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Topic: National Library of Scotland maps
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 16/11/2015 14:59:53   Subject: National Library of Scotland maps
Now 25-inch coverage has been extended into Somerset and Gloucestershire.
Topic: A new "sinkhole"
Peter Burgess

Forum: North East England   Posted: 12/11/2015 20:36:53   Subject: A new
Boy, am I glad sometimes to live where there is nothing beneath me of any value, past or present. Apart from a massive load of oil/gas. Possibly. Anybody got any cheap fracking kit I can buy?
Topic: Mine art
Peter Burgess

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 12/11/2015 10:06:46   Subject: Mine art
Nice work.
Topic: Channel 4 - Restoring Britain's Landmarks
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 05/11/2015 14:24:29   Subject: Channel 4 - Restoring Britain's Landmarks
It's probably easier and more rewarding to knock on Tamarmole's door and ask for a personal re-enactment of the show. Oh- what have I just said?
Topic: Carbis Bay disappearing one shaft at a time
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 04/11/2015 13:16:06   Subject: Carbis Bay disappearing one shaft at a time
At least this one isn't due to water dissolving the strata!

http://www.itv.com/news/westcountry/2015-11-04/100ft-giant-sinkhole-swallows-up-pensioners-garden-in-cornwall/

Topic: 1880 's Channel Tunnel Attempt (photo)
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 02/11/2015 16:23:22   Subject: 1880 's Channel Tunnel Attempt (photo)
The propulsion of trains through the tunnel was planned to be on the pneumatic railway principle. There was one other scheme of this kind that was planned which would have run under the Thames from Wa
Topic: New member - coal mining in Yorkshire woods
Peter Burgess

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 25/10/2015 12:41:42   Subject: New member - coal mining in Yorkshire woods
If there is coverage, you might be able to download lidar scans of the areas you are interested in.
Topic: 65ft Wide Sinkhole Opens In St Albans
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 23/10/2015 15:28:05   Subject: 65ft Wide Sinkhole Opens In St Albans
the proper term is crown hole. Just as easy to say as sink hole!
Topic: 65ft Wide Sinkhole Opens In St Albans
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 21/10/2015 00:00:09   Subject: 65ft Wide Sinkhole Opens In St Albans
If, as seems likely, this was the lowest bed of the Chalk formation that was being worked, and as the beds dip steeply, it is easy to see how it would not be long before the easily dug parts of the be
Topic: Bear Grylls in Cwmorthin
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 19/10/2015 19:41:02   Subject: Bear Grylls in Cwmorthin
I was impressed by the Great British Railway Journeys filming. What you see within each program is chronologically pretty accurate.
Topic: Bear Grylls in Cwmorthin
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 19/10/2015 10:18:01   Subject: Bear Grylls in Cwmorthin
I have spent 40 odd years trying to educate people away from believing in impossibly long secret tunnels tens of miles in length. I expect Bear Grylls will now undo all of that in one 30 minute idiotf
Topic: 65ft Wide Sinkhole Opens In St Albans
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 16/10/2015 09:37:10   Subject: 65ft Wide Sinkhole Opens In St Albans
I see there is a pond and probably a spring that feeds it at Challow Farm. What was done at Folkestone, and was considered at Reigate but not implemented, was a horizontal well driven into the chalk m
Topic: Where was I?
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 15/10/2015 15:19:21   Subject: Where was I?
[photo]52187[/photo]

Another photo in Aditnow.
Topic: Well Pumphouse - information please
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 15/10/2015 15:14:06   Subject: Well Pumphouse - information please
This preliminary project is now over. We may be close to finding a significant quarry complex, but have to mothball the project at the wishes of the owner who is very pleased with what we have unearth
Topic: 65ft Wide Sinkhole Opens In St Albans
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 15/10/2015 12:58:57   Subject: 65ft Wide Sinkhole Opens In St Albans
You can learn a lot on the internet! I'm glad we finally have a proper explanation.

http://www.spiritualresearchfoundation.org/spiritual-research/world-problems/what-causes-sinkholes?gclid
Topic: 65ft Wide Sinkhole Opens In St Albans
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 15/10/2015 12:38:21   Subject: 65ft Wide Sinkhole Opens In St Albans
On the old 6-in and 25-in maps I can see lots of small open pits in the Church Knowle area. So are you saying chalk marl was also dug underground there?
Topic: Access at Craig Y Ddinas silica mine
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 08/10/2015 16:32:02   Subject: Access at Craig Y Ddinas silica mine
Almost certainly not part of the GP works
Topic: Cwmcorrin Silica Mine and others
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 06/10/2015 18:31:35   Subject: Cwmcorrin Silica Mine and others
I have just been looking at British newspapers online and found one reference from the Hereford Times, 5th Jan 1833. It is a notice of sale by auction in Neath of land called Kilhepste including farm
Topic: Access at Craig Y Ddinas silica mine
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 06/10/2015 14:34:13   Subject: Access at Craig Y Ddinas silica mine
Indeed. Forgot that one. I don't use it!
Topic: Access at Craig Y Ddinas silica mine
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 06/10/2015 08:37:36   Subject: Access at Craig Y Ddinas silica mine
I believe there are two internal inclines. One with the remains of a winder, and which seems to have been created to lower stone to the main level that comes out near the river, and the other is older
Topic: 65ft Wide Sinkhole Opens In St Albans
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 05/10/2015 16:19:34   Subject: 65ft Wide Sinkhole Opens In St Albans
Has anybody cottoned on to underlying chalk being mined? Spot the two limekilns on the site of the brickworks, and the known connection, well-documented by people who actually know about these things,
Topic: Access at Craig Y Ddinas silica mine
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 05/10/2015 16:17:32   Subject: Access at Craig Y Ddinas silica mine
Except there is a huge drop from the other end of the tunnel down to the lower tramway!
Topic: 65ft Wide Sinkhole Opens In St Albans
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 02/10/2015 23:11:11   Subject: 65ft Wide Sinkhole Opens In St Albans
Various pages I have found on brickmaking on Bernard Heath mention clay pits and so on. One map shows two limekilns. We could assume that chalk was being worked to feed the kilns, probably in connecti
Topic: 65ft Wide Sinkhole Opens In St Albans
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 02/10/2015 22:37:06   Subject: 65ft Wide Sinkhole Opens In St Albans
Yet another geologist trotted out on the BBC London news saying its just due to rainwater dissolving away the chalk. :guns:
Topic: 65ft Wide Sinkhole Opens In St Albans
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 02/10/2015 19:12:19   Subject: 65ft Wide Sinkhole Opens In St Albans
The Reading job, possibly.
Topic: 65ft Wide Sinkhole Opens In St Albans
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 02/10/2015 14:47:33   Subject: 65ft Wide Sinkhole Opens In St Albans
At the risk of being thought to be labouring the point, here is a good paper which covers why chalk mines underlie brickfields, based on a surviving chalk mine in Kent.

www.kentarchaeology.
Topic: 65ft Wide Sinkhole Opens In St Albans
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 02/10/2015 14:31:06   Subject: 65ft Wide Sinkhole Opens In St Albans
Two opinions from "experts".

http://www.sciencemediacentre.org/expert-reaction-to-the-st-albans-sinkhole/

Chalk mines are generally OK places regarding stability, but don't take
Topic: 65ft Wide Sinkhole Opens In St Albans
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 02/10/2015 08:38:54   Subject: 65ft Wide Sinkhole Opens In St Albans
No mention of chalk mines from the BGS(?) "expert" on BBC news this morning. Only clay extraction on this site, with underlying chalk which dissolves in water (no, it doesn't! - not like that anyway).
Topic: 65ft Wide Sinkhole Opens In St Albans
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 01/10/2015 18:02:14   Subject: 65ft Wide Sinkhole Opens In St Albans
It's on the 6 o'clock news in a mo. Let's see if they blame it on natural chalk solution!
Topic: 65ft Wide Sinkhole Opens In St Albans
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 01/10/2015 15:59:54   Subject: 65ft Wide Sinkhole Opens In St Albans
The overlay shows the affected road built right over one of the old pits.

http://maps.nls.uk/geo/explore/#zoom=17&lat=51.7632&lon=-0.3292&layers=171
Topic: 65ft Wide Sinkhole Opens In St Albans
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 01/10/2015 15:32:13   Subject: 65ft Wide Sinkhole Opens In St Albans
http://maps.nls.uk/view/104201245

25 inch map. See the brickworks on the other side of the road to the south a bit.
Topic: Access at Craig Y Ddinas silica mine
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 01/10/2015 15:03:06   Subject: Access at Craig Y Ddinas silica mine
I'll ask anyway as we don't have any record of it in our website gallery.
Topic: 65ft Wide Sinkhole Opens In St Albans
Peter Burgess

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 01/10/2015 14:54:22   Subject: 65ft Wide Sinkhole Opens In St Albans
In chalk country, brick fields = chalk mine all too often.
Topic: Access at Craig Y Ddinas silica mine
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 01/10/2015 14:52:29   Subject: Access at Craig Y Ddinas silica mine
[quote="royfellows"]
If you can find the photograph out that would be great. And if you do, can I have permission to use it please?

If its 'yes to all' please email me a scan direct.[/
Topic: Access at Craig Y Ddinas silica mine
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 30/09/2015 09:20:06   Subject: Access at Craig Y Ddinas silica mine
No, Roy, I meant just call it a "ramp". Somewhere I have a photo of it, or at least part of it. Or maybe it's one of our members who has a photo of it.
Topic: Access at Craig Y Ddinas silica mine
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 30/09/2015 00:17:25   Subject: Access at Craig Y Ddinas silica mine
A ramp?
Topic: Access at Craig Y Ddinas silica mine
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 29/09/2015 18:45:23   Subject: Access at Craig Y Ddinas silica mine
Possibly salvaged for use elsewhere? This is coal mining country.
Topic: Access at Craig Y Ddinas silica mine
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 29/09/2015 16:30:39   Subject: Access at Craig Y Ddinas silica mine
You have to walk the ground with maps in hand to make sense of it all!
Topic: Access at Craig Y Ddinas silica mine
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 29/09/2015 16:09:39   Subject: Access at Craig Y Ddinas silica mine
Roy - if you look carefully there is another tramway on the older maps north of the river. This was related to the mine workings not the powder works. There are two rivers - forget the Mellte, its the
Topic: Access at Craig Y Ddinas silica mine
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 29/09/2015 15:08:12   Subject: Access at Craig Y Ddinas silica mine
Here is the tramway running through the tunnel from the higher mine to what has to be a chute or incline down to the lower tramway that crosses the river below Bwa Maen.

http://maps.nls.uk/
Topic: Access at Craig Y Ddinas silica mine
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 29/09/2015 15:05:28   Subject: Access at Craig Y Ddinas silica mine
http://maps.nls.uk/view/101605838

It's annoying that the site is split over two maps. This shows the tramways on the north side of the river.
Topic: Access at Craig Y Ddinas silica mine
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 29/09/2015 15:02:41   Subject: Access at Craig Y Ddinas silica mine
It is a complex site, both in terms of layout, and development phases. There are clearly high level workings and tramways well above the river level. These are easy to find. These are at the same leve
Topic: Access at Craig Y Ddinas silica mine
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 29/09/2015 14:48:40   Subject: Access at Craig Y Ddinas silica mine
1890s OS shows the tramway that runs towards Bwa Maen crosses the river to the side where the small mine on the south side of the river emerges high up on the hill side. You can walk through to this p
Topic: Access at Craig Y Ddinas silica mine
Peter Burgess

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 28/09/2015 18:38:09   Subject: Access at Craig Y Ddinas silica mine
Check the large scale OS plans for clues, Roy.
Topic: Pillar, Quarry Hill, Glos. (photo)
Peter Burgess

Forum: South West England   Posted: 16/09/2015 17:05:26   Subject: Pillar, Quarry Hill, Glos. (photo)
Four photos listed on Quarry Hill in Wiltshire with the caption Quarry Hill, Glos. So I imagine the wrong mine in the database has been selected?

Photograph:

[link]102174[linkpho
Topic: Well Pumphouse - information please
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 14/09/2015 18:08:55   Subject: Well Pumphouse - information please
[quote="Morlock"]Anything interesting turned up in the excavated material?[/quote]
Lots of broken roof tiles, an 18 inch section of 3-inch water main, a few bricks, and a brass door latch hook th
Topic: Well Pumphouse - information please
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 14/09/2015 09:34:40   Subject: Well Pumphouse - information please
An update - the pit has been extended and is now approaching 4.5 metres in length, width still unknown but probably of the same order. The solid side of the trench comprises bedrock, and rough and rea
Topic: Well Pumphouse - information please
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 11/09/2015 16:07:28   Subject: Well Pumphouse - information please
There is still quite a bit of floor to uncover - it's under about 12 inches of soil and demolition debris. So still a good chance of finding more. The water was simply a domestic supply.
Topic: Well Pumphouse - information please
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 11/09/2015 15:47:02   Subject: Well Pumphouse - information please
And yes we are enjoying the digging - makes a change from doing it underground. This week we will have put in four sessions - trying to stay ahead of the wet weather :(
Topic: Well Pumphouse - information please
Peter Burgess

Forum: South East England   Posted: 11/09/2015 15:37:31   Subject: Well Pumphouse - information please
Yes we firmly believe the water was delivered in two stages - once for the short lift up to a cistern, then the long one up the hill. It is the curious pit that puzzles us - it seems to take up so muc
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