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Posts by John Lawson

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Topic: Auchenlongford ironstone mines (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 23/09/2016 21:05:40   Subject: Auchenlongford ironstone mines (photo)
Goggle, can come up with lots of info!
Some of the local historians are keen to put out all they know!
However that then is useful to the rest of us!
Topic: Auchenlongford ironstone mines (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 22/09/2016 22:01:00   Subject: Auchenlongford ironstone mines (photo)
Sorry Rab cannot help you with the division of the mine site.
There might be something on the abandonment plan, when I next have a look at my archives will check and let you know.
Topic: Auchenlongford ironstone mines (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 21/09/2016 19:24:13   Subject: Auchenlongford ironstone mines (photo)
Hi Rab,
Good to see some photos of Auchenlongford.
Certainly this was in part an opencast operation, as shown by the photo.
A plan in Edinburgh BGS, does show underground workings, whic
Topic: Rotherhope Fell 1990 (possibly) (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 16/09/2016 18:47:38   Subject: Rotherhope Fell 1990 (possibly) (photo)
Naturally stand corrected and I apologise for making such a stupid mistake, it is the temperature out here which is in the low 30's.
I thought it Important to share with the rest of the contribut
Topic: Rotherhope Fell 1990 (possibly) (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 15/09/2016 19:26:06   Subject: Rotherhope Fell 1990 (possibly) (photo)
Hi am currently on vacation duties in the eastern Med, however, Roy is largely correct in his mines exploration history lesson.
He has however omitted one crucial detail, in those days he was oft
Topic: There's someone there... (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 06/09/2016 20:05:40   Subject: There's someone there... (photo)
As Chris adeptly pointed out we have visited this area, before, I looked for the posting but could not find it.
I am still, and probably, always will be a sceptic.
However, I certainly would
Topic: There's someone there... (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 05/09/2016 19:50:36   Subject: There's someone there... (photo)
I must admit, like Roy, I could not see what this photo was about.
I have been "going underground", since the age of 14 which is a long time, the most recent, being yesterday.
I am a sceptic
Topic: Not seen a mine like this before...
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 02/09/2016 20:59:36   Subject: Not seen a mine like this before...
As I understand it,Mammoth ivory has been found in Siberia since the days of Marco Polo.
Certainly I have spoken to Russians who regularly pick up samples from river banks in Siberia.
It als
Topic: Job losses in S Wales coal
John Lawson

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 20/08/2016 20:53:39   Subject: Job losses in S Wales coal
It seemed to me pretty inevitable that opencast mining would close in Wales, just like they have here in Scotland.
Buccleugh estates, a large estate owner are trying to turn one of their opencast
Topic: New Petzl Croll safety problems!
John Lawson

Forum: SRT Equipment & Training   Posted: 18/08/2016 19:24:10   Subject: New Petzl Croll safety problems!
Seems to me a case of cost cutting without rigorously testing!
One would hope that the petal company takes notice and recall these dangerous items.
Topic: Historic Photographs Of Rookhope (album)
John Lawson

Forum: Geology & Mining   Posted: 16/08/2016 19:41:40   Subject: Historic Photographs Of Rookhope (album)
Hi Jim,
I can confirm it is indeed the late, John McNeil, the guy next to him is I think, the late Mike Smith, and the person next to him is, as you have correctly stated, a Malcolm.
His sur
Topic: Gill Heads mine duplicate
John Lawson

Forum: Site Updates, Suggestions & Corrections   Posted: 10/08/2016 19:23:04   Subject: Gill Heads mine duplicate
Simon,
It looks pretty good to me,
I think that the names around Greenhow Hill can be confusing, eg there is a Gill Fields level, and I think that mine explorers have not been critical of w
Topic: Croggan lead mine - Mull
John Lawson

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 01/08/2016 19:34:17   Subject: Croggan lead mine - Mull
Best to look over the disused quarries, on Mull.
You have the disused red-granite quarries and the Iona Marble quarry.
If you want a fantastic geological experience then book a visit to Fing
Topic: Cononish Gold Mine
John Lawson

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 26/07/2016 19:50:38   Subject: Cononish Gold Mine
Apparently the plant is going to carry out a 'gold pour' on August the 3rd.
Presumably this is the result of the plant processing, the ore raised, and left on surface from the earlier work of the
Topic: Latest news on Whitby Potash Poject
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 21/07/2016 19:14:37   Subject: Latest news on Whitby Potash Poject
According to the Times they are still looking for a lot of financial investment!
I do not think a £5, whip round of all of us would even touch it!
Topic: fatality @ matlock bath
John Lawson

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 04/07/2016 19:38:05   Subject: fatality @ matlock bath
The problem in disused mines, in limestone strata, has already been described by historytrog.
Basically the limestone, has clay layers, in it. These hold pieces of the roof in place, and can, and
Topic: Dolgellau Gold Belt report
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 02/07/2016 21:19:43   Subject: Dolgellau Gold Belt report
I would imagine getting planning permission for an actual mine, together with the necessary, ore treatment plant would be very difficult.
My guess is they will try and do a little drilling to see
Topic: investment
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 25/06/2016 20:21:26   Subject: investment
In our area( South West Scotland), houses are relatively cheap, but hellishly difficult to sell.
In Southern Ireland you pick up houses, half finished for small amounts of money.
As , has al
Topic: Rampgill Level roof fall
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 18/06/2016 20:33:39   Subject: Rampgill Level roof fall
Thanks for the info, Mutagen.
Just shows that in mines things are always on the move.
I have often felt one of the best things about this site is the way we post new information on it!
Topic: Cononish Gold Mine
John Lawson

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 16/06/2016 19:29:46   Subject: Cononish Gold Mine
Just an update!
Today's Times, was reporting that Scotgold have put some of the previously mined ore, presumably by, Ennex, through their treatment plant.
They are reportedly very pleased wi
Topic: Smallcleugh 1987, names to faces?
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 10/06/2016 20:05:47   Subject: Smallcleugh 1987, names to faces?
I thought that we had finished with this one, but the guys present are, from right to left.
John MacPherson, John McNeil, Dave Sargent, Roy the Walsall boy, and finally Mike Luff.
McNeil alw
Topic: Unknown location somewhere underground
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 21/05/2016 20:55:37   Subject: Unknown location somewhere underground
Jim, The one of the ladder, could be Scraithole.
It looks like the top of the fixed, ladder that lead into the recently mined, stope, and eventually into the Dod cross cut.
Not that I believ
Topic: Unknown location somewhere underground
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/05/2016 20:47:18   Subject: Unknown location somewhere underground
Hi Jim,
Robert and I visited Florence, during this period, and I cannot remember seeing any walls of stacked deads there.
Another point against Florence, is the relative cleaness of the over
Topic: Trout Beck Foot/Teesdale Lead Mine (1970/71) (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/05/2016 19:51:15   Subject: Trout Beck Foot/Teesdale Lead Mine (1970/71) (photo)
Hi Chris, doubt if there would be any problem with this plan.
Rick Smith almost certainly, redrew this from original plans he had access to.
Being a mine surveyor/ geologist, he seems to hav
Topic: Hello! from Ayrshire
John Lawson

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 03/05/2016 19:40:30   Subject: Hello! from Ayrshire
Hi Marinecore,
Good for you on posting up the Gasswater photos.
You might not know that a plan of these mines, and a section, is to be found in the wartime memoirs of the BGS.
On page 2
Topic: Brownley Refreshments! (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 28/04/2016 19:29:54   Subject: Brownley Refreshments! (photo)
This photo looks like the drum, fitted into the wall as a drinking trough for the horses, as mentioned in the water in Brownley Hill thread.
Clearly it is has become a lot more Iron rich than whe
Topic: Car overturned on the Nenthead Killhope Road
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 25/04/2016 19:26:16   Subject: Car overturned on the Nenthead Killhope Road
I know this item is not on strictly on topic, but Rob & I were heading down towards Nenthead from Killhope yesterday, when we could not help notice an overturned car on our side of the road.
It
Topic: battery key
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 13/04/2016 19:29:58   Subject: battery key
I am sure by now you will have been told that you can hacksaw the pin off the head lamp, using a small saw.
You can then screw off the bezel.
This pin as I understand it was put in place to
Topic: Historic extreme lighting
John Lawson

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 07/04/2016 19:47:09   Subject: Historic extreme lighting
I personally do not have fond memories of the use of flash powder underground.
I can remember on one occasion being driven out of the High Flats, of the Gin Hill Flats, in Brownley Hill Mine, si
Topic: Allenheads gallery
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 07/04/2016 19:31:22   Subject: Allenheads gallery
I think as time progresses, as has already been posted, we will see more pictures, of these wheels.
As I remember one, wheel, was on top of a lower one, and I was told, I think, there were 5 in t
Topic: Beaumont/Fawside (early 1970''s) (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 02/04/2016 21:28:38   Subject: Beaumont/Fawside (early 1970''s) (photo)
Jim was not at this meet, but confirm that David Poilitt, is in the picture, not as you surmise, sitting, but standing to the right of Mike Luff.
I must add Eric, always thought, that BSC were on
Topic: Deil's Pudding Stone
John Lawson

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 01/04/2016 22:52:53   Subject: Deil's Pudding Stone
There are possible shafts to be explored, however the farmer would have to be approached, and I am not sure how he would take to the idea.
When the mines, commenced, a small village, was built,fo
Topic: Nentsberry Haggs Horse Level 1970''s/80''s (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 01/04/2016 10:37:29   Subject: Nentsberry Haggs Horse Level 1970''s/80''s (photo)
Complete picture, taken in August 1988, is as follows, from left to right.
Norman Birkitt, Dave Warriner, Mike Luff,(all at that time employed by the NCB), John Stott(long time warden of Magpie C
Topic: Nentsberry Haggs Horse Level 1970''s/80''s (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 31/03/2016 23:27:29   Subject: Nentsberry Haggs Horse Level 1970''s/80''s (photo)
hi Jim,
Sorry you did not contact me about this one!
I am standing, behind the late John McNeil, and in front of your dad.
My son Robert, is in the mine, an next to him is John Stott.
Topic: Screw In Anchors
John Lawson

Forum: SRT Equipment & Training   Posted: 28/03/2016 19:56:49   Subject: Screw In Anchors
Had no problem using standard Rawlbolts.
You can remove the bolt after you have used it and just leave the sleeve in place, if you want to.
It seems basically, a lot safer, than this system.
Topic: Dufton Fell lead mine
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 25/03/2016 20:39:02   Subject: Dufton Fell lead mine
It is a few years since we were last there.
I cannot understand why it suggested that these mines were trashed by mineral collectors!
A few clear crystals of barite for faceting hardly const
Topic: New Book Images of Industry: North Pennine Lead Miners in the Regency Period
John Lawson

Forum: For Sale! (and wanted / for swap)   Posted: 24/03/2016 19:43:47   Subject: New Book Images of Industry: North Pennine Lead Miners in the Regency Period
Thanks for my copy Mike. It is some years since I was in touch with the author who then ran the Killhope mine set up.
Clearly he had done an enormous amount of work on these pictures, in the book
Topic: Cononish - BBC News: Scotgold boosted by bigger reserves
John Lawson

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 11/03/2016 20:36:10   Subject: Cononish - BBC News: Scotgold boosted by bigger reserves
Some more positive news on this mine!
We have mentioned previously that Scotgold would try and produce gold on site.
Apparently they have raised £500,000 for this project(new shares have b
Topic: Calvert Mine (not at all sure 1970''s?) (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 09/03/2016 19:31:51   Subject: Calvert Mine (not at all sure 1970''s?) (photo)
jim on reflection, I think this is a photo of a fall at the end of the main drive.
Paradoxically it looked like that when we were last in there, three or four years ago.
You can, and I did g
Topic: Open pit Mining
John Lawson

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 08/03/2016 19:39:11   Subject: Open pit Mining
I guess I had always thought that this type of mining was relatively free of major accidents, not withstanding the major cave in at RTZ's Bingham Copper Mine in Utah, a couple of years back.
Toda
Topic: Carrock Fell (mid 70''s - 80''s) (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 07/03/2016 19:43:32   Subject: Carrock Fell (mid 70''s - 80''s) (photo)
jim, theoretically this photograph could be of any of the Carrock Fell Mine veins.
i.e. Emmerson, Harding, Smith or Waterfall, since they all contain a mixture of minerals, which is a mixture of
Topic: Another Mine Dam Failure in Brazil
John Lawson

Forum: South America   Posted: 03/03/2016 19:33:34   Subject: Another Mine Dam Failure in Brazil
Just an up date on this event. The mining company have agreed to pay the Brazilian Government £4 billion, for this disaster.
The Brazilian police are arresting some of the top executives of the S
Topic: New Lithium Mine
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/03/2016 19:25:52   Subject: New Lithium Mine
I know you guys like to hear about new projects, and here is one in Mexico!
A mining company, Bacanora, are to bring a new lithium mine into production in the Sanoran desert, presumably on the Me
Topic: Super power battery bargain
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/03/2016 19:08:42   Subject: Super power battery bargain
Whilst not attempting to contradict anything that other members have posted, it is my opinion, that the main problem with Chinese or for that matter, emerging economies, is the lack of quality control
Topic: Skears Firestone Level c1970/71 (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 01/03/2016 19:24:21   Subject: Skears Firestone Level c1970/71 (photo)
Legend rider Thanks for 'filling in' some of the gaps in my knowledge of this important Teesdale mine.
I noticed that your group measured the Temperature down there.
Are you able to say what
Topic: Low Skears (circa 1970/71) (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 29/02/2016 20:00:07   Subject: Low Skears (circa 1970/71) (photo)
Chris you are quite correct Jim has mixed up the Firsetone entrance with Low Skears.
Topic: West Pastures Mine Fluorite Mine
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 29/02/2016 19:56:14   Subject: West Pastures Mine Fluorite Mine
Chris I think I must point out in deference to my late dentist friend he never sold any minerals.
His collection was sold by his family on his death.
During his life time he must have treate
Topic: Skears Firestone Level c1970/71 (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 29/02/2016 19:48:05   Subject: Skears Firestone Level c1970/71 (photo)
i think that this ladder is going down to the sub level, below the main horse level, before the Durham Dales group installed fixed ladders in there.
The flow stone area, is also down there and wa
Topic: West Pastures Mine Fluorite Mine
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 29/02/2016 19:33:17   Subject: West Pastures Mine Fluorite Mine
We have always parked on the Stanhope side of the open gate which crosses the track.
The reason for this, is on one occasion I had a note placed on my windscreen asking me to phone Stanhope Polic
Topic: Nenthead Traction engine (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 26/02/2016 20:56:23   Subject: Nenthead Traction engine (photo)
I think that the whole area around the Rampgill entrance, and indeed probably the first 30 m of the horse level were extensively rebuilt by the VM Company.
I think the pic shows what it was like
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