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Posts by Peter Burgess

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Topic: A new pic gallery for Artifacts ?
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 16/09/2009 13:59:29   Subject: A new pic gallery for Artifacts ?
It would be a good idea, but even better if it also had two specific purposes:

1) to invite members to help identify and add to an item's provenance

2) to publish already establi
Topic: AditNow is 4 today!
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 15/09/2009 14:32:39   Subject: AditNow is 4 today!
A couple of weekends ago I heard a chap working on the Cambrian Cave Registry talking about the idea of adding Welsh mines to the CCR list, but, apart from it being a mammoth task, hasn't the bulk of
Topic: Rails Rails and More Rails
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/09/2009 18:23:41   Subject: Rails Rails and More Rails
I don't believe any SIR rails have ever come to light, or they are at least extremely rare. I think Baxter will have taken his sketch from earlier publications such as Charles Lee. There are also cont
Topic: Hidden Earth - Mining Photo competition
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/09/2009 15:51:07   Subject: Hidden Earth - Mining Photo competition
Is that why he has that silly grin?
Topic: Rails Rails and More Rails
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/09/2009 15:22:59   Subject: Rails Rails and More Rails
I know the two main kinds of plate rail found in the Godstone quarries pretty well. Definitely one, and quite likely both, were sourced second hand from surface plateways. One type is that used on the
Topic: Open Days & Heritage Weekends
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/09/2009 14:04:20   Subject: Open Days & Heritage Weekends
Reigate Caves were totally mad last Saturday. I think we flushed the entire population of the borough through the systems in the course of the day. It was all good fun.
Topic: Rhosydd Incline Fl 6-7 and other observations
Peter Burgess

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 13/09/2009 22:27:10   Subject: Rhosydd Incline Fl 6-7 and other observations
[quote="ICLOK"]No... but you could have at least provided a scale... :lol: :flowers: [/quote]

.... or a sheep. At least you can tell what colour it is.
:)

I like the pic
Topic: Hidden Earth - Mining Photo competition
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 13/09/2009 19:49:13   Subject: Competition entry Sparty lea
[quote="rhychydwr1"]I am judging the mining photos at this year's Hidden Earth, so perhaps a few comments might be useful. Black and White photos go straight to the bin, along with any photos without
Topic: King Coal - BFI this September
Peter Burgess

Forum: Events   Posted: 07/09/2009 22:23:21   Subject: King Coal - BFI this September
[url]http://www.bfi.org.uk/coal.html[/url]
Topic: Open Days & Heritage Weekends
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 06/09/2009 21:51:39   Subject: Open Days & Heritage Weekends
WCMS will be opening Reigate Caves on 12th September, as part of the Heritage Open Day scheme.
Topic: eimco....
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 01/09/2009 15:20:15   Subject: eimco....
The driver could wear a clown suit.
Topic: eimco....
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 01/09/2009 14:06:01   Subject: eimco....
I suggest shovelling up coloured plastic playballs (such as are used in playpens) with it rather than nasty heavy rocks to make it safe and entertaining for the little children. ;D
Topic: Trip report - Derbyshire, 11-15 August 2009
Peter Burgess

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 01/09/2009 12:08:26   Subject: Trip report - Derbyshire, 11-15 August 2009
I asked the boys yesterday what they enjoyed most about the school holidays this year - immediate reply was "Magpie Mine" - so a resounding 10/10 for the trip, and confirmation, if I needed it, that P
Topic: Trip report - Derbyshire, 11-15 August 2009
Peter Burgess

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 21/08/2009 13:23:30   Subject: Trip report - Derbyshire, 11-15 August 2009
We left the top entrance of the lower series well alone.
Topic: Trip report - Derbyshire, 11-15 August 2009
Peter Burgess

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 21/08/2009 09:15:00   Subject: Trip report - Derbyshire, 11-15 August 2009
Regardless of whether there are better things for carrying cameras and flashguns, the fact that I still use an ammo-box I bought 30 years ago speaks volumes for their indestructible nature. At least I
Topic: Where to put the next rubbish dump?
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 20/08/2009 13:39:29   Subject: Where to put the next rubbish dump?
Are there not one or two clay pits that might be used?
Topic: Trip report - Derbyshire, 11-15 August 2009
Peter Burgess

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 20/08/2009 11:17:31   Subject: Trip report - Derbyshire, 11-15 August 2009
With a little less than a week free in which to take my two boys away, there was a choice of Mendip, South Wales or Derbyshire. The popular vote was to return to Magpie Mine and have a short break exp
Topic: Automatic drop down on mouse-over
Peter Burgess

Forum: Site Updates, Suggestions & Corrections   Posted: 19/08/2009 20:56:41   Subject: Automatic drop down on mouse-over
Oh dear! What have I started? :confused:
Topic: Automatic drop down on mouse-over
Peter Burgess

Forum: Site Updates, Suggestions & Corrections   Posted: 19/08/2009 20:51:10   Subject: Automatic drop down on mouse-over
Yes, and my age related tolerance threshhold is so low that it will be reached well before I get to the end of this sentence. See, I told you. >:(
Topic: Automatic drop down on mouse-over
Peter Burgess

Forum: Site Updates, Suggestions & Corrections   Posted: 19/08/2009 20:25:40   Subject: Automatic drop down on mouse-over
Does anyone else find the automatic drop down menus on mouse-over on the top menu bar really irritating? Is there any way to switch it off? It particularly annoys and messes up my navigation when tryi
Topic: Trip reports etc.
Peter Burgess

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 19/08/2009 15:27:07   Subject: Trip reports etc.
Would you like reports put in this section, or under the relevant region? I am ignoring the answer in your current signature!
Topic: Peter Burgess - current projects
Peter Burgess

Forum: Member Projects   Posted: 19/08/2009 15:24:43   Subject: Peter Burgess - current projects
Having just found this bit of the forum, I thought I'd just briefly list the things I am trying to progress at the moment.

* Record and Publish a simple guide to the industrial history and
Topic: Dinorwig Quarry Hunslets
Peter Burgess

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 19/08/2009 09:18:34   Subject: Dinorwig - 40 years since closure
There's a recording on You-tube of the auction in 1969.
Topic: Who had it best - which decade was the best for mine explorers
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 18/08/2009 09:22:27   Subject: Who had it best - which decade was the best for mine explorers
For me it has to be the present decade. Now more than ever before I can provide myself with information and contacts via the internet. I can provide advice to others. We can disseminate important imfo
Topic: Use of slate in roofing
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 17/08/2009 15:09:13   Subject: Use of slate in roofing
WCMS are in the process of renovating a place to use in the Brecon Beacons. It is a nineteenth century cottage with a slate roof. We managed to keep a good proportion of the original slates, were offe
Topic: What is the longest time you've ever spent below ground?
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 16/08/2009 22:52:53   Subject: What is the longest time you've ever spent below ground?
13 hours surveying the Chaldon Quarries back in the 1980s. This was a section of the workings we wanted to knock off in one hit and it took a bit longer than we expected. We normally averaged about 10
Topic: Colley Hill Hearthstone Other Rock Mine
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 04/08/2009 09:53:25   Subject: Colley Hill Hearthstone Other Rock Mine
[url]http://www.oldreigate.com/?goto=theclears[/url]

A new image has been added to the bottom of this page, from the last few years of the mine's operations.
Topic: Colley Hill Hearthstone Other Rock Mine
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 31/07/2009 19:07:00   Subject: Colley Hill Hearthstone Other Rock Mine
In which case there is a chance he may have been one of the school governors. I'll need to check that another day.

It seems that all of the Farringtons I mentioned were related, and I have
Topic: Colley Hill Hearthstone Other Rock Mine
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 31/07/2009 16:03:04   Subject: Colley Hill Hearthstone Other Rock Mine
Even more that is relevant :

The school magazine of Nov 1916 reports the death of Pte. Farrington (that was William Price) on active service in France. Sorry, no more details in the Pilgri
Topic: Colley Hill Hearthstone Other Rock Mine
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 31/07/2009 15:51:24   Subject: Colley Hill Hearthstone Other Rock Mine
Hello again, Tommie.

I am the voluntary archivist at Reigate Grammar School, and we have the Admissions Registers for the school back to 1862.

My index (which is all I can see at
Topic: Colley Hill Hearthstone Other Rock Mine
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 31/07/2009 15:40:20   Subject: Colley Hill Hearthstone Other Rock Mine
Hi Tommie

MY guess is that this was the limeworks at Reigate Hill, not Colley Hill. The Whitings Pits were very small, and would have employed very few people. I have a list somewhere of na
Topic: Dinorwic Quarry Hunslets
Peter Burgess

Forum: Mine Tramways and Railways   Posted: 28/07/2009 22:15:35   Subject: Dinorwic Quarry Hunslets
[quote="simonrl"]This is only temporary, it's the 40th anniversary of Dinorwic quarries closing on the 22nd (I think) August this year...[/quote]

It is indeed. I found this yesterday.
Topic: Slate Quarrying Archive footage
Peter Burgess

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 28/07/2009 15:40:49   Subject: Slate Quarrying Archive footage
Thanks - I remember now.
Topic: Public Footpaths - Fancy a paddle
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 28/07/2009 13:39:48   Subject: Public Footpaths - Fancy a paddle
It is a matter of regret that some old customs have died out. When, in days of old, a "road" became impassable due to, say, winter rains, the travellers would simply "move" the road a few yards by tra
Topic: Slate Quarrying Archive footage
Peter Burgess

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 27/07/2009 23:59:05   Subject: Slate Quarrying Archive footage
I'm not sure if I flagged this up some time ago.

[url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dw2azVZn0wo[/url]

I've a feeling I've seen one or two bits of this somewhere else.
Topic: Pit valleys from the air - late 1960s
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 26/07/2009 22:37:44   Subject: Pit valleys from the air - late 1960s
[url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztjRb4IstqY[/url]

Some rather romantic commentary, but some great aerial footage of a gritty landscape, now largely disappearing under retail parks and r
Topic: Abandoned mining community in Belgium
Peter Burgess

Forum: Europe   Posted: 26/07/2009 21:13:53   Subject: Abandoned mining community in Belgium
I wonder what this place is like now? This was in the 1990s.

[url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Uc-A5cWfu0[/url]

Topic: Margate Grotto
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 26/07/2009 20:55:50   Subject: Margate Grotto
A bit of nostalgia here - one of the first underground places I was ever taken to. Maybe not a mine, but fascinating.

[url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-o02xbtSzBA[/url]
Topic: Aerial Ropeway to Dover
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 26/07/2009 20:52:12   Subject: Aerial Ropeway to Dover
An excellent short clip of the aerial ropeway that carried coal down to the docks at Dover. Now all we export are day-trippers.

[url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLH00zaqs_s[/url]
Topic: Destruction of the underground
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 23/07/2009 14:14:38   Subject: Destruction of the underground
This is a dilemma: In order to protect a site, do you publicise how important it is so as to attract the interest of those who might be able to help in their protection, or do you stay quiet and just
Topic: Destruction of the underground
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 23/07/2009 10:46:41   Subject: Destruction of the underground
[quote="derrickman"]I was at Godstone main series not so long ago and the remains of a 70s teenage party are there to be seen :) [/quote]

.... along with large white painted graffiti and sp
Topic: Destruction of the underground
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 22/07/2009 15:15:47   Subject: Destruction of the underground
Here is my catalogue of unfortunate losses in Surrey.

Removal of 200 year old rails as souvenirs.

Trampling of footprints and haulage marks, possibly 500 years old.

Re
Topic: NEW ADITNOW BOOK - suggestions please!
Peter Burgess

Forum: Site Updates, Suggestions & Corrections   Posted: 17/07/2009 13:29:57   Subject: NEW ADITNOW BOOK - suggestions please!
Have a look at www.inkylittlefingers.co.uk - they are not POD, but they do small print runs at sensible prices. They don't appear to have a hardcover option, but do have free delivery within the UK. I
Topic: NEW ADITNOW BOOK - suggestions please!
Peter Burgess

Forum: Site Updates, Suggestions & Corrections   Posted: 14/07/2009 22:18:57   Subject: NEW ADITNOW BOOK - suggestions please!
Thanks - I haven't heard of them. I'll fire up google.
Topic: NEW ADITNOW BOOK - suggestions please!
Peter Burgess

Forum: Site Updates, Suggestions & Corrections   Posted: 14/07/2009 14:42:44   Subject: NEW ADITNOW BOOK - suggestions please!
A serious word of caution regarding lulu publishing. This year, their support infrastructure appears to be in a bad way. I recently had cause to contact them regarding three major printing issues (wro
Topic: phoenix (photo)
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 10/07/2009 22:08:51   Subject: phoenix (photo)
.... and the rail that runs across the junction (the RH one going straight ahead) appears to be chaired to the wooden sleepers (although it isn't that clear). Would this be the case if this was going
Topic: phoenix (photo)
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 10/07/2009 21:49:59   Subject: phoenix (photo)

Photograph:

[link]PHOENIX-UNITED-Mine-Archive-Album-Image-37204[linkphoto]PHOENIX-UNITED-Mine-Archive-Album-Image-37204[/linkphoto][/link]

[quote]If this is super-sized, th
Topic: NEW ADITNOW BOOK - suggestions please!
Peter Burgess

Forum: Site Updates, Suggestions & Corrections   Posted: 10/07/2009 09:29:21   Subject: NEW ADITNOW BOOK - suggestions please!
Lulu is fine for paperback quality B+W - if you place a bulk order you will get something with as good a quality as the Snailbeach Lead Mine book.

If you want nice glossy paper or colour t
Topic: What Knot's This Then?
Peter Burgess

Forum: SRT Equipment & Training   Posted: 08/07/2009 13:51:09   Subject: What Knot's This Then?
Just watch that everyone goes down the correct half of the rope!
Topic: What Knot's This Then?
Peter Burgess

Forum: SRT Equipment & Training   Posted: 08/07/2009 13:30:21   Subject: What Knot's This Then?
It looks to me like the rope is round both the wood and the rail, the wood being put there to provide a degree of protection to the rope, preventing full contact with the steel rail. The knot seems to
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