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Topic: Kiruna iron ore mine closed.
Buckhill

Forum: Europe   Posted: 20/05/2020 08:27:00   Subject: Kiruna iron ore mine closed.
Today's update:

https://www.mining-journal.com/bulks/news/1387258/no-word-yet-on-production-restart-at-kiruna

Topic: Woodhouse Colliery
Buckhill

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/04/2020 15:06:08   Subject: Woodhouse Colliery
Or Florence, Ullcoats and Beckermet working sub-level caving right on the doorstep. But why let that small fact stop their time and money wasting antics?
Topic: Woodhouse Colliery
Buckhill

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/04/2020 12:46:28   Subject: Woodhouse Colliery
The hearing of the judicial review on CCC's alleged failure to fully consider the emission when granting planning consent is provisionally scheduled for week beginning 20th July in Manchester.
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Topic: What’s the strangest thing you’ve found?
Buckhill

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 30/03/2020 08:40:46   Subject: What’s the strangest thing you’ve found?
Purely unintentional, it just came out that way...... ::)

Topic: What’s the strangest thing you’ve found?
Buckhill

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 29/03/2020 22:30:00   Subject: What’s the strangest thing you’ve found?
Similar find at another mine about 30 years back, this one on care and maintenance. The deputy, only man working, who ran the pumps daily was a Jehovah's Witness.

Went down with him one da
Topic: What’s the strangest thing you’ve found?
Buckhill

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 29/03/2020 16:54:57   Subject: What’s the strangest thing you’ve found?
Won't name the place;) but a working mine in Cumbria about 15 years ago. We'd run air bagging through a workplace and on into the end of the level. To try and give a bit of protection from blast damag
Topic: Mining term: jem crow
Buckhill

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 29/03/2020 15:43:20   Subject: Mining term: jem crow
[quote="inbye"]
Never heard it described as anything other than Jim Crow.[/quote]

Jim Crow right across the three northern coalfields....except in Whitehaven, where they called it a gr
Topic: Montagu Main Colliery, Scotswood
Buckhill

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 25/03/2020 21:47:59   Subject: Montagu Main Colliery, Scotswood
The plan R361A, which specifically refers to Francis Pit, IS held by CA (along with around another half dozen or so covering that area). It would seem that some of these cover working from the latter
Topic: Montagu Main Colliery, Scotswood
Buckhill

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 21/03/2020 17:37:06   Subject: Montagu Main Colliery, Scotswood
There were several abandonment plans of which NEIMME was named as custodian in the 1928 catalogue. These came under Denton East and named quite a few pits covered but, strangely, not Francis. There ma
Topic: Another "collapse"
Buckhill

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 17/03/2020 15:42:48   Subject: Another
A quick look at old OS sheet- 1864 - suggests, using old field boundaries, that Hope Pit was in next street to south. Wonder if CA have actually located it?
Topic: Another "collapse"
Buckhill

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 16/03/2020 16:17:13   Subject: Another "collapse"
In today's local paper:

https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/18306614.workington-residents-reassured-work-repair-collapsed-mine-shaft/

The only shaft I know of near here is Hope (s
Topic: Whitehaven Candlestick Chimney/Vent
Buckhill

Forum: North West England   Posted: 12/11/2019 15:35:12   Subject: Whitehaven Candlestick Chimney/Vent
They were only hosing down the outside because most of the water didn't reach the top;)

Seems there was some confusion when the chimney passed from NCB to the council. Either someone forgot
Topic: Whitehaven Candlestick Chimney/Vent
Buckhill

Forum: North West England   Posted: 11/11/2019 17:00:28   Subject: Whitehaven Candlestick Chimney/Vent
Yes, No. 3 shaft was not filled, only capped, as it was chosen to be the vent point following the re-organisation after Lowca closed in 1968. It's 12 feet diameter and about 620 feet to the Main Band
Topic: Whitehaven Candlestick Chimney/Vent
Buckhill

Forum: North West England   Posted: 08/11/2019 22:15:15   Subject: Whitehaven Candlestick Chimney/Vent
It still vents. The venting [i]is[/i] "modern" dating from when No.3 shaft was capped in 1969. A valved pipe was laid from below the cap to the boiler flue drift at the chimney base.
Topic: Wanted - Mine Head gear Wheel (half)
Buckhill

Forum: For Sale! (and wanted / for swap)   Posted: 28/08/2019 17:16:40   Subject: Wanted - Mine Head gear Wheel (half)
[quote="Morlock"]I suppose the bottom 1/2 is weighed in and perhaps only the top 1/2 commands a premium.[/quote]

..........which leads to the suspicion that some unscrupulous persons may up
Topic: Shot-Saw (Penarth)
Buckhill

Forum: Mining Methods & Techniques   Posted: 14/04/2019 11:17:26   Subject: Shot-Saw (Penarth)
This might help

http://www.valleyofstone.org.uk/journey/menandmachines/sawingstone
Topic: Proposal to revive Cumbrian coal mining
Buckhill

Forum: North West England   Posted: 19/03/2019 20:37:15   Subject: Proposal to revive Cumbrian coal mining
"The Haig Pit in Whitehaven was shut in 1986 after 70 years with the loss of 3,500 jobs."

I don't know where they got that figure. Announced that 580 of 715 were to be paid off when product
Topic: Proposal to revive Cumbrian coal mining
Buckhill

Forum: North West England   Posted: 19/03/2019 14:08:05   Subject: Proposal to revive Cumbrian coal mining
Unanimous decision to grant consent. This only covers landward area so awaiting MMO consent for undersea areas.
Topic: Maypole colliery wigan
Buckhill

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 09/12/2018 21:34:12   Subject: Maypole colliery wigan
Ticking the box will display seam level contours and clicking on one of those green lines will give depth relative to OD in metres.

Just make sure that you use the contours for the same se
Topic: Maypole colliery wigan
Buckhill

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 09/12/2018 17:01:40   Subject: Maypole colliery wigan
In the box top right select "Coal Mining Data" from the choices in the blue banner at the top (it usually opens under "Planning").

Tick the boxes for "mine entry" and "underground working"
Topic: Maypole colliery wigan
Buckhill

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 07/12/2018 19:47:56   Subject: Maypole colliery wigan
Have a look on the CA site, interactive map viewer, it may help. The shaft details and outline of workings is there - quite complex due to multi-seam working with overlap by adjacent pits.

Topic: Goin' down an 'ole!
Buckhill

Forum: North West England   Posted: 03/10/2018 23:18:26   Subject: Goin' down an 'ole!
I think you're confusing the shaft pillar left to protect a working shaft from damage and the advice people are trying to give you to be aware that after abandonment shafts are not inspected and maint
Topic: Proposal to revive Cumbrian coal mining
Buckhill

Forum: North West England   Posted: 18/09/2018 17:02:58   Subject: Proposal to revive Cumbrian coal mining
The planning decision seems to be a long way off yet according to WCM's latest newsletter:

"We are currently receiving emails from local people asking, quite rightly, about the current stat
Topic: Construction Phase of 'Woodsmith Mine' Launched by Sirius Minerals
Buckhill

Forum: North East England   Posted: 08/09/2018 16:27:04   Subject: Construction Phase of 'Woodsmith Mine' Launched by Sirius Minerals
Latest news not so good.

It was reported this week that after a reappraisal the estimated construction cost has risen by £463M, in part due to the 23 mile tunnel to Teesside needing to be
Topic: Blagill Mine Overview (photo)
Buckhill

Forum: North West England   Posted: 10/07/2018 16:36:43   Subject: Blagill Mine Overview (photo)
Which brings to mind the problem with this seam - thicker in the Byron/Blenkinsopp area, lessening volatiles to the south. We dreamt of finding a 2 foot (or slightly more) seam of semi-anthracite some
Topic: Blagill Mine Overview (photo)
Buckhill

Forum: North West England   Posted: 09/07/2018 20:56:38   Subject: Blagill Mine Overview (photo)
[quote="oldpitman"]Sounds like he gave you some sound advice;D
Think what you would be like now after those extra years of laying in water breathing all that nasty dust.
[/quote]

Topic: Blagill Mine Overview (photo)
Buckhill

Forum: North West England   Posted: 08/07/2018 20:28:55   Subject: Blagill Mine Overview (photo)
Yes, I called in one day on way back NE after someone said Ted was there, just to say hello. Bunt asked if I was interested in a start - at that time I was making a fair bit freelancing on civils so d
Topic: Blagill Mine Overview (photo)
Buckhill

Forum: North West England   Posted: 07/07/2018 19:53:43   Subject: Blagill Mine Overview (photo)
Blagill was standing in summer 1990 when I went to Tows Bank. I don't think Nancarrows had any direct involvement at Blagill but in about 1991/2 Anthony (????) and a couple of other lads leased it fro
Topic: Mystery Mines
Buckhill

Forum: North East England   Posted: 18/06/2018 17:13:00   Subject: Mystery Mines
Lead originally but veins were mostly Fe/Zn. Last tried for Zn in 1940s but not considered enough to work.
Topic: Disused baths (photo)
Buckhill

Forum: North West England   Posted: 22/05/2018 21:51:53   Subject: Disused baths (photo)
Another one bites the dust...…….over the past month or so the baths have been demolished, all that's left now are a few heaps of bricks which are being cleared away. Colin's memorial still stands - qu
Topic: Mine capping in Cornwall.
Buckhill

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 21/05/2018 00:06:29   Subject: Mine capping in Cornwall.
When inspecting disused coal entries with NCB in the '60s & '70s we worked to the then requirements of the M &Q Act which was to secure them against [i]accidental[/i] entry - someone crossing even a s
Topic: Proposal to revive Cumbrian coal mining
Buckhill

Forum: North West England   Posted: 29/03/2018 20:01:36   Subject: Proposal to revive Cumbrian coal mining
A recent hole by WCM -

https://www.aditnow.co.uk/Photo/Drill-Rig-Above-Mainband_114787/

Mainband was in the trees below and right of the bungalow, between the rig and the propos
Topic: Birkby Drift Mine, Dearham, Cumbria
Buckhill

Forum: North West England   Posted: 20/02/2018 16:56:23   Subject: Birkby Drift Mine, Dearham, Cumbria
From time to time a photographer used to appear, usually in connection with some installation or other. A lot were taken at Haig when the FSVs and skip winding were introduced (to cope with the bonanz
Topic: Birkby Drift Mine, Dearham, Cumbria
Buckhill

Forum: North West England   Posted: 18/02/2018 16:56:39   Subject: Birkby Drift Mine, Dearham, Cumbria
Yes, a couple of nice pics, but how it's changed. I'm guessing they're 1950s not long after closure from the size of the tip and lack of vegetation. The steelwork of the screens building is still stan
Topic: Moorgreen pictures
Buckhill

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 22/01/2018 12:08:58   Subject: Moorgreen pictures
It certainly looks like one of the earlier Joy Sullivan machines - e.g. the arched hole under the base. The gouge on the ripping lip also seems to suggest that too, the early machines had progressivel
Topic: Grey Gold /Greenside
Buckhill

Forum: North West England   Posted: 13/12/2017 20:23:47   Subject: Grey Gold /Greenside
In the narrative of the operation in Grey Gold, p.441, the section on the preparation states "Great care was taken to quell any unease amongst the locals by emphasising that no fissionable material wh
Topic: Grey Gold /Greenside
Buckhill

Forum: North West England   Posted: 13/12/2017 17:25:16   Subject: Grey Gold /Greenside
[quote="royfellows"]Ordinary mining practice requires shots to be fired at end of shift to allow the noxious fumes from nitro based explosives to clear overnight.

I am an ex car salesman wh
Topic: Grey Gold /Greenside
Buckhill

Forum: North West England   Posted: 13/12/2017 16:27:19   Subject: Grey Gold /Greenside
Nothing suspicious about it. It was a while after Orpheus when AWRE were looking at another test. The two were working on repairs in preparation for this second test and went looking for mineral speci
Topic: Whitehaven redevelopment
Buckhill

Forum: North West England   Posted: 13/11/2017 15:11:50   Subject: Whitehaven redevelopment
They can't do much more until the outcome of the planning application - now likely to be considered at CCC meeting in January. Sandwith is waterlogged and will only be pumped out if the outcome is pos
Topic: Whitehaven redevelopment
Buckhill

Forum: North West England   Posted: 13/11/2017 14:53:45   Subject: Whitehaven redevelopment
Like this?:angel:

https://www.aditnow.co.uk/community/viewtopic.aspx?t=9626&pid=1&txtSearch=west+cumbria+mining&lblnWhere=all&lblnMatch=exact

Topic: Stationary Engine (photo)
Buckhill

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 13/09/2017 20:45:34   Subject: Stationary Engine (photo)
[quote="Mr.CIndoor drying was by the ubiquitous clothes dryer hanging from the back kitchen ceiling.
.[/quote]

Still got one of them too! Now that is used quite a lot (wet West Cumberl
Topic: Stationary Engine (photo)
Buckhill

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 13/09/2017 15:34:19   Subject: Stationary Engine (photo)
......and a washboard too on there.

Legendrider. Might be OK washing ochrous clothes in the machine but I can assure you that haematite and anthracite laden gear put in there causes a wee b
Topic: Stationary Engine (photo)
Buckhill

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 13/09/2017 13:01:16   Subject: Stationary Engine (photo)
[quote="droid"]It is a dolly tub. Remember my mum having one.....and the necessary three-legged stool on a stick to agitate it.....:lol:[/quote]

Still got one - I call it dolly tub, other h
Topic: Dangerman Job
Buckhill

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 21/07/2017 15:53:02   Subject: Dangerman Job
[quote="JonK"]

If you have no fear of heights, are happy to be clipped to a 30ft ladder while talking to our lovely visitors we would love to hear from you!

[/quote]

Topic: Proposal to revive Cumbrian coal mining
Buckhill

Forum: North West England   Posted: 02/07/2017 17:59:55   Subject: Proposal to revive Cumbrian coal mining
Latest core in progress - seems very close to the far workings of Croft and the aborted "South Development" of Haig.

https://www.aditnow.co.uk/Album/Personal-Album-1127/
Topic: Proposal to revive Cumbrian coal mining
Buckhill

Forum: North West England   Posted: 07/06/2017 22:55:31   Subject: Proposal to revive Cumbrian coal mining
That's the idea, slight modification - direction and dip of drifts from end of anhydrite workings - of the 1970s NCB proposal. Difference is we would have been going into a mothballed mine to start up
Topic: Proposal to revive Cumbrian coal mining
Buckhill

Forum: North West England   Posted: 07/06/2017 21:23:44   Subject: Proposal to revive Cumbrian coal mining
The planning application has been submitted!

https://cloud2.atriumsoft.com/ePlanningCMB/loadFullDetails.do?aplId=45792

Topic: Jane Pit Coal Mine (mine)
Buckhill

Forum: North West England   Posted: 16/11/2016 21:01:57   Subject: Jane Pit Coal Mine (mine)
Could the entry for this pit be edited please?

The first paragraph is fair enough - Curwen, best surviving example, etc., but the remainder is misleading (it was taken from Allerdale Counci
Topic: Greenside or Force Crag, electric loco
Buckhill

Forum: North West England   Posted: 30/10/2016 15:00:25   Subject: Greenside or Force Crag, electric loco
There were two OHEL locos at Greenside on the Lucy Level. It was the "new" 1938 replacement loco converted to battery. Another loco was also purchased in 1938, not sure if it was battery or OH powered
Topic: Proposal to revive Cumbrian coal mining
Buckhill

Forum: North West England   Posted: 16/10/2016 15:06:59   Subject: Proposal to revive Cumbrian coal mining
No need for excuses - it's been stated for quite some time that the majority of jobs would be offered to locals with the important caveat [i]whenever possible[/i]. As the last local mine, employing 35
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