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Posts by Peter Burgess

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Topic: Furnaces
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 05/03/2009 12:20:12   Subject: Furnaces
It's OK with me. Are we running out of mines to enter? I could trawl Straker for Wealden iron furnace and forge sites - the ore was often extracted in the immediate vicinity, so there is quite a close
Topic: Chislehurst Chalk Mine
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 05/03/2009 09:55:47   Subject: Chislehurst Chalk Mine
I too have taken people into Surrey mines for many years. We tell them the history and archaeology, which might sound dead boring, but only last night I was running such a trip with some people who we
Topic: Chislehurst Chalk Mine
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 05/03/2009 09:15:50   Subject: Chislehurst Chalk Mine
Hi Pete.

Amongst my friends, Chislehurst cave is famous for two things. Its use in the war as a shelter, and for the stories told to tourists. Like it or not, the stories are now 'part' of
Topic: Tunnel breakthrough
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 26/02/2009 19:32:00   Subject: Tunnel breakthrough
Surrey will then have not only the oldest road tunnel but the longest as well.

This final link in the dualling of the A3 London-Portsmouth road was a big story round here a year or two bac
Topic: Thrislington Colliery
Peter Burgess

Forum: North East England   Posted: 23/02/2009 23:15:54   Subject: Thrislington Colliery
[url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zhgzy3YU5yI&[/url]

Another NCB training film, full of action and detail.
Topic: The Lambton Worm
Peter Burgess

Forum: North East England   Posted: 23/02/2009 22:33:46   Subject: The Lambton Worm
[url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6mOS7bC9Ic&[/url]

Was this a one-off?
Topic: Power of Beam Engines
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/02/2009 15:16:54   Subject: Power of Beam Engines
If mining engineers of the 20th century ended up disputing simple mechanical principles like you lot, it's no wonder they all went over to electric pumps. :lol: ;)
Topic: Betchworth Lime-Works railways
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 20/02/2009 13:02:42   Subject: Betchworth Lime-Works railways
[url]http://www.historycooperative.org/journals/sia/30.2/travis.html[/url]

Some while ago I found this fascinating account of a lime-works in terminal decline. The description is so vivid,
Topic: dog portraits
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/02/2009 11:37:24   Subject: dog portraits
That's one clever dog.

What medium does this dog work in? Watercolour? Pencil? Oils?
Topic: Dawdon Colliery, Co. Durham
Peter Burgess

Forum: Mine Tramways and Railways   Posted: 19/02/2009 22:45:49   Subject: Dawdon Colliery, Co. Durham
Short but excellent old film clip.

[url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lR2p7eTzA10&[/url]
Topic: NCB Film Unit production from 1975
Peter Burgess

Forum: Mining Methods & Techniques   Posted: 19/02/2009 22:42:23   Subject: NCB Film Unit production from 1975
Some great informative footage from the 1970s.

[url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqaGCUioh-4&[/url]

[url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unU_c7hZawU&[/url]

[url]http:
Topic: Power of Beam Engines
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 19/02/2009 21:44:13   Subject: Power of Beam Engines
[url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pe4BOWG8-gQ[/url]


;D
Topic: Power of Beam Engines
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 19/02/2009 20:55:23   Subject: Power of Beam Engines
That's very roughly the laden weight (give or take a bag or two) of an Airbus A380, is it not ICLOK ?
Topic: Should I just give up mine exploring?!?
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 19/02/2009 19:58:07   Subject: Should I just give up mine exploring?!?
Indeed, "as you were", please. One of the things I really like about this website is the real lack of political debate (otherwise known as pointless argument). In that respect it is a delight to come
Topic: Ox cues - a puzzle
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 18/02/2009 22:55:44   Subject: Ox cues - a puzzle
[url]http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=IYpBAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA1030&dq=%22ox+shoe%22&as_brr=1#PPA1030,M1[/url]

Google Books comes to the rescue!

"The shoeing of oxen is a practice whi
Topic: For the Narrow Gauge Fans - DBR
Peter Burgess

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 18/02/2009 22:36:44   Subject: For the Narrow Gauge Fans - DBR
Indeed it is. And here is a mining connection - it used to be parked up at Brockham Pits in Surrey, directly over an old hearthstone mine. :smartass:
Topic: Power of Beam Engines
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 18/02/2009 22:32:20   Subject: Power of Beam Engines
I just like watching and listening to them working. I'm not bothered about anything more technical than that. :confused:
Topic: For the Narrow Gauge Fans - DBR
Peter Burgess

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 18/02/2009 22:09:54   Subject: For the Narrow Gauge Fans - DBR
Good, isn't it? :) I didn't mean your post was off-topic - just the film.
Topic: For the Narrow Gauge Fans - DBR
Peter Burgess

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 18/02/2009 21:50:05   Subject: For the Narrow Gauge Fans - DBR
[quote="derrickman"].... the 30" gauge also has the great advantage that the locos are powerful enough, and the wagons sufficiently stable, to carry standard gauge wagons on transporters - the Manifol
Topic: Ox cues - a puzzle
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 18/02/2009 15:36:51   Subject: Ox cues - a puzzle
No, but I will now. Thanks.
Topic: Plumstead Chalk Workings
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 18/02/2009 15:09:09   Subject: Plumstead Chalk Workings
I recommend you contact the Kent Underground Research Group - details at www.kurg.org.uk

Topic: Plumstead Chalk Workings
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 18/02/2009 14:42:28   Subject: Plumstead Chalk Workings
Others may be more qualified than me to comment, but my understanding, if this person is who I think it might be, is considered by many reputable local mine historians to be a 'dubious source of relia
Topic: Ox cues - a puzzle
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 18/02/2009 14:31:41   Subject: Ox cues - a puzzle
16th century probably. So well before new breeds introduced as part of the "agricultural revolution". I can find several refs to shoeing oxen, but none of them indicate whether two were fitted per foo
Topic: Ox cues - a puzzle
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 18/02/2009 11:35:56   Subject: Ox cues - a puzzle
Yes, I can see perhaps that tying the two toes together would give problems, both in ability to walk, and also I suspect with injuries and possible infections. I suppose one half of the foot might pro
Topic: Ox cues - a puzzle
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 18/02/2009 10:58:49   Subject: Ox cues - a puzzle
I am trying to work out a rather specific puzzle at the moment.

First, take a look at the image below.

[link]Chaldon-Firestone-Quarries-Sandstone-Quarry-User-Album-Image-003[link
Topic: What is it?
Peter Burgess

Forum: North East England   Posted: 17/02/2009 09:28:01   Subject: What is it?
Anything to do with sheep?
Topic: What is it?
Peter Burgess

Forum: North East England   Posted: 17/02/2009 00:10:43   Subject: What is it?
I suppose you have checked old-maps.co.uk? I couldn't see anything, and the most recent map there is 1924.
Topic: Power of Beam Engines
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 16/02/2009 23:21:21   Subject: Power of Beam Engines
Getting a little off-topic, but have a look round YouTube for recordings of the Kew engines. Search for Kew Bridge engines.

[url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOudaWLFW0g[/url]

Topic: Power of Beam Engines
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 16/02/2009 22:37:24   Subject: Power of Beam Engines
Several times have I watched with fascination the starting of the engines at Kew Bridge. It doesn't normally take very long before they can be left alone to run very nicely.
Topic: Same Camera - different colour
Peter Burgess

Forum: Underground Photography & Video   Posted: 16/02/2009 22:02:42   Subject: Same Camera - different colour
The rest of the photos uploaded now. We are planning a third trip even deeper into the workings - no date set as yet.
Topic: Power of Beam Engines
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 16/02/2009 18:28:15   Subject: Power of Beam Engines
Doesn't that depend on whether P is absolute or gauge pressure?
Topic: Same Camera - different colour
Peter Burgess

Forum: Underground Photography & Video   Posted: 15/02/2009 22:50:29   Subject: Same Camera - different colour
Four photos from today's trip uploaded - a few more to follow tomorrow perhaps. (See Chaldon Firestone Quarries User Album). Fiddling with the white balance setting has certainly produced a better col
Topic: Stowes Shaft, Cheesewring.
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 14/02/2009 21:58:39   Subject: Stowes Shaft, Cheesewring.
Good grief. Think of all the granite laden trains that trundled over that!
Topic: Should I just give up mine exploring?!?
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/02/2009 19:56:53   Subject: Should I just give up mine exploring?!?
[quote="ICLOK"]No never thought you did/had :flowers: ..... Apologies to everyone if I seem a bit naffed off and rattled with the authorities but from my earliest days of being any sort of enthusiast
Topic: Should I just give up mine exploring?!?
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/02/2009 23:12:09   Subject: Should I just give up mine exploring?!?
How do you deal with it? Ignore it. Exercise your rights but also be aware of other people's sensitivities within reason. Defining "within reason" is becoming more and more difficult nowadays.
Topic: Should I just give up mine exploring?!?
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/02/2009 22:44:10   Subject: Should I just give up mine exploring?!?
[quote="ICLOK"]Gods and I was starting to believe i was the only one....

I was last stopped in the peak district whilst photographing the CHPR from a layby on the A515, I was asked what I w
Topic: Should I just give up mine exploring?!?
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/02/2009 20:44:11   Subject: Should I just give up mine exploring?!?
[quote="PeteHall"]This afternoon, I headed across Weardale to have a look at a mine or two, but somehow things just didn't turn out as I'd planned.

First on the list was Hope Level, which w
Topic: Tregrehan Consols mine
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 10/02/2009 18:12:38   Subject: Tregrehan Consols mine
Extract from AKHJ:

Boscundle Mine, later to form part of Wheal Eliza is mentioned in a deed of 1620 when Mr. Trewbody, the mineral lord, granted the sett to John Hodge and Richard Pendray a
Topic: Tregrehan Consols mine
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 10/02/2009 14:53:02   Subject: Tregrehan Consols mine
[quote="stuey"]You probably want Hamilton Jenkin's book "St Austell to Saltash" (weeny thing with a lot of info). There is a bit in Dines, but not that much.

There are a few chaps in St Au
Topic: Same Camera - different colour
Peter Burgess

Forum: Underground Photography & Video   Posted: 09/02/2009 21:13:59   Subject: Same Camera - different colour
The only dancers I know are Hungarian. :confused:
Topic: Same Camera - different colour
Peter Burgess

Forum: Underground Photography & Video   Posted: 09/02/2009 20:42:50   Subject: Same Camera - different colour
[quote="Wormster"]Peter,

Are any of your M/E mates smokers?? if so find one who rolls his own and nick a few rizlas off him, bung one over the onboard flash - it'll act as a kind of diffus
Topic: Same Camera - different colour
Peter Burgess

Forum: Underground Photography & Video   Posted: 09/02/2009 20:30:59   Subject: Same Camera - different colour
[quote="pacef8"]dont forget your old film will be calibrated for midday californian sunshine, you used to be able to buy tungsten specific film if you where only doing flash, but know one ever did.
Topic: Same Camera - different colour
Peter Burgess

Forum: Underground Photography & Video   Posted: 09/02/2009 20:28:35   Subject: Same Camera - different colour
[ light bulb moment ]

If I am using flash on camera, the internals of the camera would know I am doing this, and possibly compensate for the colour of the flash? As the washed out photos ar
Topic: Same Camera - different colour
Peter Burgess

Forum: Underground Photography & Video   Posted: 09/02/2009 20:25:51   Subject: Same Camera - different colour
Cheers everyone. That should be a simple thing to experiment with next weekend. I'll post up the results! :thumbsup:
Topic: Chaldon Quarries - photo trip
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 09/02/2009 20:04:44   Subject: Chaldon Quarries - photo trip
We are going again next Sunday. A chance to play with the camera settings to see if I can bring some colour back into my life. :(
Topic: Same Camera - different colour
Peter Burgess

Forum: Underground Photography & Video   Posted: 09/02/2009 20:03:20   Subject: Same Camera - different colour
So the flash on the camera is a substantially different colour to the old guns I have? Why would that be? All the photos I used to take with my faithful old SLR using those guns looked fine colourwise
Topic: Same Camera - different colour
Peter Burgess

Forum: Underground Photography & Video   Posted: 09/02/2009 16:58:47   Subject: Same Camera - different colour
Here's a question for the photographic techies.

The two photos below were taken with the same camera.

The first is a simple "flash on camera"

The second, taken in the
Topic: Chaldon Quarries - photo trip
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 08/02/2009 23:28:06   Subject: Chaldon Quarries - photo trip
A significant proportion of Westminster Abbey was carried over the Downs and down to London in the 13th/14th centuries. Although it did take them about 100 years to do it!
And then there is Edwar
Topic: Chaldon Quarries - photo trip
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 08/02/2009 22:50:11   Subject: Chaldon Quarries - photo trip
Hi John. I'd like to know as well! The vast majority of the stone was taken to wharves on the south bank of the Thames, where it seems to have been stockpiled, and then taken on the river, either to t
Topic: Chaldon Quarries - photo trip
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 08/02/2009 21:30:49   Subject: Chaldon Quarries - photo trip
An excellent trip today to take some photos of interesting features. Many of my earlier photos were pretty bland, and a lot of others I have access to have been group shots, which although a nice reco
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