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Topic: Falling rocks
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Forum: General Chat   Posted: 09/12/2009 14:09:27   Subject: Falling rocks
In the days when there were plenty of uncapped shafts on Alston Moor for exploration, we went down one with about 100 ft of ladder. The level we reached went only about 120 ft before it was blocked.
Topic: Tin miners emigration to Northumberland
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Forum: General Chat   Posted: 07/12/2009 09:53:49   Subject: Tin miners emigration to Northumberland
Wow! Isn't it just great when you put out a feeler and get a reply as comprehensive as the one above
Topic: Tin miners emigration to Northumberland
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Forum: General Chat   Posted: 06/12/2009 22:03:28   Subject: Tin miners emigration to Northumberland
Reverting to the original thread, there seems to have been a big Cornish influence amongst the iron ore miners of what is now South Cumbria, particularly Barrow in Furness and Millom. Cornish surnames
Topic: Any words of wisdom?
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Forum: North East England   Posted: 17/11/2009 23:31:21   Subject: Any words of wisdom?
Chris doesn't give a reason for doubting Sherburn's ownership. However if you start "doing something" in a quarry, you'll never believe how fast an owner turns up! :lol:
Topic: Any words of wisdom?
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Forum: North East England   Posted: 17/11/2009 22:31:26   Subject: Any words of wisdom?
Sherburn Stone seem to be the biggest stone people in the Durham area and have a fair old number of quarries. I see from Touchdurham.com that they have Crime Rigg quarry due East of Durham but can't
Topic: Coal Mining Subsidence
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Forum: Midlands   Posted: 17/11/2009 09:59:45   Subject: Coal Mining Subsidence
It's not just houses and buildings that are affected. Several years ago British Gypsum had to fork out to have a three quarter mile new road built because the road from the A6 to Cotehill near Carlis
Topic: Coal Mining Subsidence
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Forum: Midlands   Posted: 15/11/2009 16:49:50   Subject: Coal Mining Subsidence
This is still going on. At Egremont in Cumbria in 2005 an old shaft collapsed into an abandoned iron ore mine leading to the evacuation and subsequent demolition of nine bungalows.


Topic: Butterley Engineering... The Scrapman Cometh
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Forum: Midlands   Posted: 13/11/2009 22:29:57   Subject: Butterley Engineering... The Scrapman Cometh
Iclok, in your initial posting you said the site was now in the hands of a firm of crane manufacturers. Do you have a name for the new firm and will they be taking on any of the Butterley staff?
Topic: Divining-rods
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Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/11/2009 10:10:56   Subject: Divining-rods
I have tried many a time to devine things but it just doesn't work for me. LAst time I failed, my wife picked up the roads (wires) and they worked a treat.
As to explanation. I agree that the d
Topic: Wellies!
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Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 11/11/2009 23:09:11   Subject: Wellies!
The wellies or the sheep? ;)
Topic: Wellies!
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Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 11/11/2009 23:03:53   Subject: Wellies!
Not for the sheep though! :o
Topic: Speed of AN
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Forum: General Chat   Posted: 05/11/2009 14:50:01   Subject: Speed of AN
I just wish the southerners, south of Shap, would stop pretending to be Northerners ::)
Topic: Greenside and Kit Hill Explosions
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Forum: North Wales   Posted: 05/11/2009 10:55:49   Subject: Greenside and Kit Hill Explosions
Does anyone know if there is a definitive account of the explosions by the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority at Greenside Lead Mines, Cumbria and Kit Hill, Cornwall. There are cursory mentions o
Topic: LTD vs LLP
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Forum: South West England   Posted: 29/10/2009 23:27:40   Subject: LTD vs LLP
With a new venture, capital is usually quite tight and going to an accountant or solicitor can be pretty expensive but if you approach one of the enterprise agencies in South Wales, I am sure they cou
Topic: Tool handles
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Forum: South West England   Posted: 29/10/2009 23:11:34   Subject: Tool handles
I can't speak for the rest of the country but in Cumbria there are dozens of agricultural supply shops and they always have a great variety of handles. I don't mean farm shops where you can buy your
Topic: NPHT
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Forum: North East England   Posted: 27/10/2009 09:50:12   Subject: NPHT
I don't know if this will be of any particular help because I was not on the trip but on the May Bank Holiday this year he was with a party in the Smallcleugh, Middlecleugh, Coalcleugh complex and he
Topic: Underground learning at Nenthead
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Forum: General Chat   Posted: 25/10/2009 09:11:33   Subject: Underground learning at Nenthead
Paul, absolutely spot on. I think that there must be plenty of experienced mine explorers around who equate experience with skill. Many are lacking a grounding in several of your topics but are extr
Topic: Archaeology project on Alston moor
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Forum: North West England   Posted: 21/10/2009 22:44:44   Subject: Archaeology project on Alston moor
I think Dean and myself probably have the same forebodings. After the report is eventually published is some bureaucratic health and safety twit going to creep out of the woodwork and say that mine e
Topic: Break-in at Dorothea Engine House
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Forum: North Wales   Posted: 15/10/2009 09:57:26   Subject: Break-in at Dorothea Engine House
C'mon guys
Graham didn't say anyone was thick but made the point about [b]keyboard[/b] spelning mistakes which affect us all from time to time.
I served my time as a journalist when the stan
Topic: Vanoord's a Joke
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Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/10/2009 22:43:43   Subject: Vanoord's a Joke
AR, Have you been to Tesco's?
They advertise

"THICK IRISH SAUSAGES"

Racist or what?
Topic: For sale Headlamp
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Forum: For Sale! (and wanted / for swap)   Posted: 13/10/2009 10:18:21   Subject: For sale Headlamp
900 lumens? Roy, have you thought that this guy may have developed some new radical heat sink. May be the andwer to your prayers. ;)
Topic: Encouraging more use of the site?
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Forum: Site Updates, Suggestions & Corrections   Posted: 12/10/2009 12:58:42   Subject: Encouraging more use of the site?
Just a small point about individual postings with signatures in Welsh. I find it infuriating that there is no translation. Are they witty, sarcastic or rude?
I am a Cumbrian from a village call
Topic: Vanoord's a Joke
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Forum: General Chat   Posted: 08/10/2009 22:11:26   Subject: Vanoord's a Joke
Don't worry, police are investigating the three deaths. They suspect fowl play.
Topic: What's your favourite book?
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Forum: South West England   Posted: 02/10/2009 00:07:30   Subject: What's your favourite book?
For me "Two Centuries of Industrial Welfare. The London Lead Company 1692-1905" by Arthur Raistrick, 1938 Reprinted 1988.
Just read and marvel that a company in the heat of the industrial revolut
Topic: Kirby thore gypsum mine
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Forum: North West England   Posted: 28/09/2009 23:19:38   Subject: Kirby thore gypsum mine
Seems to be a pale grey but who much of the whiteness is due to Drax content, I couln't say.
Topic: Kirby thore gypsum mine
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Forum: North West England   Posted: 28/09/2009 22:56:05   Subject: Kirby thore gypsum mine
Brakeman is quite right about Drax material coming in by rail. I believe they also blend in a very pure form of gypsum from Spain. The beds that are mined in the Eden Valley contain a lot of clay im
Topic: if you like , please tell me .
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Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 28/09/2009 11:22:44   Subject: if you like , please tell me .
[quote="Vanoord"]8 coloured flashing LEDs eh?

I've got a light that's shaped like a cow - and it moos when you use it. Beat that! :o [/quote]

And I thought it was only sheep you
Topic: 'Proper' SRT Training Sessions
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Forum: SRT Equipment & Training   Posted: 26/09/2009 22:42:16   Subject: 'Proper' SRT Training Sessions
This is just a thought, but would a session of SRT training be best at somewhere like Nenthead. I'm sure there must be an old quarry face, cliff or something in the vicinity that's not too daunting f
Topic: Kirby thore gypsum mine
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Forum: North West England   Posted: 25/09/2009 22:29:27   Subject: Kirby thore gypsum mine
Just to put the record straight. When Aditnow was mentioned at Kirkby Thore there were favourable nods. The mines personnel seem quite au fait with who can be trusted and who should be kicked into to
Topic: Kirby thore gypsum mine
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Forum: North West England   Posted: 25/09/2009 09:15:02   Subject: Kirby thore gypsum mine
I did enquire about a visit last year and the mines side of the business was quite amenable to a visit. :thumbup: They did ask which organisation would be posting the trip. I said Aditnow and they w
Topic: Kirby thore gypsum mine
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Forum: North West England   Posted: 25/09/2009 00:07:40   Subject: Kirby thore gypsum mine
Just come across this thread. I went on one of their tours in August 2008 with Cumbria Industrial History Society. It was absolutely first class. We were split in to two groups. One went undergoun
Topic: Damage in Smallcleugh
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Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/04/2009 00:02:53   Subject: Damage in Smallcleugh
I am quite open about this. I like to collect minerals but 99 percent of my collecting was done in the 70's. However, having seen the downright, wanton damage that has been done in the ****** mine b
Topic: Freemasons and the mining community
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Forum: General Chat   Posted: 02/03/2009 23:53:42   Subject: Freemasons and the mining community
Info on Masons dance in Smallcleugh very much appreciated. It does make life difficult if you are 20 years out when researching an event. I went back to the ballroom last year after a break of 36 ye
Topic: Tunnel breakthrough
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Forum: General Chat   Posted: 28/02/2009 00:15:08   Subject: Tunnel breakthrough
It is maybe unstandable that companies want to stage manage these events. Although my memory is not perfect, I am fairly sure that an official, possibly the chairman, of Northumbrian Water was killed
Topic: Freemasons and the mining community
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Forum: General Chat   Posted: 23/02/2009 23:59:08   Subject: Freemasons and the mining community
Sparty, I have heard about this from over 40 years ago and was told by the late Eric Richardson of Nenhead that the ladies were carried in to the mine in the tubs that were covered in sacking or hessi
Topic: Farewell, the last pit pony
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Forum: North East England   Posted: 23/02/2009 14:18:13   Subject: Farewell, the last pit pony
One of the greatest pitfalls in journalism is to claim a first or last anything. Just let anyone on aditnow claim that they were the first down such and such a shaft and I will guarantee someone will
Topic: Farewell, the last pit pony
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Forum: North East England   Posted: 18/02/2009 23:59:15   Subject: Farewell, the last pit pony
Might I be indulged to recollect a bit of nostalgia?
When I was a young reporter, in 1969, I was thrown the annual report of the National Coal Board and told to find a story within its turgid pag
Topic: Underground oddities worldwide
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Forum: Genealogy   Posted: 10/02/2009 08:35:25   Subject: Underground oddities worldwide
MSN's front page is boasting 12 underground site around the world for people to visit from Estonia and Luxembourg in Europe to Daydream mine in Australia. Petty superficial but interesting. You will
Topic: whapping/cumberland at matlock
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Forum: Midlands   Posted: 08/02/2009 23:59:08   Subject: whapping/cumberland at matlock
Just a thought on this thread. In 1970 I was in one of the Scordale mines near Appleby when the Pennine Fault slipped. The noise was absolutely horrendous and we were convinced the entrance had fall
Topic: Boulby June 2009
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Forum: Events   Posted: 08/02/2009 23:51:10   Subject: Boulby June 2009
Can you put me down for the trip. I am not date dependent if I get a couple of week's notice
Topic: Eric Holland's book "Coniston Copper: A History"
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Forum: North West England   Posted: 08/02/2009 23:30:31   Subject: Eric Holland's book
I don't have a copy of this book but if someone could post details of its size, how many pages, photographs etc and whether it is hard-back or soft back, I could give a ball park figure fairly quickly
Topic: Ghosties
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Forum: General Chat   Posted: 30/11/2008 20:54:12   Subject: Ghosties
If I can change the tack of this thread slightly, I was just wondering if there was anything in print about miners seeing ghosts or superstitions about ghosts, spirits, omens etc.

My intere
Topic: 'Proper' SRT Training Sessions
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Forum: SRT Equipment & Training   Posted: 28/11/2008 23:31:42   Subject: 'Proper' SRT Training Sessions
I would be willing to travel to N. Wales for SRT training but would prefer it if there was anything available in the Lake District. Anyone know of any such course?
There are plenty of climbing w
Topic: Mill Morgan Gold Mine Souvenir
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Forum: North Wales   Posted: 17/11/2008 12:30:52   Subject: Mill Morgan Gold Mine Souvenir
On Ebay today, there is a small cup with an illustration of Mill Morgan Gold Mine, Merioneth. It does not seem to feature in our mines index. Was it known by some other name. Sorry don't have exact
Topic: Hot-water mines
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Forum: General Chat   Posted: 07/10/2008 10:13:45   Subject: Hot-water mines
I think this discussion just goes to illustrate the terrific amount of expertise that there is available on this web site.

Really fascinating stuff.

After reading through this th
Topic: Hilton Lead Mine
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Forum: North West England   Posted: 16/09/2008 23:34:32   Subject: Hilton Lead Mine
As promised here are details of talk on Hilton/Scordale

The event is the Autumn Conference of Cumbria Industrial History Society being held at the University of Cumbria, Newton Rigg Campus
Topic: Hilton Lead Mine
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Forum: North West England   Posted: 15/09/2008 00:25:50   Subject: Hilton Lead Mine
I was there back in July with the Cumbria Industrial History Society and there were archeologists knocking about from English Heritage. They are doing a very detailed GPS survey and a lot of interpre
Topic: New event added 'Boulby Mine trip' on 03/09/2008 at 10:30
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Forum: Events   Posted: 11/09/2008 23:55:12   Subject: New event added 'Boulby Mine trip' on 03/09/2008 at 10:30
Can you put my name down for this too.

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Topic: Church Gresley Coal Mine
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Forum: Midlands   Posted: 08/09/2008 11:54:22   Subject: Church Gresley Coal Mine
Er, I think we need a bit more information. Is it the mine you couldn't find?

No doubt one of the administrators will welcome you, but welcome anyway, and I know you will find everyone her
Topic: Harnisha-Burn-Lead-mine-User-Album-Image-156 (photo)
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Forum: North East England   Posted: 07/09/2008 16:44:04   Subject: Harnisha-Burn-Lead-mine-User-Album-Image-156 (photo)
I've never come across a mine where rainwater would preclude entry or worse still, exit. It looks pretty frightening.

For safety's sake should we be posting a notice on individual mines so
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