to photos being posted temporarily in personal albums?
Topic: Fossil's in mines
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 30/11/2009 12:18:57   Subject: Fossil's in mines
Fossils, perhaps even more so than minerals, lose much of their significance if removed from their stratigraphical context. Unless their location in the strata is accurately recorded by someone who pr
Topic: Fossil's in mines
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 30/11/2009 10:55:18   Subject: Fossil's in mines
At the risk of re-igniting the arguments about mineral collecting in old mines, maybe people are reluctant to post up specifics of good fossils and locations for fear of encouraging collectors finding
Topic: Fossil's in mines
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 30/11/2009 10:27:28   Subject: Fossil's in mines
The Cretaceous upper greensand workings of Surrey have few fossils, but very occasionally fish/sharks' teeth have been found, and also the remains of one huge marine reptile in the roof of one locatio
Topic: Strange hieroglyphics
Peter Burgess

Forum: North America   Posted: 26/11/2009 19:53:45   Subject: Strange hieroglyphics
I get those after eating pasties with too much onion in them.
Topic: Devon Great Consols Railway
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 23/11/2009 15:34:06   Subject: Devon Great Consols Railway
I remember attempting to follow the line in the mid 70s. What is it like after so many years of being abandoned? Turning recently close railway lines into paths isn't too difficult with all the draina
Topic: Devon Great Consols Railway
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 22/11/2009 11:10:13   Subject: Devon Great Consols Railway
Possibly because they don't have the proceeds of an exceptionally profitable copper mine to fund the work?
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