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Posts by John Lawson

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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
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!
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