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Posts by John Griffiths

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Topic: Hafan Lead Mine
John Griffiths

Forum: Mid Wales   Posted: 12/07/2020 09:44:07   Subject: Hafan Lead Mine
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Perhaps they've been covered in scree - you would have seen them if you had gone down the incline far enough. They were there in 1986 when I took the photo, but I have
Topic: Pangolin
John Griffiths

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 15/04/2020 11:26:33   Subject: Pangolin
BBC2 on Friday 17th April at 9.00pm - Pangolins:The World's Most Wanted Animal
Topic: Ways to pass the time when you don't have a mine in the garden
John Griffiths

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/04/2020 17:26:57   Subject: Ways to pass the time when you don't have a mine in the garden
I am getting on with putting the finishing touches to the house extension I started in 1987. I'm doing jobs that have taken thirty three years and ten minutes to do.
Topic: Ways to pass the time when you don't have a mine in the garden
John Griffiths

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/04/2020 17:26:09   Subject: Ways to pass the time when you don't have a mine in the garden
I am getting on with putting the finishing touches to the house extension I started in 1987. I'm doing jobs that have taken thirty three years and ten minutes to do.
Topic: Period photo of the Rhiwbach quarry village (photo)
John Griffiths

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 28/03/2020 17:26:42   Subject: Period photo of the Rhiwbach quarry village (photo)
Back to the photo for a minute. The painting reproduced on p. 192 of David Gwyn's Llechi / Slate book is done from more or less exactly the same viewpoint, and shows which were the corrugated iron bui
Topic: Hafod Las Slate Mine
John Griffiths

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 15/07/2019 07:56:18   Subject: Hafod Las Slate Mine
Having been brought up in Pentre Du, I can definitely confirm that there was hardly any underground in Hafodlas, your informant was either pulling your leg or didn't know what he was on about. There a
Topic: Lead mining at Llangynog
John Griffiths

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 25/02/2019 11:33:07   Subject: Lead mining at Llangynog
The two books to get are these, although they're well out of print.

The Tanat Valley - Its Railways & Industrial Archaeology by Wilfred J Wren. David & Charles 1968

The Old Mines
Topic: Western Cyffty via Parc. Anyone been lately?
John Griffiths

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 17/10/2018 20:15:13   Subject: Western Cyffty via Parc. Anyone been lately?
That's the reason the road through Cwm Machno quarry to Rhiwbach has been improved. Regular inspections will take place of the flooded pit at the southern end of the Rhiwbach site. Inspectors will dr
Topic: Sand saws
John Griffiths

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 24/02/2018 12:28:03   Subject: Sand saws
I think the sand saws used in North Wales were mainly reciprocating saws. The sand was fed into the groove manually.
Topic: Sand saws
John Griffiths

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 18/02/2018 21:01:36   Subject: Sand saws
GAT Report 252 - Gwynedd Slate Quarries, has a photo of "A sand saw at work in a Dolwyddelan quarry."
This can be accessed at-

http://www.walesher1974.org/her/groups/GAT/media/GAT_Repo
Topic: Sand saws
John Griffiths

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 07/02/2018 18:47:39   Subject: Sand saws
In the report on the excavation of the Moel Siabod Hone Quarry, there's an engraving of an Italian sand saw from the 1900's, although it's not very clear. There's also a diagram of the saw that was f
Topic: Fron Oleu
John Griffiths

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 28/09/2016 18:54:11   Subject: Fron Oleu
An article by Tom Cotterell in the Welsh Mines Society newsletter No. 64, Spring 2011 describes Twll Maen Grisial as a dolerite intrusion containing "alpine type" fissure veins filled with quartz, alb
Topic: Cwmorthin Managers Office
John Griffiths

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 21/08/2016 17:48:14   Subject: Cwmorthin Managers Office
Is the pot bellied stove still in there? We spent a few weekends in the building in the late 70's, early 80's. If I remember, the Eldon Pothole Club used it as a hut then.
I finally found a slide
Topic: Mine Headframes in the British Isles
John Griffiths

Forum: Mining Heritage   Posted: 10/04/2016 14:25:49   Subject: Mine Headframes in the British Isles
I called in at Cefn Coed last week. The planning application tied to the fence is for the careful dismantling of the two headframes and their re-erection within five years
Topic: A Summary of Monthly Returns of the Men Employed in the Mines and What they produce - Gwydir Estate 1838 to 1920
John Griffiths

Forum: For Sale! (and wanted / for swap)   Posted: 04/02/2016 15:28:19   Subject: A Summary of Monthly Returns of the Men Employed in the Mines and What they produce - Gwydir Estate 1838 to 1920
The Robert W Vernon collection, which I think was the material collected for the Mines of the Gwydir Forest series of books, by Rob Vernon and John Bennett, is deposited in the Conwy archives in Lland
Topic: Person Newydd
John Griffiths

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 08/11/2015 21:47:24   Subject: Person Newydd
Ac o Abergwaun!!
Topic: Carn Dochan
John Griffiths

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 24/08/2015 09:15:32   Subject: Carn Dochan
The history of the mine is described in a fine article by Simon Hughes in British Mining No. 50, 1994. This can be viewed at
www.nmrs.org.uk/publications/50.html
Topic: Carn Dochan
John Griffiths

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 16/08/2015 15:49:11   Subject: Carn Dochan
I was there in the winter and it was pretty obvious. Persevere through the bracken and you'll find it. Have a good check for sheep ticks at the end of the day.
Topic: Carn Dochan
John Griffiths

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 15/08/2015 17:07:55   Subject: Carn Dochan
As you walk up the track from the road, you come across a jumble of broken concrete on your right (the remains of the mill) .The level is just behind this, at the head of a prominent cutting and just
Topic: 1965 Llanrwst flood photos
John Griffiths

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 19/06/2015 16:14:01   Subject: 1965 Llanrwst flood photos
The photos show the cottage opposite the entrance to Cwmllannerch farm. The water came from Llyn Parc and washed waste from the Aberllyn tips.
At the same time, material from Parc mine was washe
Topic: Llechwedd Theft (Another One!)
John Griffiths

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 01/08/2014 19:22:23   Subject: Llechwedd Theft (Another One!)
If that was the lump of metal lying next to the pans, then yes it has. I've just posted a couple of photos on the Cesailgwm archive album, from 1987.
Topic: Llechwedd Theft (Another One!)
John Griffiths

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 01/08/2014 19:05:41   Subject: Llechwedd Theft (Another One!)
The pair of Britten Pans at Cesailgwm Fawr disappeared over the winter. Now they would look good filled with flowers, but must have needed some lifting machinery. Was it an official removal, or just
Topic: The Entrance (photo) - Moel Yr Ogof
John Griffiths

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 27/02/2014 15:10:25   Subject: The Entrance (photo) - Moel Yr Ogof
Nothing to do with King Arthur. Moel yr Ogof was named after Ogof Owain Glyndwr. This cave is located on the grassy ledge that leads from the asbestos mine around the front of the buttress. It is poss
Topic: swallow falls/betws y coed
John Griffiths

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 27/02/2014 14:54:41   Subject: swallow falls/betws y coed
This is the Coed Mawr Pool deep adit, known locally as Pool Mine. The mine itself is up on the plateau not far from Nant BH, but the site was bulldozed, along with a lot more up there, in the 1960's,
Topic: Cynnant: recent activity?
John Griffiths

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 12/07/2013 10:20:16   Subject: Cynnant: recent activity?
Visited in October 2008, according to my camera. There are two levels. One is closed but accessible through a winze on the hillside above. The lower level is open. Not much to see, but a nice walk.
Topic: Newborough Mine iron plates
John Griffiths

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 31/07/2012 17:58:42   Subject: Newborough Mine iron plates
I notice that the two iron plates (probably used for manual ore-crushing) have disappeared from Newborough mine, across the track from Cwt y Bugail slate quarry (SH730465). Is this something official
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