Mine exploration, photographs and mining history for mine explorers, industrial archaeologists, researchers and historians Mine explorer and mining history videos on YouTube Connect with other mine explorers on Facebook
Tip: do not include 'mine' or 'quarry', search by name e.g. 'cwmorthin', use 'Sounds like search' if unsure of spelling

Advanced Search
'Sounds like search'
Quick a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z
Tip: narrow down your search by typing more than one word and selecting 'Search for all words' or 'Exact search'

Search for any word
Search for all words
Exact search
Tip: narrow down your search by typing more than one word and selecting 'Search for all words' or 'Exact search'

Search for any word
Search for all words
Exact search

Posts by John Lawson

Showing 914 results below:

Author Message
Topic: smallcleugh
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 07/06/2017 08:38:50   Subject: smallcleugh
Nick, you Might be able to push it through on the main level, rather than dragging it through Hethers!
It is years since I went directly up the main level, and it was tight then, and with the mov
Topic: smallcleugh
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 06/06/2017 19:19:44   Subject: smallcleugh
This area of Second Sun Vein has been on the move for years!
Almost the whole length from Cow Hill Cross Vein, to junction with Smallcleugh Vein at Gypsum Corner.
I noted that the actual gin
Topic: Barras End Mine Caverns
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 05/06/2017 19:40:18   Subject: Barras End Mine Caverns
The caverns are shown on the A.D. abandonment plans, they look both extensive and interesting.
We dug the falls in Barras End low level when I first became interested in this mining area, some 50
Topic: Skears Firestone (circa 1970/71) (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 04/06/2017 20:52:39   Subject: Skears Firestone (circa 1970/71) (photo)
hi Jim,
This is a pretty old photo.
When I first met your Dad, John McNeil quizzed him about the mine.
As I knew nothing about the Skears, it meant little to me, then, but this comment
Topic: Bradford Colliery (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 03/06/2017 21:43:40   Subject: Bradford Colliery (photo)
hi Chris,
Thanks for posting this one up.
It brings back times when I lived close by to the pit.
If memory serves me correctly when it was closed, there was still a lot of coal left in
Topic: Bridge over flooded sump (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 29/05/2017 19:37:50   Subject: Bridge over flooded sump (photo)
Roy,
Obviously great minds, think alike!
Topic: Bridge over flooded sump (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 29/05/2017 19:14:14   Subject: Bridge over flooded sump (photo)
This adit which was dug out by us, is a lower one than the other shown previously.
One of our group has carried out historical research, which shows that it had not been entered since the late 17
Topic: Lochaline Silica Mine
John Lawson

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 24/05/2017 19:20:38   Subject: Lochaline Silica Mine
Noticed in yesterday's Times an encouraging snippet on this mine.
Apparently £ 1 million is to be invested in upgrading the mine's facilities.
It is a joint venture between an Italian compan
Topic: Hello to all
John Lawson

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 17/05/2017 20:00:07   Subject: Hello to all
Hi Steve,
Do not be so dispondant,
We achieved a lot at Airthrie Hill mine at Bridge of Allan, have a careful look, even I have yet to see it all!
Topic: Thievery
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 16/05/2017 19:32:56   Subject: Thievery
I remember this corner well, having slept in my car in the lay by, on the left, towards Alston, on a couple of occasions.
One of our friends, left the keys in his car on this bend, went off for a
Topic: Caplecleugh Low Level, Nenthead
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 12/05/2017 20:25:26   Subject: Caplecleugh Low Level, Nenthead
Mark I can certainly assure you the foot damage, caused by the stupid fall on the manhole cover, was definitely not psychological!
It took 6 months to heal up!
Topic: Anglezarke Lead Mine (mine)
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 04/05/2017 20:00:37   Subject: Anglezarke Lead Mine (mine)
Most important contribution from this mine is that Dr. Withering, first observed witherite,here.
As such it is the type locality for this mineral.
It is some 50 years since I was here.
Topic: Long Rake
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/05/2017 19:50:28   Subject: Long Rake
No doubt there will always be a market for rough cast.
Except in the east Long Rake has been well known for calcite production.
Even in the Highlands, some of the clippings from marble quarr
Topic: Long Rake
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 30/04/2017 21:15:14   Subject: Long Rake
Maybe you guys in Derbyshire may have to challenge it!
This mine has been closed for years, and mine explorers have been in and out, presumably without hinderence for nearly as long, making it a
Topic: Most embarassing moment underground....
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 30/04/2017 10:00:04   Subject: Most embarassing moment underground....
My worst moment underground took place exactly 25 years ago!
We were exploring part of Middelceugh North Vein, looking for the connection(s) with Capelcleugh at Smallcleugh random.
The part
Topic: Wittenoom - Australia blue asbestos mining
John Lawson

Forum: Australasia   Posted: 21/04/2017 20:38:36   Subject: Wittenoom - Australia blue asbestos mining
One can only commiserate with the poor miners who were kept in ignorance, of what they were actually doing. i.e. shortening their lives by a considerable amount.
I remember as a young lad in the
Topic: Interesting historical mining site
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 18/04/2017 19:14:20   Subject: Interesting historical mining site
Having checked this mining site which shows how copper nuggets may be removed I cannot imagine any resulting alteration,of the mineralogy or geology of the passageways by these actions. Nowhere can I
Topic: Interesting historical mining site
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 17/04/2017 19:24:01   Subject: Interesting historical mining site
Thanks for putting up this site for us.
I for one did not realise that they were at least 80 different carbide, head lamp makes.
I think Jimbo, whilst he has a point, it does not seem to
Topic: Caplecelugh High Level Link.
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 12/04/2017 19:41:50   Subject: Caplecelugh High Level Link.
Thanks for the info Roy, normally, these days on public holidays, we tend to stay in Scotland, and this weekend will be no exception.
Naturally glad to hear that you are at least letting someone
Topic: Caplecelugh High Level Link.
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 11/04/2017 19:49:16   Subject: Caplecelugh High Level Link.
Roy I always admire your tenacity and undoubted skill, but as someone who has been in a lot of the areas you mention, I sincerely hope that you tell someone where you are going on these solo trips?
Topic: Caplecelugh High Level Link.
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 10/04/2017 19:21:43   Subject: Caplecelugh High Level Link.
Congratulations on your work in CHL.
Agree with the suggestion that explorations in this mine will always, be treated with a great deal of respect!
The water is deep, filled with crocodiles
Topic: Caplecelugh High Level Link.
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 10/04/2017 19:21:41   Subject: Caplecelugh High Level Link.
Congratulations on your work in CHL.
Agree with the suggestion that explorations in this mine will always, be treated with a great deal of respect!
The water is deep, filled with crocodiles
Topic: Ivor Brown
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 06/04/2017 08:03:41   Subject: Ivor Brown
Very sad news indeed.
I have known Ivor for many years, and his interest in Shropshire mining was extremely important in the setting up of the Shropshire mining group.
Topic: Remaining Mining Contractors
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/04/2017 21:02:20   Subject: Remaining Mining Contractors
Priority Drilling I believe are still around.
They are based at Killimore in the Irish Republic.They have carried out lots of drilling there and I believe are still on contract at Tara mine.
Topic: Remaining Mining Contractors
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/04/2017 21:01:59   Subject: Remaining Mining Contractors
Priority Drilling I believe are still around.
They are based at Killimore in the Irish Republic.They have carried out lots of drilling there and I believe are still on contract at Tara mine.
Topic: Remaining Mining Contractors
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/04/2017 21:01:50   Subject: Remaining Mining Contractors
Priority Drilling I believe are still around.
They are based at Killimore in the Irish Republic.They have carried out lots of drilling there and I believe are still on contract at Tara mine.
Topic: New Video : UK Abandoned Lead Mine Explore : Crawling to Barons & Ballroom Football @ Smallcleugh : Nenthead
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 29/03/2017 19:33:16   Subject: New Video : UK Abandoned Lead Mine Explore : Crawling to Barons & Ballroom Football @ Smallcleugh : Nenthead
I must say that the dog did not have either a helmet or a light!
When I first visited Blackdene mine, the horses there had lights, but again no helmets.
Topic: Preserving memories
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 27/03/2017 21:01:42   Subject: Preserving memories
Staffordshire China,
I bought my first working miner's lamp and in a pub, in Stoney Middleton, some 50 years ago.
I also know that lots of spar has been sold in pubs, hence my comment.
Topic: New Video : UK Abandoned Lead Mine Explore : Crawling to Barons & Ballroom Football @ Smallcleugh : Nenthead
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 27/03/2017 19:50:03   Subject: New Video : UK Abandoned Lead Mine Explore : Crawling to Barons & Ballroom Football @ Smallcleugh : Nenthead
Hi it certainly will not be the first time a football match has been played in the Ballroom Flat!
On one occasion Robert and I were in there to see, a football match in place, which had a dog on
Topic: Preserving memories
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 27/03/2017 19:30:26   Subject: Preserving memories
As you might be aware, with this in mind I wrote a small article which was posted here, and then appeared in print called Smallcleugh mining History.
Naturally it could not dot every eye nor cros
Topic: PDMHS visit August BH week 1974 (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 25/03/2017 18:46:53   Subject: PDMHS visit August BH week 1974 (photo)
Staffordshire China,
Point taken.
So why the repeat photo ?
Topic: PDMHS visit August BH week 1974 (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 24/03/2017 20:49:03   Subject: PDMHS visit August BH week 1974 (photo)
A little more on the guys there.
It appears to me that we have David Politt talking to the miners and behind him I am pretty sure is Mike Luff.
Topic: Galena concentrates question
John Lawson

Forum: Mid Wales   Posted: 17/03/2017 20:31:12   Subject: Galena concentrates question
John I do not think that there can be a definitive answer to that question.
You see in some mines, especially those of the 'bonanza type', some galena was found in distinct pure masses.
Und
Topic: Our Industrial Heartland - Cleveland Ironstone
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 16/03/2017 19:19:17   Subject: Our Industrial Heartland - Cleveland Ironstone
Well done Chris, I hope it all goes well for you.
Just a little word of advice, try and publish as much as you can.
I think that the funding powers all seem to like to see their area under t
Topic: Allenheads Lead Mine
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 14/03/2017 11:45:03   Subject: Allenheads Lead Mine
I am pretty certain that either JMac or John McNeil's collection, will contain photos of said waterwheels.
When I saw them, myself, only 2 were intact.
Since the feed of the first went to th
Topic: Collyweston Slate Mine
John Lawson

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 10/03/2017 10:51:42   Subject: Collyweston Slate Mine
Thanks guys, missed the other listings.
No mention of the HSE stuff in the Times which comes complete with pictures.
They say that, the mine will be left open, after extracting the 'slate' s
Topic: Collyweston Slate Mine
John Lawson

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 09/03/2017 19:25:11   Subject: Collyweston Slate Mine
Just to flag up a snippet in today's Times.
Apparently in this part of Northamptonshire, a specific type of limestone was used to make 'slates'.
The demand for these has resulted in an old m
Topic: Outside Portal. (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 28/02/2017 20:04:23   Subject: Outside Portal. (photo)
whilst not wanting to broadcast it, this mine was dug out by a few close members of our group.
My assessment of it, was it is a trial, to try and locate the Vein which is pretty obvious on the op
Topic: Mine Exploration/Caving groups - Donegal, Ireland
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 28/02/2017 19:55:02   Subject: Mine Exploration/Caving groups - Donegal, Ireland
I am quite surprised that you were not aware of the Mining Heritage Trust of Ireland.
They usually send delegates to the NAMHO conferences, and recently have published a very nice review of their
Topic: RIP Trevor Ford
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 23/02/2017 19:27:00   Subject: RIP Trevor Ford
I met Trevor a number of times during my "Derbyshire Period".
He was always interested in what you thought and probably more importantly what you had seen!
His passing is a great loss both t
Topic: Smallcleugh Old Flat Crosscut
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 19/02/2017 23:51:19   Subject: Smallcleugh Old Flat Crosscut
That area of Smallcleugh over recent years, seems to be on the move, so it is not really a surprise that the side of the shaft decided to join in!
Nick, I think you might be able to bolt a couple
Topic: Smallcleugh Christmassy Quiz
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 18/02/2017 22:49:57   Subject: Smallcleugh Christmassy Quiz
Jim you almost certainly correct, with Caleb.
He was my guide on my first Smallcleugh trip!
Which, seems just like yesterday!
Topic: Richard ' Dick' Barstow
John Lawson

Forum: South West England   Posted: 16/02/2017 19:36:27   Subject: Richard ' Dick' Barstow
Hi Colin,
You may be aware that the now defunct, magazine, Mines & Minerals, did a 'special edition about Dick'.
There are pictures of him underground with his colleagues, as well,as a lot o
Topic: The Worlds Most Experienced Mine Explorer
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/02/2017 19:33:54   Subject: The Worlds Most Experienced Mine Explorer
Ian Hebsen,
Is the guy, an old Capelcleugh explorer, with Roy, and the guy people ask, has Heb, done it?
Topic: New ladder to Proud's Flats
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 10/02/2017 20:27:05   Subject: New ladder to Proud's Flats
Robert, you had better hope that it will be attached better than the one you went up on Middlecleugh North Vein, which caused you a little pain a few years ago!
Topic: Jamming SRT drill bit
John Lawson

Forum: SRT Equipment & Training   Posted: 08/02/2017 21:14:17   Subject: Jamming SRT drill bit
Nick in the 'early days' of buying SDS drills, I bought, a Makita, 12 Volt drill! On one occasion I used it down in East Greenlaws, and the bit jammed!
I rang the Company, spoke to someone in Tec
Topic: New ladder to Proud's Flats
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 08/02/2017 20:59:24   Subject: New ladder to Proud's Flats
Thanks for the info on the unnamed Proud's sump horizon Vein.
I could not find it either, on my many Nenthead plans, so it is at least 'good' that independently we came up with the same negative
Topic: The Jet Project
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 07/02/2017 19:35:35   Subject: The Jet Project
Chris do reckon that the place was worked by kids?
Or do you think they kept it small & low, simply to save money?
Topic: New ladder to Proud's Flats
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 07/02/2017 19:26:55   Subject: New ladder to Proud's Flats
Hi guys, thanks for clearing up the ladder's position, it is a fair number of years since I have been in this flat, and the way that you are explaining it's situation, would suggest to me that you hav
Topic: New ladder to Proud's Flats
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 07/02/2017 19:26:53   Subject: New ladder to Proud's Flats
Hi guys, thanks for clearing up the ladder's position, it is a fair number of years since I have been in this flat, and the way that you are explaining it's situation, would suggest to me that you hav
Jump to page 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 > >>
Moore Books: Specialist Books I.A. Recordings: Mining and Industrial History DVDs Starless River - Caving Store Explore a Disused Welsh Slate Mine
Disclaimer: Mine exploring can be quite dangerous, but then again it can be alright, it all depends on the weather. Please read the proper disclaimer.
© 2005 to 2015 AditNow.co.uk
Top of Page