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Topic: Info About Coniston
Hattlebags

Forum: North West England   Posted: 09/07/2020 12:17:22   Subject: Info About Coniston
The whole of the Copper mine system is moving around (aka collapsing) one bit at a time. There was a sizeable movement in the vicinity of the Blue Rock Chamber earlier this year. That has made a dange
Topic: Easy underground stuff for a newbie.
Hattlebags

Forum: North East England   Posted: 27/06/2020 22:55:08   Subject: Easy underground stuff for a newbie.
Important to realise that there is no such thing as Underground Exploring Safely. All mines are inherently dangerous albeit the extent of that danger varies considerably. If you want some non technica
Topic: Photography in caves
Hattlebags

Forum: Underground Photography & Video   Posted: 17/06/2020 13:16:56   Subject: Photography in caves
Or just use an IPhone that is less than 2 years old. Their ability to produce unfeasibly good pictures with poor lighting is bordering on the annoying. After years of lugging around tripods, fancy ca
Topic: Green Wheelie Bin
Hattlebags

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 19/05/2020 08:39:55   Subject: Green Wheelie Bin
But that one is brown.
Topic: Back underground ????
Hattlebags

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/05/2020 08:20:02   Subject: Back underground ????
Jim, interesting article. The article concludes by saying “our most important task is not to stop spread, which is all but futile, but to concentrate on giving the unfortunate victims optimal care”. T
Topic: Back underground ????
Hattlebags

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/05/2020 00:14:30   Subject: Back underground ????
I think there is an increasing recognition that this virus is here to stay and there may never be an effective vaccine. So we need to learn to live with it. The longer the country stays in lockdown t
Topic: 16th C Miners tools and clothing
Hattlebags

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 21/04/2020 12:08:32   Subject: 16th C Miners tools and clothing
This is the Coat of Arms for the Society of Mineral & Battery Works. This company was incorporated at the same time as the Company of Mines Royal, but it had a different function. It focused on manufa
Topic: 16th C Miners tools and clothing
Hattlebags

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 21/04/2020 12:00:35   Subject: 16th C Miners tools and clothing
This is the Coat of Arms of The Society of Mines Royal which dates to 1568. The miners clothing, tools and instruments are of interest. The miners on the left and in the central panel have a pair of t
Topic: Miners Tools.
Hattlebags

Forum: Mining Methods & Techniques   Posted: 21/04/2020 11:58:43   Subject: Miners Tools.
This is the Coat of Arms of The Society of Mines Royal which dates to 1568. The miners tools are of interest. The miners on the left and in the central panel have a pair of tools which each has a pick
Topic: Vanoord's a Joke
Hattlebags

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/04/2020 08:16:36   Subject: Vanoord's a Joke
It is with great sadness that I have to mention the loss of a few local businesses around our Town. The bra manufacturer has gone bust, the Fish Shop has Floundered, The Office Supplies Company has go
Topic: Mine on scarrowmanwick fell Cumbria
Hattlebags

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/03/2020 22:28:22   Subject: Mine on scarrowmanwick fell Cumbria
Yes, surely connected. Croglin is the village at the foot of Scarrowmanwick. There have been vampire like legends around there for centuries (possibly many centuries). These were popularised in the 18
Topic: Mine on scarrowmanwick fell Cumbria
Hattlebags

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 19/03/2020 23:03:54   Subject: Mine on scarrowmanwick fell Cumbria
Out of interest, the name Scarrowmanwick Fell means Scary Man Place Hill. Apparently the name refers to a local vampire legend of a demon that appeared as a man and sucked the blood of travellers. May
Topic: Calendar 2020 Profits
Hattlebags

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 02/03/2020 18:37:35   Subject: Calendar 2020 Profits
On behalf of CATMHS (Cumbria Mining History Society in case anyone didn’t know) can I thank you for this donation. CATMHS continue to work to preserve the memory and the fabric of many mine & quarry s
Topic: Ruthwaite
Hattlebags

Forum: North West England   Posted: 22/11/2019 21:57:44   Subject: Ruthwaite
Yes, there are a few small adits at Ruthwaite. The longest is off the side of the Beck and runs for about 80 yards. There is so little mineralisation it is actually difficult to understand what they w
Topic: Hospital level, Coniston
Hattlebags

Forum: North West England   Posted: 16/11/2019 09:43:14   Subject: Hospital level, Coniston
The other one of my pet theories is why Thriddle is the name used for the shaft and incline, around the fellside from Hospital Level. I believe Thriddle is the condensed version of the full name of t
Topic: Hospital level, Coniston
Hattlebags

Forum: North West England   Posted: 16/11/2019 09:18:38   Subject: Hospital level, Coniston
I believe it was called “Hospital Level” because it was where any miner who was poorly or infirm or simply elderly were sent to work. Even today Mines and Quarries have “Light Duties” areas or tasks a
Topic: Glencoynedale
Hattlebags

Forum: North West England   Posted: 05/11/2019 15:38:05   Subject: Glencoynedale
That route is no longer available. Various ladders became highly unstable, some ladders are detached or missing and the platform stagings were rotten and no longer regarded as fit for purpose. The f
Topic: Coniston through trip condition
Hattlebags

Forum: North West England   Posted: 31/10/2019 23:03:16   Subject: Coniston through trip condition
PM sent
Topic: Buckden Gavel explorers 1987
Hattlebags

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 10/09/2019 00:26:06   Subject: Buckden Gavel explorers 1987
May well have been a bunch of Potholers. Exploring this part of the mine is rather like potholing, with lots of squirming about in small spaces. Although mine explorers in the 1980's were a younger l
Topic: Buckden Gavel explorers 1987
Hattlebags

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 09/09/2019 21:32:20   Subject: Buckden Gavel explorers 1987
Did Dave Carlisle find Buckden Bill ? I thought it was a group of Students from Birmingham University who discovered the body of Bill (John Sunter Place) in 1964. Was Dave Carlisle one of those Stud
Topic: Buckden Gavel explorers 1987
Hattlebags

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 09/09/2019 10:47:54   Subject: Buckden Gavel explorers 1987
The beer can and the aluminium plaque with the engraving on it are in a relatively inaccessible section of the mine. That is the warren of workings above the collapsed level at the back of the mine.
Topic: Buckden Gavel explorers 1987
Hattlebags

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 08/09/2019 06:27:39   Subject: Buckden Gavel explorers 1987
Ok, until I work out how to post images, here is a description.

It is an engraved aluminium sheet showing the following text

“SFBMRG - CROSSHILLS
GAVEL LEAD MINE
MIS
Topic: Buckden Gavel explorers 1987
Hattlebags

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 08/09/2019 06:22:45   Subject: Buckden Gavel explorers 1987
Does anyone know the story of this ? Seen in Buckden Gavel.

[img]https://www.flickr.com/gp/hattlebags/r49316[/img]


[img]https://www.flickr.com/gp/hattlebags/r49316[/img]
Topic: Calamine Mining in the 16thC
Hattlebags

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 09/08/2019 07:06:28   Subject: Calamine Mining in the 16thC
All very valuable info, thanks. I am trying to pin down the source of “calamine” used by the Society of Mineral and Battery Works in the 1568 - 1590 period. So quite a bit earlier than many of the sou
Topic: Calamine Mining in the 16thC
Hattlebags

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 26/07/2019 08:00:19   Subject: Calamine Mining in the 16thC
Can anyone here help me with local info on mining for Calamine (Zinc Ores) in the 16th / 17th Century. This was used to alloy with copper to make Brass. I believe the Mendips was the main source of Ca
Topic: Thanks to Cambrian for NAMHO
Hattlebags

Forum: Events   Posted: 09/07/2019 06:40:39   Subject: Thanks to Cambrian for NAMHO
Just back from a glorious long weekend in Mid Wales. The Cambrian Mines Trust and their army of volunteers deserve many thanks for such a successful, enjoyable, informative and sociable event, with pe
Topic: Slag, clinker and ash
Hattlebags

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/04/2019 07:55:56   Subject: Slag, clinker and ash
I am researching the history of mining and smelting activities in Cumbria in the 16th and 17th Century. Can anyone here help me better understand the waste product from smelting, forging and other ind
Topic: Great Langdale - what’s to see?
Hattlebags

Forum: North West England   Posted: 11/11/2018 21:56:57   Subject: Great Langdale - what’s to see?
The adit that connects to the top of the ladderway is pretty comprehensively run in at present. Some talk of digging it, but everytime we take a look at the task we are rather put off by the conditio
Topic: Great Langdale - what’s to see?
Hattlebags

Forum: North West England   Posted: 11/11/2018 07:26:30   Subject: Great Langdale - what’s to see?
Or go see the oldest workings of the lot The 5,000 year old workings on the greenstone band that runs through the Langdale Pikes across to Scafell Pike. This Stone was used to manufacture axe heads an
Topic: Hartsop
Hattlebags

Forum: North West England   Posted: 13/09/2018 22:39:10   Subject: Hartsop
We installed a few bolts there about 15 months ago and had a bit poke about. All a bit hairy and sketchy really without much to recommend. There is a low 02 area around the Birdcage, although there m
Topic: Coniston Mine Bomb
Hattlebags

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 02/06/2018 23:55:24   Subject: Coniston Mine Bomb
http://www.catmhs.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/MG-454-Sunday-Times-8-Nov-1998-Bomb-under-Levers-Water-Clip.pdf
Topic: New camera
Hattlebags

Forum: Member Projects   Posted: 04/05/2018 21:57:06   Subject: New camera
Olympus TG5 is superb for below ground. The Live Composite mode is awesome.
Topic: 18650
Hattlebags

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 27/11/2017 09:21:32   Subject: 18650
I have been using www.nextdaybatteries.com

Great value, next day delivery, only good gear. Batteries are way too important to take chances with, so to my mind using a reliable UK source is
Topic: Event reminder: Alderley Edge
Hattlebags

Forum: Events   Posted: 07/09/2017 23:17:45   Subject: Event reminder: Alderley Edge
Are SRT or Cowstails needed / useful ? And how deep is the water (ankle, welly, jewellery, waist, chest, neck or snorkel) ?

Topic: Pumping water from deep mines
Hattlebags

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 16/04/2017 08:19:56   Subject: Pumping water from deep mines
Can anyone here help me understand how the pumps used in the 19th C to lift water out of Deep mines worked ? In the Coniston Coppermines water had to be pumped up well over 1,000ft. I can understand h
Topic: Thoughts whilst ascending
Hattlebags

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 28/03/2017 16:51:44   Subject: Thoughts whilst ascending
Initially just getting back off the ground when trying to ascend a 160 ft rope is quite tricky. The stretch of a semi static that long is probably around 10ft, so taking up that stretch and finally ju
Topic: Thoughts whilst ascending
Hattlebags

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 28/03/2017 09:13:16   Subject: Thoughts whilst ascending
Does anyone else ever find themselves dangling half way up a 160 foot long rope, in a wide and seemingly endless vertical stope, above a completely collapsed level, reflecting on just how small the te
Topic: CATMHS ON FACEBOOK
Hattlebags

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/01/2017 23:35:42   Subject: CATMHS ON FACEBOOK
Cumbria mining history society (CATMHS) now has a public Facebook group page. If you are interested in Mine sites in The Lake District, check it out here.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1120413
Topic: Carrock access?
Hattlebags

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/01/2017 23:24:46   Subject: Carrock access?
Did anyone visit Carrock in recent weeks ? If so was the mine gate and the mine itself in its "normal" condition ? The reason I ask is that the gate on the access track (about 200 yards before the min
Topic: Carrock access?
Hattlebags

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/01/2017 18:28:27   Subject: Carrock access?
Best not publicise the key spec too widely. There has been some gratuitous vandalism there recently and the landowner was rightly quite upset. And always wise to lock the gate after you as you go in.
Topic: Brim Fell copper mine
Hattlebags

Forum: North West England   Posted: 20/12/2016 08:35:46   Subject: Brim Fell copper mine
https://flickr.com/photos/52711825@N05/sets/72157668090862762
Topic: Brim Fell copper mine
Hattlebags

Forum: North West England   Posted: 20/12/2016 08:31:17   Subject: Brim Fell copper mine
Yes been in there many times. Like every other attempt to find copper ore on Brim Fell this was a failure. The working goes about 100 yards to the forehead with no commercially viable veins of ore fou
Topic: Loughrigg Fell (Rydal Cave) Slate Mine
Hattlebags

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 17/07/2016 12:14:24   Subject: Loughrigg Fell (Rydal Cave) Slate Mine
There are a couple of other slate closeheads below "Rydal Cave" - just off the main path and very obvious. Bit of a scramble up in to them though. Nothing flooded. A very small working further along L
Topic: Rydal
Hattlebags

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 17/07/2016 11:56:41   Subject: Rydal
PM sent ;D
Topic: Rydal
Hattlebags

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/07/2016 22:49:07   Subject: Rydal
Above Rydal there is a flooded adit about 120 yards long. So if that's your thing .......
Topic: Kentmere Pike / Long Sleddale Quarry
Hattlebags

Forum: North West England   Posted: 05/11/2015 08:23:49   Subject: Kentmere Pike / Long Sleddale Quarry
The book that I have used extensively this year is by David Glover called Quarries of Lakeland. Very well written, informative, detailed account of slate workings throughout the Park. Pictures aren't
Topic: Kentmere Pike / Long Sleddale Quarry
Hattlebags

Forum: North West England   Posted: 04/11/2015 14:44:06   Subject: Kentmere Pike / Long Sleddale Quarry
That article is excellent .... haven't seen it before. Many thanks.
Topic: Kentmere Pike / Long Sleddale Quarry
Hattlebags

Forum: North West England   Posted: 04/11/2015 12:26:29   Subject: Kentmere Pike / Long Sleddale Quarry
Did you find it ? I am planning a visit to Wrengill soon and in addition to the slate quarry, I was hoping to find workings higher up Kentmere Pike as shown on the OS map. I an expecting to get quite
Topic: Tilberthwaite Tour 20/9/15 at 10am
Hattlebags

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 17/09/2015 20:02:29   Subject: Tilberthwaite Tour 20/9/15 at 10am
On Sunday 20 September, I am guiding a walk around the many adits, leats and open workings of Tilberthwaite Gill near Coniston. Quite a strenuous walk, looking in several levels (all horizontal no ver
Topic: Photographs Of Carrock (album)
Hattlebags

Forum: North West England   Posted: 26/08/2015 07:41:03   Subject: Photographs Of Carrock (album)
Just uploaded some pictures of a trip in to Carrock on 25 August. Some uploaded pictures are shown on their side in the album but they are correctly orientated on my computer. Why does this happen ? C
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