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Posts by Peter Burgess

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Topic: Dumping the Wheal
Peter Burgess

Forum: North West England   Posted: 20/05/2009 20:22:48   Subject: Dumping the Wheal
If it has a map reference then it isn't a mine with no content and it is a useful entry. Here's a pseudo script for you....

DELETE MINELIST WITH DESCRIPTION = NULL AND LOCATION = NULL AND G
Topic: Dumping the Wheal
Peter Burgess

Forum: North West England   Posted: 20/05/2009 20:08:47   Subject: Dumping the Wheal
Daring to be unpopular here, but if a mine has no content - no description, no photos, [b]no location[/b], [u]nothing[/u] - should it not be deleted completely? What value does it add to the database?
Topic: Bryn yr Afr? (dead sheep mine)
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/05/2009 19:18:20   Subject: Bryn yr Afr? (dead sheep mine)
Not knowing what the majority of mines in the South East were called (if, indeed, they ever had any official appellation) is pure bliss! I can make up the name of any site I choose to add to the datab
Topic: Bryn yr Afr? (dead sheep mine)
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/05/2009 18:53:26   Subject: Bryn yr Afr? (dead sheep mine)
As for tidying up the database, I find the CAPITALISATION of loads of Cornish mines quite an untidy feature.
Topic: Dumping the Wheal
Peter Burgess

Forum: North West England   Posted: 20/05/2009 18:43:48   Subject: Dumping the Wheal
One could draw a parallel with place names. Here in Sussex there are two villages called East Dean and two called West Dean. If I looked them up in a road atlas, they would be listed under E and W, no
Topic: Dumping the Wheal
Peter Burgess

Forum: North West England   Posted: 20/05/2009 18:39:40   Subject: Dumping the Wheal
I suspect, Roy, that you are not a typical user. Neither am I. But if the site is to become ever more useful......

Perhaps I should have asked "Who are the people that we most want to use t
Topic: Dumping the Wheal
Peter Burgess

Forum: North West England   Posted: 20/05/2009 18:10:54   Subject: Dumping the Wheal
Two questions:

1. Who is the database for?

2. What would the majority of people do if they wanted to look up a mine that started with the word "Wheal" ?



Topic: Dumping the Wheal
Peter Burgess

Forum: North West England   Posted: 20/05/2009 15:59:51   Subject: Dumping the Wheal
I agree with Spitfire one hundred percent.
Topic: New Book- Underground England - travels Beneath our Cities and Countryside, Stephen Smith
Peter Burgess

Forum: For Sale! (and wanted / for swap)   Posted: 20/05/2009 12:02:14   Subject: New Book- Underground England - travels Beneath our Cities and Countryside, Stephen Smith
I wish you would take your private war somewhere else. :(
Topic: 14.05.09 Hafodyrynys Colliery - Slime thickener (photo)
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 19/05/2009 07:44:33   Subject: 14.05.09 Hafodyrynys Colliery - Slime thickener (photo)
Thank you, very interesting.
Topic: 14.05.09 Hafodyrynys Colliery - Slime thickener (photo)
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 18/05/2009 15:34:29   Subject: 14.05.09 Hafodyrynys Colliery - Slime thickener (photo)
I am curious - what is/was a 'slime-thickener'? How did it work?

Photograph:

[link]Hafodrynys-Colliery-Coal-Mine-User-Album-Image-34822[linkphoto]Hafodrynys-Colliery-Coal-Mine-Us
Topic: favourite hard hat....
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 18/05/2009 11:57:25   Subject: favourite hard hat....
What I like about my Petzl Ecrin over other helmets I have used is the comfort. One aspect I didn't like of other helmets was the greater impact, noise and jarring, when cracking one's head on the roo
Topic: favourite hard hat....
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/05/2009 20:17:18   Subject: favourite hard hat....
Of all the different helmets I have worn, by far the most comfortable in many ways is my old Petzl Ecrin. The original style that is, not the more recent pisspots that look like cullenders.
Topic: Oliver Cromwell on Mainline... 09/05/09
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 09/05/2009 22:20:31   Subject: Oliver Cromwell on Mainline... 09/05/09
Hmmm.... Try the details (under more info) posted on this genuine footage of real trains (none of your restored, renovated, nicely polished and painted stuff you get nowadays).

[url]http://
Topic: Penwyllt research
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 08/05/2009 15:38:36   Subject: Penwyllt research
From what I can gather, the NG incline route was initiated in around 1903, and the zig-zag route went out of use as a result. The NG route is pretty well documented, with some good illustrations and i
Topic: Penwyllt research
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 08/05/2009 15:05:06   Subject: Penwyllt research
I have a copy of Hughes. It says little about post BFT infrastructure. Its an excellent field guide for the BFT.

I'll check the IRS website. Thanks.


Topic: Language Help Request - Welsh
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 08/05/2009 14:34:51   Subject: Language Help Request - Welsh
[url]http://www.websters-dictionary-online.org/translation/Welsh/gwyllt[/url]

This says gwyllt means wild. :confused:
Topic: Language Help Request - Welsh
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 08/05/2009 14:24:42   Subject: Language Help Request - Welsh
Interesting - high point or high place would make sense - the place is like an 'alp'.

I have read that wyllt is 'wild'.

It certainly is a wild place when the wind gets up!
Topic: Language Help Request - Welsh
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 08/05/2009 13:43:09   Subject: Language Help Request - Welsh
Pen = head

But I also have a question for those who know such things.

As per another topic, I am studying the Penwyllt area in South Wales at the moment.

The word pen
Topic: A Reminder
Peter Burgess

Forum: North West England   Posted: 07/05/2009 22:47:39   Subject: A Reminder
This discussion seems to have ended up in North West England for some reason....
Topic: A Reminder
Peter Burgess

Forum: North West England   Posted: 07/05/2009 15:35:04   Subject: A Reminder
Don't let whoever did this inscription removal loose at Pompeii - they'd have field day removing all the 1st century casual scribblings. It might have been an over-zealous contractor, not necessarily
Topic: Penwyllt research
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 07/05/2009 09:58:21   Subject: Penwyllt research
I hade a look at old-maps and none of them showed the zig-zags, which surprised me. The later maps showed the incline route, but only in its original form, and not the later one (which was slightly di
Topic: Penwyllt research
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 06/05/2009 23:37:00   Subject: Penwyllt research
Thanks everyone. I have spent much time chatting to SWCC members over the weekend and I was allowed to look through the library. Yes, I am aware of the links posted but thanks anyway. I agree about it
Topic: Penwyllt research
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 06/05/2009 17:49:48   Subject: Penwyllt research
I spent a fantastic weekend walking the hills around Penwyllt at the head of the Swansea valley. I was collecting photos of evidence of the various industrial activities in the area, and ended up thin
Topic: South Crofty Spring 2009
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 05/05/2009 22:50:42   Subject: South Crofty Spring 2009
Boy Engineer - I'm with you. That stupid little saying about those who can, do, etc etc. is something trotted out by those who think they are being smart when in reality they are often too lazy to thi
Topic: Weather forecast web sites
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 30/04/2009 15:18:52   Subject: Weather forecast web sites
I use the Met Office site quite a bit for immediate forecasting - especially the rainfall radar page which can give a good idea of what is just over the horizon and making a beeline for you.
Topic: Weather forecast web sites
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 30/04/2009 14:49:19   Subject: Weather forecast web sites
As the majority of the weather forecasts derive from the Met Office anyway, why not look at their site direct?

[url]http://www.meto.gov.uk[/url]

[tweak]Link fixed[/tweak]
Topic: How to dig a slate mine?
Peter Burgess

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 30/04/2009 11:56:59   Subject: How to dig a slate mine?
Some smart Alec is now busy working out the ratio for diamond extraction......
Topic: How to dig a slate mine?
Peter Burgess

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 30/04/2009 11:14:46   Subject: How to dig a slate mine?
[quote="Vanoord"]To be fair, the extraction ratio for gold is absolutely terrible - a couple of ounces per tonne if I recall correctly?

[/quote]Well, I did qualify my claim with the words "
Topic: Cwmorthin book (Isherwood)
Peter Burgess

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 30/04/2009 09:54:24   Subject: Cwmorthin book (Isherwood)
I half heard on BBC R4 an article about digital printing. From what I did hear, it seems that the concept of buying a freshly printed book on the High Street might be on the horizon. Books are made av
Topic: How to dig a slate mine?
Peter Burgess

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 30/04/2009 09:46:57   Subject: How to dig a slate mine?
I think the extraction ratio for a number of non-metalliferous materials is quite similar - china clay and granite to name but two.
Topic: How to dig a slate mine?
Peter Burgess

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 30/04/2009 09:32:22   Subject: How to dig a slate mine?
Regarding waste, I was alway under the impression that 90 percent of the rock removed is not good enough for splitting for quality slating material, so it has to be dumped.
Topic: Cwmorthin book (Isherwood)
Peter Burgess

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 26/04/2009 22:24:21   Subject: Cwmorthin book (Isherwood)
Yes - easy-peasy [u]IF[/u] it already exists as a PDF or Word document. Paper quality is so-so however, unless several hundred are ordered in bulk. The Snailbeach Lead Mine book was published by me vi
Topic: Mining and quarrying archaeology
Peter Burgess

Forum: Events   Posted: 24/04/2009 12:00:59   Subject: Mining and quarrying archaeology
Kevin and Peter might not thank you for posting email addresses, for naughty people to harvet and use for spam. They should be edited to read [at] or {at] or similar instead of @

Topic: Didn't we have a lovely time - Colliery Day Trips
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 23/04/2009 11:30:16   Subject: Didn't we have a lovely time - Colliery Day Trips
Maybe there is a way to categorise the size and significance of a mine, by answering the following:

If you had to organise a day at the beach for the workforce would you hire

a)
Topic: Data Base 'identify as'
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 22/04/2009 18:21:30   Subject: Data Base 'identify as'
Things can look pretty weird at the moment with titles like "Fred's Other Rock Mine" ! So let's not try to be too clever and just have railway, tramway, canal etc.

Imagine "Fred's Other Roc
Topic: Data Base 'identify as'
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 22/04/2009 12:49:03   Subject: Data Base 'identify as'
[quote="spitfire"]I think China clay pit & China stone pits should be included.
We should remember that china clay is second only to North Sea oil in respects of exports. The inclusion of transpo
Topic: Data Base 'identify as'
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 22/04/2009 11:56:23   Subject: Data Base 'identify as'
Canal? Or should we have "Transport Feature" to cover all? I appreciate there are few mining specific canals - Tavistock comes to mind.
Topic: Engine Houses - And Clocks?
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 19/04/2009 13:14:51   Subject: Engine Houses - And Clocks?
Jack Trounson's "Mining in Cornwall - vol. 1" photo no. 107 shows an engine house at Wheal Agar (90in engine) complete with clock. The photo also features on the front cover of the book.
Topic: First steam engine USA
Peter Burgess

Forum: North America   Posted: 18/04/2009 19:49:05   Subject: First steam engine USA
The little drawing in the top right seems to be a vehicle with both wheels and a paddle wheel at the back. Very odd. Maybe a hybrid canal steam boat/rail or road locomotive?
Topic: First steam engine USA
Peter Burgess

Forum: North America   Posted: 18/04/2009 19:13:29   Subject: First steam engine USA
Do you know what it was used for? I can't read the small print.
Topic: Essential Reading Project
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 17/04/2009 14:15:45   Subject: Essential Reading Project
Cornish Mining (2nd Ed)
Cornwall
Bryan Earl
Publ: Cornish Hillside Publications
ISBN 0951941933

An excellent and thorough introduction to mining techniques used in Cornw
Topic: Damage in Smallcleugh
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 17/04/2009 10:26:31   Subject: Damage in Smallcleugh
Though not mine-related, the Fairy Cave Quarry (Somerset) story is a text-book example of how commercial considerations were voluntarily set aside in the interests of conservation. Before the quarry c
Topic: Museum List Project
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 16/04/2009 19:31:40   Subject: Museum List Project
Reigate Caves
Reigate
Surrey
enquiries(at}wcms.org.uk
[url]http://www.wcms.org.uk/pages/club/reigate_caves.shtml#dates[/url]
The caves in Reigate are open four times a year. T
Topic: Damage in Smallcleugh
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 16/04/2009 19:21:33   Subject: Damage in Smallcleugh
That's exactly how the situation was misunderstood when it came up as I described. Minerat has done the same thing. What you do as an amateur exploring old mines is entirely your business provided you
Topic: Essential Reading Project
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 16/04/2009 19:16:33   Subject: Essential Reading Project
East Surrey Underground
Surrey - mines and tunnels
Peter Burgess
Peter Burgess
no ISBN
in print
£10.50 INC p+p
[url]http://www.wcms.org.uk/pages/esu_book_sale_nov200
Topic: Essential Reading Project
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 16/04/2009 19:12:47   Subject: Essential Reading Project
Kent and East Sussex Underground
Kent/East Sussex - mines and tunnels
Kent Underground Research Group
Meresborough Books
Out of print
£5.95
[url]http://www.moorebooks.co.
Topic: Essential Reading Project
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 16/04/2009 18:59:08   Subject: Essential Reading Project
Should this topic encompass essential reading that is specific to a region, as well as general mine exploration/history?
Topic: New forum area - Member Projects
Peter Burgess

Forum: Member Projects   Posted: 16/04/2009 18:56:44   Subject: New forum area - Member Projects
Thank you for that. I can see such a section proving very useful.
Topic: Damage in Smallcleugh
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 16/04/2009 18:53:15   Subject: Damage in Smallcleugh
[quote="Level1"][quote="TimH"]Details of the Smallcleugh SSSI are on Natural England's website - [url]http://www.english-nature.org.uk/special/sssi/sssi_details.cfm?sssi_id=1005631[/url]

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