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Topic: Video explore of an old silver mine
sparlad

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/12/2019 21:16:27   Subject: Video explore of an old silver mine
I assume it was a lead mine where the galena had a relatively high silver content. Would that make it a silver mine?
Topic: Pike Law boulder lines Sept 2017 (photo)
sparlad

Forum: North East England   Posted: 16/07/2019 20:01:34   Subject: Pike Law boulder lines Sept 2017 (photo)
Here's a report on the geology of Pike Law where these outwash fans and boulder lines are discussed. I know this area intimately and these things have always puzzled me. The most obvious answer is tha
Topic: Greenside mine book
sparlad

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 17/05/2018 23:28:25   Subject: Greenside mine book
'Worth only what someone as willing to pay'

hmmm, isn't that true of everything?

Topic: South Crofty looking for money!
sparlad

Forum: South West England   Posted: 15/05/2018 23:23:54   Subject: South Crofty looking for money!
Interesting that the first £25 million will be used to determine if it's even feasible to commence production. The Strongbow chief exec says the prospect offers 'great potential at a relatively low ri
Topic: Greenside mine book
sparlad

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 10/05/2018 21:27:24   Subject: Greenside mine book
I have for sale a copy of Samuel Murphy's book 'Grey Gold', Men, mining and metallurgy at the Greenside Lead Mine in Cumbria. It is in almost as-new condition so PM me with a sensible offer if interes
Topic: Heights Pasture Iron Mine (mine)
sparlad

Forum: North East England   Posted: 02/05/2018 21:54:11   Subject: Heights Pasture Iron Mine (mine)
That's it exactly. The lead/iron mine is simply marked as Heights Mine. The Heights Pasture workings are on the Slitt vein and close to the 'waterfall' on the east side of Park Burn. The two mines are
Topic: Heights Pasture Iron Mine (mine)
sparlad

Forum: North East England   Posted: 30/04/2018 21:36:54   Subject: Heights Pasture Iron Mine (mine)
Heights Pasture was the name given to the opencast fluorspar workings to the east of Park Burn near to the track of the mineral railway. The lead/ironstone workings were known simply as Heights Mine,
Topic: Historic Photographs Of Heights (album)
sparlad

Forum: North East England   Posted: 30/04/2018 21:25:27   Subject: Historic Photographs Of Heights (album)
John, the dumps are from the level that was driven directly into Heights north vein. About 200m inbye you could turn right along the west cross vein so I guess the material on the dumps could have com
Topic: Heights Mine
sparlad

Forum: North East England   Posted: 29/01/2018 21:01:26   Subject: Heights Mine
The levels associated with south vein and both east and west cross veins are long gone and the level driven into north vein was blasted in by the lease owners. I seem to remember it was first blown in
Topic: Teesside Mine
sparlad

Forum: North East England   Posted: 20/10/2017 21:53:46   Subject: Teesside Mine
Pedant that I am I'd like to point out that photo of the month showing 'Teeside' mine is actually TEESSIDE mine. It's called Teesside because it's by the side of the Tees, not the Tee ;)
Topic: Electic Dumper
sparlad

Forum: Mining Methods & Techniques   Posted: 22/09/2017 21:18:32   Subject: Electic Dumper
Don't you just love human ingenuity. It's scientists and engineers that are going to solve the world's problems..not yoghurt-weaving tree huggers.
Topic: Mining term: Bouse
sparlad

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/09/2017 21:21:48   Subject: Mining term: Bouse
I've had a great interest in the origins of our place names since I was still at school and first started reading maps. As for the Teesdale/Weardale watershed, all streams draining south into the Tees
Topic: Hudeshope west
sparlad

Forum: North East England   Posted: 09/07/2017 21:33:15   Subject: Hudeshope west
If it's on a SAMUK plan then presumably Jim Foster-Smith got the name from somewhere....or just decided that's what he was going to call it. Wonder if SAMUK had a Hudeshope east.
Topic: Hudeshope west
sparlad

Forum: North East England   Posted: 08/07/2017 23:12:32   Subject: Hudeshope west
Just seen pics of Hudeshope West mine. When did that name come into existence? We always knew it as Fangio's level and it is sometimes called Newberry Scar level. Which is correct?
Topic: newlandside quarry (photo)
sparlad

Forum: North East England   Posted: 17/11/2016 22:48:41   Subject: newlandside quarry (photo)
'One of the tunnels still exists between the western end of the east newlandside quarry and the eastern end heading toward parsons byers. Its worth the akward slide into it.'

Tommy used tha
Topic: newlandside quarry (photo)
sparlad

Forum: North East England   Posted: 15/11/2016 22:43:34   Subject: newlandside quarry (photo)
John, I would say this is the east side of the road looking west into the corner where the tunnel went through....just the slope of the land where the road comes down makes me think that. Back in the
Topic: Smittergill/greencastle veins
sparlad

Forum: North West England   Posted: 26/07/2016 22:26:21   Subject: Smittergill/greencastle veins
No copies of Ian's magnum opus on bookfinder.com but BM 91 has a nice little plan of the area and should be available from NMRS.
Topic: Video Report : Tyne Bottom Lead Mine , Nenthead , UK
sparlad

Forum: North East England   Posted: 03/07/2016 23:15:11   Subject: Video Report : Tyne Bottom Lead Mine , Nenthead , UK
Not quite Nenthead. The Nent valley is over the hill and Tynebottom is at Garrigill in the South Tyne valley.

I know, I should get out more;)
Topic: West Cumbrian Iron ore
sparlad

Forum: North West England   Posted: 15/06/2016 20:37:52   Subject: West Cumbrian Iron ore
I believe the Arts Centre at Florence is actually producing a series of artist's pigments from the hematite. Obviously a limited range of colours !
Topic: Camera Tripod found at Smallclough
sparlad

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 26/05/2016 23:37:06   Subject: Camera Tripod found at Smallclough
It was probably left there by someone who thought it would still be there when he came out of SmallCLEUGH but for thieving ******* Germans!!
Topic: Unknown location somewhere underground
sparlad

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/05/2016 21:44:39   Subject: Unknown location somewhere underground
I'd agree with John. I had several trips into Florence in the 80s and never saw anything like this. Roadways were generally much wider, tubs much larger and stacked deads not a practice they'd need to
Topic: Grove Rake 1984 PDMHS meet (photo)
sparlad

Forum: North East England   Posted: 07/05/2016 22:38:59   Subject: Grove Rake 1984 PDMHS meet (photo)
Looks like Dave Strutt to me. He used to live a few doors from my ex wife. Also once gave me a bollocking for poking about on the stockpile at Broadwood in a fruitless search for huge plates of fluori
Topic: Dufton Fell lead mine
sparlad

Forum: North West England   Posted: 24/03/2016 23:16:39   Subject: Dufton Fell lead mine
mineral collectors?? highly unlikely as there's sod all up there of interest apart from baryte which nobody wants except the oil industry for use in drilling mud.
Topic: Bronze age mining in the Lake District (Kendal)
sparlad

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 21/02/2016 21:32:21   Subject: Bronze age mining in the Lake District (Kendal)
Not directly related to the OP but items from the stone axe 'factory' in Langdale have been found all over Britain and parts of Europe. It shows that even as far back as neolithic times there were ext
Topic: Gutterby Pit - Iron Mine
sparlad

Forum: North West England   Posted: 10/01/2016 21:25:31   Subject: Gutterby Pit - Iron Mine
[quote="Avenger"]Probably shut off Gutterby Mine as they want to build a solar farm.[/quote]

A rain farm would be more appropriate.
Topic: M62 Sinkhole
sparlad

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 26/12/2015 20:54:59   Subject: M62 Sinkhole
Anybody got pictures of it?
Seems that anything more than a few inches deep is called a sinkhole these days.
Topic: Eggles Hope to Hudes Hope
sparlad

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 19/12/2015 21:10:28   Subject: Eggles Hope to Hudes Hope
Stick to the footpaths where you can. Raby estate gamekeepers can be a bit touchy!!
Topic: Sad day.
sparlad

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 18/12/2015 21:40:44   Subject: Sad day.
John, I think that the hidden cost is they have to pay decent wages. Much cheaper to get desperate people in south america to work a 60+ hour week with little or nothing in the way of safety procedure
Topic: Inclined Plane at Danby Mine
sparlad

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 09/12/2015 21:22:17   Subject: Inclined Plane at Danby Mine
There was an incline that ran down from Danby level to the westernmost of the two large dressing floors below. Still quite obvious on satellite images.
Topic: HELP! Copperplate mine details needed!
sparlad

Forum: North West England   Posted: 08/10/2015 23:10:41   Subject: HELP! Copperplate mine details needed!
[quote="Boy Engineer"]Was this the source of the graphite first used for the eponymous font?[/quote]

The font was so named for it's likeness to the formal script used on engraved copper pri
Topic: Heights Mine
sparlad

Forum: North East England   Posted: 12/09/2015 21:20:28   Subject: Heights Mine
The Beamish photos are of the Heights Pasture Mine which worked the Slitt vein. Heights mine proper was to the north and worked a different set of veins.
Topic: Hope Level Fluorite Mine accessible?
sparlad

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 19/07/2015 21:48:51   Subject: Hope Level Fluorite Mine accessible?
My most enduring memory of Malcolm Brown was being almost mowed down by him when they were re-working the dumps at Coldberry. I was just poking around on some of the dressing floor and he came hurtlin
Topic: Mines around Leyburn
sparlad

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 15/06/2015 21:49:55   Subject: Mines around Leyburn
[i]Maybe someone could suggest something over Cobscar, which is not an area I know.[/i]

Last time I was at Cobscar some local busybody must have seen me and phoned the police. Up he rolls i
Topic: Leadhills mines
sparlad

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 04/05/2015 22:41:43   Subject: Leadhills mines
The Buccleuch estate is responsible for the land around Wanlockhead. Leadhills, over the county boundary in Lanarkshire, is owned by Hopetoun estates although the land is leased to the Leadhills estat
Topic: Minco at Nenthead
sparlad

Forum: North East England   Posted: 31/03/2015 21:57:07   Subject: Minco at Nenthead
Similar to the Cumbrian and Cannonbie Coal projects?

I think that's a bit different in that the reserves are real. My understanding is that area is heavily faulted, making conventional mini
Topic: Manchester Central Library: Fears that tens of thousands of books may have been pulped
sparlad

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 15/02/2015 21:59:46   Subject: Manchester Central Library: Fears that tens of thousands of books may have been pulped
Forty-odd years ago I had a summer job driving mobile libraries and vans for a Yorkshire library. One of the runs each week was to take dozens of boxes of 'surplus' stock for pulping so this sort of t
Topic: Cornwall & Devon Flourspar
sparlad

Forum: South West England   Posted: 29/01/2015 00:19:31   Subject: Cornwall & Devon Flourspar
[quote="Graigfawr"][quote="sparlad"]What were they using fluorspar for in the early nineteenth century?[/quote]

Flux in copper smelting - Cornish fluorspar was mostly used in the Swansea di
Topic: Cornwall & Devon Flourspar
sparlad

Forum: South West England   Posted: 28/01/2015 21:39:55   Subject: Cornwall & Devon Flourspar
[quote="Alasdair Neill"]
Although most old texts would suggest this industry was fairly insignificant, total production in fact amounted to somewhere around a quarter of a million tons, notably f
Topic: 50 Years of Lead Mining in the Pennines
sparlad

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 26/01/2015 22:05:49   Subject: 50 Years of Lead Mining in the Pennines
Mark, I believe a lot of Harold Beadle's stuff went to Durham Record Office. As you probably know his family were involved in Teesdale mining from the 18th century. I'm sure that someone also told me
Topic: Groverake / Frasers Hush Documentation
sparlad

Forum: North East England   Posted: 03/12/2014 23:06:28   Subject: Groverake / Frasers Hush Documentation
Obviously not enough as I'm still here to write about it!

My over-riding memory of the trip is one of the miners saying to me : keep your fu****g hands out of them loft holes ;D
Topic: Groverake / Frasers Hush Documentation
sparlad

Forum: North East England   Posted: 03/12/2014 22:26:39   Subject: Groverake / Frasers Hush Documentation
It's not quite one long level connecting Frazers and GR. We had a trip down Frazers in the early 90s with Dave Strutt, the company geologist. We walked down the Frazers dib and examined some of the st
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