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Topic: Nenthead and the Snow
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 07/03/2018 08:41:52   Subject: Nenthead and the Snow
One mistake I noticed in this account I referred to Thomas Hethrington it should read as manyreaders will know already it is George Hethrington.
The name Dodd level which joins Scraithole mine to
Topic: Nenthead and the Snow
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 06/03/2018 19:36:41   Subject: Nenthead and the Snow
Hi Roy,
Nice that you have kept this stuff I sent you years ago.This file that Peter has uplifted makes very interesting reading, hence my question on the copying of it!
I did notice copies
Topic: Nenthead and the Snow
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 05/03/2018 22:00:49   Subject: Nenthead and the Snow
Hi Peter,
Glad to see you have posted up what maps the society presumably holds, are you making copies available?
Topic: Nenthead and the Snow
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 05/03/2018 19:30:50   Subject: Nenthead and the Snow
Have noticed in the main news that Nenthead and a few other villages in Cumbria have been completely cut off by the snow.
Reminds me of times gone by!
Except on previous occasions, villagers
Topic: Coninish Gold Mine
John Lawson

Forum: Mid Wales   Posted: 27/02/2018 19:30:38   Subject: Coninish Gold Mine
Hi just noticed that Scotgold have been given the planning permission they needed to go ahead with the development of this mine!
It is a long time since we had a producing gold mine in Scotland!<
Topic: Sand saws
John Lawson

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 22/02/2018 19:41:42   Subject: Sand saws
I assume that these sand saws, were powered by water to rotate a shaft, which then turned a steel disc, running in water, which picked up sand from a sump, underneath the disc?
The blade, picking
Topic: Another Peak District run-in
John Lawson

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 17/02/2018 20:25:30   Subject: Another Peak District run-in
But not apparently South Wales,!
Not that the Peak District is there!
I am also reminded that when ever the great Lisbon earthquake hit, some time in the mid eighteenth century, it was state
Topic: Old Moulds
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 16/02/2018 22:12:20   Subject: Old Moulds
When I was last there you went down a hole behind it.
May have changed, since that time which was about 10years ago!
Topic: Another Peak District run-in
John Lawson

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 16/02/2018 22:06:27   Subject: Another Peak District run-in
Do not forget even in the U.K. we have 300 earthquakes a year. Of which 30 can and will be felt.
Hence my point, some sligh movement can do a lot of damage in ground which has never been consolid
Topic: Another Peak District run-in
John Lawson

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 15/02/2018 20:00:28   Subject: Another Peak District run-in
If my memory serves me correctly, I always understood that Hucklow Edge Vein is also a fault, and as we all know faults can move.
This might be the reason for these holes appearing in the area.
Topic: Where Is It.... ? North Pennines.
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 13/02/2018 19:21:35   Subject: Where Is It.... ? North Pennines.
Well put Heb!
Topic: Where Is It.... ? North Pennines.
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 10/02/2018 19:47:10   Subject: Where Is It.... ? North Pennines.
Looks like Strontisn, to me, Jim!
Not as it is today, but as it was when it was working, some 30years ago.
Topic: Heights Mine
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 24/01/2018 20:58:09   Subject: Heights Mine
Peter there is a plan of Heights mine, made by THE man, in his collection at the DRO.
It is on graph paper, many of his plans were, when I return home will look out is reference No.
You have
Topic: Milwr Tunnel & Olwyn Goch news
John Lawson

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 17/01/2018 19:34:18   Subject: Milwr Tunnel & Olwyn Goch news
Thanks Martin,
It is good to see that the U/g manager working for a utility company, has taken the time to read through our comments.
We on this site appreciate that,
once again, thanks
Topic: Milwr Tunnel & Olwyn Goch news
John Lawson

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 13/01/2018 20:44:58   Subject: Milwr Tunnel & Olwyn Goch news
Graigfawr,
What about increased risks of lung cancer from passive smoking?
We live in a area where Radon, is associated with our local granodiorite, and for a while their was a program to fi
Topic: Milwr Tunnel & Olwyn Goch news
John Lawson

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 10/01/2018 21:39:22   Subject: Milwr Tunnel & Olwyn Goch news
This Halkyn Mines information, has been a real eye opener for me!
Thanks everyone, keep the stuff coming in and reporting it.
Changing the topic slightly, is the earlier Halkyn Deep Level a
Topic: Milwr Tunnel & Olwyn Goch news
John Lawson

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 09/01/2018 20:15:13   Subject: Milwr Tunnel & Olwyn Goch news
Roy I am in complete agreement with your assessment of the Flintshire lead Mines site.
One obvious question for me is:
Who put it up?
Topic: Milwr Tunnel & Olwyn Goch news
John Lawson

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 08/01/2018 19:34:22   Subject: Milwr Tunnel & Olwyn Goch news
ant 89,
Thanks for posting the update on the remedial work being carried out by United Utilities, clearly the message has got through, that you cannot just leave these underground drainage levels
Topic: Milwr Tunnel & Olwyn Goch news
John Lawson

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 07/01/2018 20:30:11   Subject: Milwr Tunnel & Olwyn Goch news
Graigfawr,
Thanks for posting up the link to the video, for someone like myself, who has only read about the Halkyn system, it makes for interesting viewing.
A number of points come to mi
Topic: Battery charging warning
John Lawson

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 27/12/2017 08:50:03   Subject: Battery charging warning
Must admit guys, that with a new Oldham lead acid, and making sure that the topping seal was clean, and thoroughly tightened we personally never had any problems of acid leakage.
I think these n
Topic: Battery charging warning
John Lawson

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 26/12/2017 20:59:33   Subject: Battery charging warning
When I started ‘mining’ way back, sometimes I think it was before the Ark!
Second hand NiFe lamps were extremely common, since the NCB, had ‘given up on them’, due to their high incidence of caus
Topic: Battery charging warning
John Lawson

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 22/12/2017 21:23:34   Subject: Battery charging warning
Just another thread, Lozz mentioned Vanadium!
This system seems to preferred by the big providers such as National Grid, as an alternative to the South Australia, Tesla set up,
Unfortunately
Topic: Battery charging warning
John Lawson

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 21/12/2017 20:01:32   Subject: Battery charging warning
Whilst I agree with you that a lot of effort and thought has gone into these batteries, the point I am making is that not every operating process has been looked at yet!
Presumably if it had then
Topic: Battery charging warning
John Lawson

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 21/12/2017 19:31:24   Subject: Battery charging warning
Roy,
Everybody who has done a little bit of Chemistry, knows that Lithium is a highly reactive metal, being in the same group of the periodic Table as that well known, Chemistry teachers, pet dem
Topic: Driverless Trucks, in Iron ore Mines!
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/12/2017 19:32:59   Subject: Driverless Trucks, in Iron ore Mines!
I note that our Anglo/Australian Mining Company is to substantially increase the number of its driverless dumper trucks.
They initially were only made by the Komatsu company, but in the latest pr
Topic: BCA Insurance
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/12/2017 19:43:53   Subject: BCA Insurance
We have used the green card on various visits to working Mines and quarries
True these managers, have in many cases never seen the card before but, having explained to them what it is about, the
Topic: Grey Gold /Greenside
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 11/12/2017 21:54:14   Subject: Grey Gold /Greenside
As Ian Tyler, makes perfectly clear no Atomic Weapons, were ever tested at Greenside.
P119- 120 of his book Greenside Mine and the mines of the ullswater Valley.
He also clearly explains her
Topic: In the news recently...
John Lawson

Forum: North America   Posted: 07/12/2017 10:16:36   Subject: In the news recently...
Hi Roy,
It is just not a U.K. thing either.
Road signs in Ireland are often illegegible, not to mention the same thing in Cyprus, and on a recent visit to Northern Italy, whole areas of the
Topic: In the news recently...
John Lawson

Forum: North America   Posted: 06/12/2017 19:27:42   Subject: In the news recently...
Assuming what was shown on the video is accurate, one thing our Canadian cousins, have somehow managed to do is to prevent the daubing of the walls of the opencut with slogans and other graffiti.
Topic: Lichen as guide to chronology
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 02/12/2017 22:26:29   Subject: Lichen as guide to chronology
I always, understand that lichens were used to measure air pollution.
However on one occasion Robert & I were parked outside Rampgill mine entrance when a guy came up and took a few samples from
Topic: There be gold...
John Lawson

Forum: Mining Heritage   Posted: 29/11/2017 20:06:46   Subject: There be gold...
As you are probably aware, the owners of the Tyndrum gold mine, processed some of the ore in the tips, and the extracted
was sold at a much higher price than bullion, simply because it was Scotti
Topic: New Gold Min for Northen Ireland.
John Lawson

Forum: Northern Ireland   Posted: 29/11/2017 20:01:15   Subject: New Gold Min for Northen Ireland.
We have been impressed with the operations that Dalradian have carried out.
They appear to have outlined a a large gold deposit, which is probably on of the worlds largest untapped deposits.
Topic: any ideas ? (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 22/10/2017 21:55:28   Subject: any ideas ? (photo)
Used to see them used in Whiteheaps, where a winch pulled tubs up the incline to surface.
Usually covered in grease at their edges, otherwise they ended up like the one you have a picture of.
Topic: Aged Members
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/10/2017 20:40:40   Subject: Aged Members
As Roy is just a tard younger than myself, and I am not yet 77, it seems a little optimistic to state that he was down Brewery shaft at this age.
No doubt he was down there during the NAMHO meet,
Topic: Miners' greeting
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/10/2017 20:36:05   Subject: Miners' greeting
I understand that the traditional Derbyshire miner's greeting, is 'a good health to all mynes and maintainers of mynes'

Topic: Aged Members
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/10/2017 21:46:23   Subject: Aged Members
Hi, as a definate, aged member of this site, I would offer the following suggestions:
Any lamps and memorabilia I would put, as you suggest on E-bay, just one or two at a time!
Museums, have
Topic: Poor air in Scaleburn
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 09/10/2017 19:26:13   Subject: Poor air in Scaleburn
Nick, thanks for the O2 update.
As I suggested it would appear that the air in this mine is very weather dependant.
I had noticed this in Rampgill itself, but have not made any O2 measuremen
Topic: Poor air in Scaleburn
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 08/10/2017 20:22:30   Subject: Poor air in Scaleburn
Hi as promised figures taken by us, 26.9.93,
Showed the main H.L. to contain 20.8% O2
The horse whim flat to have 20.4 -20.5% O2
At the oil drum it was 20.3% O2
Topic: Poor air in Scaleburn
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 02/10/2017 21:46:07   Subject: Poor air in Scaleburn
Hi Nick,
Great to see you back on AN, yes an appraisal of this entrance section might improve the air flow.
It was the far end's poor air which stopped us from going further with this dig, w
Topic: Poor air in Scaleburn
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 01/10/2017 22:59:35   Subject: Poor air in Scaleburn
Thanks for the update- steetleysurfer,
When I was last in there our oildrums were blocked and there was no easy way on!
Not that getting through these oildrums was easy! We had put in one co
Topic: Poor air in Scaleburn
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 01/10/2017 21:08:04   Subject: Poor air in Scaleburn
Hi Nick,
When we opened up, Scaleburn Vein, I am pretty sure, from memory, that the air in the whim chamber, was around 20%.
As I am in the Irish Republic at the minute I am not able to acce
Topic: Electic Dumper
John Lawson

Forum: Mining Methods & Techniques   Posted: 23/09/2017 12:51:55   Subject: Electic Dumper
Whilst it is easy to get enthused about these electrical vehicles, there are lots of problems, some of which are hinted at in the piece.
Large Lithium batteries are going to used for storage in s
Topic: Mining term: Bouse
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 19/09/2017 20:47:40   Subject: Mining term: Bouse
Hi Yorkshire man,
Point noted!
Has any one checked in De Remetallica?
Which as far as I know is the earliest recorded book on Mining terms.
Topic: Mining term: Bouse
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 18/09/2017 19:34:29   Subject: Mining term: Bouse
Aldahar,
Asked what was meant by Bouse, this has been answered by legend rider, quite correctly as run of mine ore.
It would be marked up in the mine, from the ore shoot, then trimmed out in
Topic: Historic Photographs Of Pates Knowes (album)
John Lawson

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 17/09/2017 21:23:21   Subject: Historic Photographs Of Pates Knowes (album)
Hi Jim,
Thanks for putting up this picture, however it is not the Pates Knowes smelter, but the later, Meadowfoot one!
The former has no visible flues going up the hill, whearas in the latt
Topic: Richard ' Dick' Barstow
John Lawson

Forum: South West England   Posted: 13/09/2017 20:29:36   Subject: Richard ' Dick' Barstow
Hi Colin,
How did you get on with the mines & minerals article, I suggested you looked up?
Topic: Nenthead Mines Spray Paint!!
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 13/09/2017 18:19:38   Subject: Nenthead Mines Spray Paint!!
Cannot imagine why anyone needed any arrows in Scaleburn!
Roy helped us 'dig out' the H.L as far as we thought, to clear safely at that time.
I worked from L.LC. and V.M. Plans.
Since o
Topic: another mine lost
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 04/09/2017 19:17:23   Subject: another mine lost
Having taken a look yesterday, the Red Vein entrances have been buried using a JCB or similar.
Would have thought that this could not happen without the landowner's permission?
Topic: Nenthead Mines Spray Paint!!
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 31/08/2017 19:41:18   Subject: Nenthead Mines Spray Paint!!
We have been down the 'key route before, and clearly there are 2 distinct positions on this issue.
As for the spray paint, this really is a Problem
Smallcleugh has been the main sufferer her
Topic: RICH SEAM OF LEAD FOUND IN SCOTLAND.
John Lawson

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 31/08/2017 19:33:32   Subject: RICH SEAM OF LEAD FOUND IN SCOTLAND.
Clearly someone was completely fooled into making this statement!
Lead is normally found as the Sulphide, galena.
Hence can never be 'pure'.
At the most it can only be around 85% lead.<
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