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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
Topic: New ladder to Proud's Flats
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 06/02/2017 23:37:44   Subject: New ladder to Proud's Flats
I am assuming, Nick, that this ladder is from the Hangingshaw branch of the Rampgill Horse level to the Proud's Sump Flats?
If this the case then you have restored one of the original ways into t
Topic: New ladder to Proud's Flats
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 06/02/2017 23:37:43   Subject: New ladder to Proud's Flats
I am assuming, Nick, that this ladder is from the Hangingshaw branch of the Rampgill Horse level to the Proud's Sump Flats?
If this the case then you have restored one of the original ways into t
Topic: Prouds Sump: Worn Rope
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 31/01/2017 03:27:58   Subject: Prouds Sump: Worn Rope
Hi Nick,
I am a long way from Nenthead at the minute, but I am intrigued by your inference that the entrance to Smallcleugh was becoming a little suspect!
In my opinion the horse level from
Topic: Cwmystwyth book (BM 17) reprint 1993
John Lawson

Forum: Mid Wales   Posted: 23/01/2017 11:27:01   Subject: Cwmystwyth book (BM 17) reprint 1993
I checked my 1981 copy, it does not contain any u/g plans.
Can only assume that these were added at the reprint stage.
Nor does the index list any such item.
The only 'plans shown are
Topic: Lithium Mining in Cornwall
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 21/01/2017 18:59:25   Subject: Lithium Mining in Cornwall
Just wondering about the mining knowledge of the press reporters?
The reporter in yesterday's Times, showed one the classic, Dolcoath pictures, as the lead into their article on Lithium mining in
Topic: Lithium Mining in Cornwall
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 19/01/2017 19:54:17   Subject: Lithium Mining in Cornwall
I think basically this is a good idea.
I note the people suggesting it state that these high Lithium values are due to hydrothermal interaction with the granite.
In any case the whole operat
Topic: YURT Newsletters
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 09/01/2017 19:02:19   Subject: YURT Newsletters
Peter, any idea where the survey of Moulds is now?
Topic: YURT Newsletters
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 08/01/2017 21:35:36   Subject: YURT Newsletters
I must concur with Jim, Chris you carried out an excellent detective process, both to find these items, and then to decide which of them are worth uploading.
It is especially interesting to me si
Topic: Cleaning Crabs
John Lawson

Forum: SRT Equipment & Training   Posted: 06/01/2017 21:13:10   Subject: Cleaning Crabs
Those of you who think that you can damage, ropes etc by using a pressure washer should read the in depth analysis by our professional underground guide.
Peter K.
Personally I have always th
Topic: Cleaning Crabs
John Lawson

Forum: SRT Equipment & Training   Posted: 05/01/2017 19:35:23   Subject: Cleaning Crabs
Nick I cannot believe you actually posted this topic up!
I would have thought that you as an engineer would have come around to the general conclusion that many of us have done, is simply to use
Topic: BCA insurance, new info required.
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 27/12/2016 19:01:23   Subject: BCA insurance, new info required.
I know we seem to have digressed from my original point, but I think the only way to encourage people including,youngsters,to become interested in underground activities, is to have guided tours, as i
Topic: Masson Quarry, Matlock
John Lawson

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 23/12/2016 20:35:34   Subject: Masson Quarry, Matlock
Owd git,
Rather surprised that you didn't finish with the Derbyshire miner's toast" A good health to all mynes and maintainers of mynes."
Which as you doing a clearing up operation must be
Topic: BCA insurance, new info required.
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 22/12/2016 19:38:41   Subject: BCA insurance, new info required.
I have not seen a posting on this topic, but if someone has already done so I apologise.
Late last week I received an E-mail, from CAT's membership secretary to inform me that,in order to activat
Topic: Masson Quarry, Matlock
John Lawson

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 22/12/2016 19:30:11   Subject: Masson Quarry, Matlock
Well done Roy.
I guess it brought back a few memories for you.
Just keep on going at our age it is all important.
Topic: Caplecleugh Low Level, Nenthead
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 05/12/2016 19:28:43   Subject: Caplecleugh Low Level, Nenthead
Roy you will probably know a little more than myself about the shale falls.
But on the August 1977 trip to which I have already referred, I remember, climbing up above these blocks, crawling alon
Topic: Caplecleugh North Vein
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 01/12/2016 14:00:33   Subject: Caplecleugh North Vein
Changed days, really!
I remember a time, when the the Catholic Trust had just taken over the estate, and the keepers, tried to keep mine explorers out of the Nenthead mines.
We used to see i
Topic: Caplecleugh North Vein
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 30/11/2016 21:56:08   Subject: Caplecleugh North Vein
Hi Roy,
You have got my permission to digitise the plan I gave you.
It is a copy of part of the Greenwich Hospital Estate Plan.
Recently I made copies of most of the rest of it, it was
Topic: Caplecleugh Low Level, Nenthead
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 30/11/2016 19:16:19   Subject: Caplecleugh Low Level, Nenthead
I always understood that with inexperienced people, ideally you need a one to one.
Having lived through the rumpus that followed the fatality in the main H.L. I do not think you can regard Smallc
Topic: Historic Photographs Of Smallcleugh (album)
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 26/11/2016 22:06:12   Subject: Historic Photographs Of Smallcleugh (album)
I think a comment made by the late H.M.P. is probably appropriate item to add to this thread.
Harry started his photographic career, working out of Hull.
In those days, it was a big fishing
Topic: Smallcleugh Christmassy Quiz
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 23/11/2016 19:22:17   Subject: Smallcleugh Christmassy Quiz
Further to the info I gave Jim, looking at it tonight, I notice a Richard Haszard.
He was quite a character, who was, I believe a Shropshire land owner, who loved, like we all do mine exploration
Topic: Snailbeach Ledger
John Lawson

Forum: For Sale! (and wanted / for swap)   Posted: 21/11/2016 19:33:26   Subject: Snailbeach Ledger
Thanks,for the Amazon link!
The cover of folio, reminded me that, somewhere in the Lawson, archive I think I have a copy of it.
So I did a trawl, and lol and behold I found the volume.
Topic: Snailbeach Ledger
John Lawson

Forum: For Sale! (and wanted / for swap)   Posted: 19/11/2016 22:28:20   Subject: Snailbeach Ledger
Talking of Shropshire mining plans, I remember one of Ivor Brown's mates, who was a leading light in the Shropshire Mines Research Group, telling me that he was going to reprint a load of abandoned S
Topic: newlandside quarry (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 15/11/2016 22:06:09   Subject: newlandside quarry (photo)
Hi great to see these photos of Newlandside,
Do you have a date for these?
Also which side of the road is it?
East or West?
For as you may be aware, at one stage the road carriagew
Topic: Helmet Tips
John Lawson

Forum: Mining Heritage   Posted: 12/11/2016 23:12:58   Subject: Helmet Tips
Just bought a couple of new Centurions with fitted lamp bracket.
Have been impressed with the way they absorb," roof bangs"
I also, note that you can wear a wooly hat under these, presumably
Topic: SDS Drill capacity comparison
John Lawson

Forum: SRT Equipment & Training   Posted: 05/11/2016 23:01:41   Subject: SDS Drill capacity comparison
Just reserecting an old topic!
Bosch have brought out a couple of new drills, both of which are of interest to us.
GBH 36VF-Li drill and the GBH 36V-EC.
The former is a lighter version
Topic: Wisdom lamp 3
John Lawson

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 05/11/2016 22:47:01   Subject: Wisdom lamp 3
Roy I never thought you could endorse any other lamp!
Are you going to try one yourself?
Certainly if I had not put so much cash into the new Oldhams I would be thinking of them myself, espe
Topic: Wisdom lamp 3
John Lawson

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 03/11/2016 21:00:03   Subject: Wisdom lamp 3
Roy as I stated in my pre-amble,
I am and always will be an Oldham man, it's just an interesting advertisement, which I had not come across before, and I am not sure how many other lamps would s
Topic: Wisdom lamp 3
John Lawson

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 03/11/2016 19:31:03   Subject: Wisdom lamp 3
As many of you know I always have used an Oldham lamp, I started exploration using one, more years ago than I care to remember, and do not intend to change it!
However, an E-mail flyer came to me
Topic: Latest news on Whitby Potash Poject
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 03/11/2016 19:15:10   Subject: Latest news on Whitby Potash Poject
According to today's Times, the rich Australian lady miner, is going to put a lot of cash into this project, via her holding company Hancock prospecting.
They apparently are committed to $350, mi
Topic: Hemerdon/Drakelands latest
John Lawson

Forum: South West England   Posted: 26/10/2016 19:22:02   Subject: Hemerdon/Drakelands latest
I noticed that the parent company in this operation is having a number of problems.
Basically the Wolfram ore is a bit too claggy for extraction.!
Consequently they are not getting the produ
Topic: Another Mine Dam Failure in Brazil
John Lawson

Forum: South America   Posted: 21/10/2016 21:47:39   Subject: Another Mine Dam Failure in Brazil
I could not help feeling today that just, maybe, things are moving towards, much more corporate responsibility!
We are seeing the attitude of the Brazilian authorities, now, in direct contrast th
Topic: Talnotry mine
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 17/10/2016 19:22:17   Subject: Talnotry mine
Hi Colin,
Fraid, unfortunately not able to help, you with this one!
It is not much of a mine, more like a smallish cave, which really does not lend itself to photos.
Hence the reason I
Topic: Proposal to revive Cumbrian coal mining
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 16/10/2016 21:02:46   Subject: Proposal to revive Cumbrian coal mining
Slightly off the deep mined Cumbrian coal topic,
was in the northern Pennines today and could not help to notice, a pile of coal at a new opencast site, at Hallbankgate, adjacent to the Alston Br
Topic: Swaledale 1774 map 5 (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 13/10/2016 21:06:36   Subject: Swaledale 1774 map 5 (photo)
Hi Jim,
Difficult to really make anything out!
However it really does not look any different, in structure to a number of estate plans made at this particular time.
My guess is the esta
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