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Posts by Peter Burgess

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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?
Topic: Castle-an-Dinas
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 20/11/2009 14:22:43   Subject: Castle-an-Dinas
Likewise. The broader the perspective, the better the view.
Topic: Castle-an-Dinas
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 20/11/2009 13:42:31   Subject: Castle-an-Dinas
[quote="derrickman"]that's a matter of point of view. I don't actually get particularly excited about broken pipestems and clog prints, but a bloody big slot in a hill is the essence of what the place
Topic: Castle-an-Dinas
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 19/11/2009 22:11:32   Subject: Castle-an-Dinas
Does it have a bucket?
Topic: Castle-an-Dinas
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 19/11/2009 21:49:16   Subject: Castle-an-Dinas
Has anyone put the Kimmeridge oil mine in the database yet? Or is it a quarry? Actually, I know there is a shale mine there, but I mean the thing with the nodding donkey.
Topic: Castle-an-Dinas
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 19/11/2009 19:50:29   Subject: Castle-an-Dinas
I was referring to fullers earth and ball clay, both of which have been mined. Have there been any subterranean china clay mines?
Topic: Castle-an-Dinas
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 19/11/2009 17:15:02   Subject: Castle-an-Dinas
A bit like all the River Avons. Imagine the Saxons interrogating the wily local Brit.

"Excuse me, my good man, what do you call this?"

"That, my friend, we call 'afon'"

Topic: Castle-an-Dinas
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 19/11/2009 16:12:24   Subject: Castle-an-Dinas
Just consider yourself lucky that all you have to really think about in Derbyshire is mines!
Topic: Castle-an-Dinas
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 19/11/2009 14:32:53   Subject: Castle-an-Dinas
What about sand, clays, and maybe gypsum - none need (much) concentration, but all are/have been worked (in modern parlance) from mines as well as open pits.
Topic: Castle-an-Dinas
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 19/11/2009 14:12:48   Subject: Castle-an-Dinas
All the sand and fullers earth excavations near Redhill were always called pits by us. Now they always seem to be referred to as quarries. It's very confusing when you google for Merstham quarry to be
Topic: Castle-an-Dinas
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 19/11/2009 13:39:52   Subject: Castle-an-Dinas
Let's just call it a pit and be done with it.
Topic: Who has the oldest copy of Dines??
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/11/2009 17:15:44   Subject: Who has the oldest copy of Dines??
Ah - that makes sense now. The rampant inflation from 1968 to 1975 makes my purchase cheap in comparison, even though the cover price was the same. Mine is a Second edition, so anyone with a First edi
Topic: aller mine Devon
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 11/11/2009 17:13:19   Subject: aller mine Devon
Hmm. Maybe that's what I paid too. Twas about 1975. It seemed cheap to me, and I was a student as well!
Topic: aller mine Devon
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 11/11/2009 16:58:30   Subject: aller mine Devon
I bought mine in the early 70s from what was the Geological Museum at the original cover price in shillings. I can't remember how much, but it wasn't a lot!
Topic: The Thames Tunnel
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/11/2009 16:31:08   Subject: The Thames Tunnel
Another good find:

[url]http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=H4cOAAAAYAAJ&pg=PT10&dq=%22THames+Tunnel%22&as_brr=1#v=onepage&q=&f=false[/url]

Also, don't forget that Trevithick almo
Topic: The Thames Tunnel
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/11/2009 16:21:49   Subject: The Thames Tunnel
Maybe the J&B connection is not true - I can't find the ref I thought I had read recently. However, I did find this:

[url]http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/obituaries/article5785502.
Topic: The Thames Tunnel
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/11/2009 16:11:24   Subject: The Thames Tunnel
[quote="JR"]With the talk of Brunel's involvement the point needs to be made that the project was undertaken by Isembard's father Marc Brunel (and bearing in mind the recent thread re. the BNP an immi
Topic: The Thames Tunnel
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/11/2009 15:19:21   Subject: The Thames Tunnel
Fair enough, but I wondwr if there was insufficient dialogue between the parties in advance of the work. It's not as if the historical importance of the site was not recognised. Or maybe it wasn't?
Topic: The Thames Tunnel
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/11/2009 14:34:57   Subject: The Thames Tunnel
I quite agree with much of what you say, but perhaps don't blame the conservation lobby for your loss of earnings but the project managers (or whoever) who might not have allowed sufficiently for the
Topic: The Thames Tunnel
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/11/2009 13:58:46   Subject: The Thames Tunnel
[quote="derrickman"]at this point a major problem occurred; the structure was cursed with some kind of Listed status, and the yoghurt knitters and Guardian-readers from EH descended in force :guns:
Topic: Divining-rods
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 06/11/2009 16:59:36   Subject: Divining-rods
You are not wrong.... ;)
Topic: Divining-rods
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 06/11/2009 10:58:11   Subject: Divining-rods
What I loathe about the smug Dawkins is that some people revere him like some kind of deity....
Topic: Good causes wanted for calendar profits!
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 02/11/2009 19:54:13   Subject: Good causes wanted for calendar profits!
Good idea. I'll get all WCMS members to register on the site and vote for their favourite charity of which they are proud to be a member. ;D
Topic: General view (photo) Portquin antimony
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 02/11/2009 19:52:19   Subject: General view (photo) Portquin antimony
I can't recall where my identification came from, but I would think it was Hamilton-Jenkin. I can check if you like.
Topic: General view (photo) Portquin antimony
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 02/11/2009 11:46:47   Subject: General view (photo) Portquin antimony
...replace this line with your message...

Photograph:

[link]PORTQUIN-ANTIMONY-Mine-User-Album-Image-43154[linkphoto]PORTQUIN-ANTIMONY-Mine-User-Album-Image-43154[/linkphoto][/lin
Topic: Llangollen Query
Peter Burgess

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 22/10/2009 20:03:29   Subject: Llangollen Query
My first thought was a foundry but I have no knowledge of the area to follow up the theory.
Topic: Levant Mine Disaster 90 years ago today.
Peter Burgess

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 20/10/2009 11:39:43   Subject: Levant Mine Disaster 90 years ago today.
One way to remember is to try and appreciate the event at a human level. Technology moves on, employment standards change, business methods are superceded, but one thing that does not change is the hu
Topic: Penrhyn Railway rebuilding to start
Peter Burgess

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 16/10/2009 19:03:01   Subject: Penrhyn Railway rebuilding to start
[quote="derrickman"]... while I don't believe it would make much difference given the number of trains actually likely to run, it certainly won't benefit the woods. ...
[/quote]

Having
Topic: Penrhyn Railway rebuilding to start
Peter Burgess

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 16/10/2009 18:47:57   Subject: Penrhyn Railway rebuilding to start
[quote="JohnnearCfon"]The current timetabled journey time for a round trip from Caernarfon to Hafod-y-Llyn and back is 4 hours, and that only includes a minimum time running round at Hafod-y-Llyn.[/qu
Topic: For sale Headlamp
Peter Burgess

Forum: For Sale! (and wanted / for swap)   Posted: 13/10/2009 18:29:09   Subject: For sale Headlamp


Novel carbide lamps? Look no further. [url]http://www.wcms.org.uk/pages/u2nl1986_2.shtml#novel_carbide_summer1986[/url] Don't forget to click on the image for construction details. Warning
Topic: Here we go again..
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 12/10/2009 15:51:39   Subject: Here we go again..
The geothermal set up in Southampton doesn't get much attention. That particular source is limited, unfortunately.
[url]http://www.utilicom.co.uk/documents/SGHCBrochure211107.pdf[/url]

Topic: Encouraging more use of the site?
Peter Burgess

Forum: Site Updates, Suggestions & Corrections   Posted: 12/10/2009 14:09:25   Subject: Encouraging more use of the site?
Hmmm. I must change my sig sometime 8)
Topic: Anything interesting around Dartmoor?
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 09/10/2009 19:21:24   Subject: Anything interesting around Dartmoor?
If you need something to do on a day that is just too wild to go up onto the moors, take a walk down the Tavistock Canal from Tavistock towards Morwell Down. There might even be a nice warm teashop op
Topic: Cwmystwyth: Underground access
Peter Burgess

Forum: Mid Wales   Posted: 08/10/2009 18:29:54   Subject: Cwmystwyth: Underground access
[quote="royfellows"]Just a thought....
It has been commented on that my nature is often to do things and then tell people about them afterwards.

I wonder why..........................[
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