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Posts by Dickie Bird

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Topic: Williams Shaft, Dolcoath
Dickie Bird

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/06/2019 16:13:27   Subject: Williams Shaft, Dolcoath
Yes indeed do times change Roy. I recall back in the late 60s when "nobut a lad" I tried lighting some shafts on the Blythe Mines, Stanton, Derbys, utilising a large heavy saucepan lid, attached to a
Topic: Williams Shaft, Dolcoath
Dickie Bird

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/06/2019 10:37:35   Subject: Williams Shaft, Dolcoath
Obviously I have been fed false gen re supposed occupants! Thanks for that. Never been to look at it before so on my list for next month!
Might have to do the "Harry Parker" technique with a lig
Topic: Williams Shaft, Dolcoath
Dickie Bird

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/06/2019 08:41:51   Subject: Williams Shaft, Dolcoath
Does anyone know the situation in the vicinity of Williams Shaft? Last time I was in the area in 2016 I believe someone told me the area was now a pikey site and access to the area was not advised. An
Topic: Wheal Peevor
Dickie Bird

Forum: South West England   Posted: 02/05/2019 09:10:49   Subject: Wheal Peevor
So the pigeons and doves are still there! They surprised me during a visit to the site in 2014.
The clean up of many engine house and mining areas within the county is to be welcomed, although t
Topic: Pictures from the 70s and a bit later
Dickie Bird

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 29/11/2018 22:20:40   Subject: Pictures from the 70s and a bit later
Couple of short sequences on YouTube I uploaded about a year ago. Pennines and the South West. Eclectic bits and bobs but with a few modernish additions. Forgotten I had done these! Thought they may b
Topic: Christopher J.Williams
Dickie Bird

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 05/07/2017 23:33:03   Subject: Christopher J.Williams
Thanks. D,
Topic: Christopher J.Williams
Dickie Bird

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 05/07/2017 19:56:18   Subject: Christopher J.Williams
I have been informed today that Chris Williams of Marford, near Wrexham, has died. No details other than that. He will be best known, amongst other things, for his work on North East Wales mining hist
Topic: south caradon mines cornwall
Dickie Bird

Forum: South West England   Posted: 15/09/2015 07:52:34   Subject: south caradon mines cornwall
I see my error. Previously I have driven up to the road known as Caradon Heights and that is where to blocked off access is situated.Old age and failing memory is the culprit I fear,or,as the late Har
Topic: south caradon mines cornwall
Dickie Bird

Forum: South West England   Posted: 12/09/2015 18:03:24   Subject: south caradon mines cornwall
I have today been to look at South Caradon and was disappointed to find the old access - via the lane which led to the stone railway blocks - is an access spot no longer "encouraged". Barbed wire and
Topic: south caradon mines cornwall
Dickie Bird

Forum: South West England   Posted: 12/09/2015 18:02:50   Subject: south caradon mines cornwall
I have today been to look at South Caradon and was disappointed to find the old access - via the lane which led to the stone railway blocks - is an access spot no longer "encouraged". Barbed wire and
Topic: Vanoord's a Joke
Dickie Bird

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 29/07/2015 17:11:47   Subject: Vanoord's a Joke
No, not heard of that august publication.. came from a chum of mine, like this one.

It was the first day back at school in Birmingham and the teacher began calling out the names of the pupi
Topic: Vanoord's a Joke
Dickie Bird

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 29/07/2015 14:37:14   Subject: Vanoord's a Joke
For those of you who, like me, do not use and cannot comprehend why Facebook
exists, I thought you may be interested in a little social experiment I am
conducting.

I am trying to
Topic: Denys Bradford Barton
Dickie Bird

Forum: South West England   Posted: 27/05/2015 13:23:32   Subject: Denys Bradford Barton
There can be few people interested in mining who have not read some of the books by Denys Bradford Barton. As most will know, he owned a publishing house in Truro which was active in the 60s and throu
Topic: A skip at Panorama Mine?
Dickie Bird

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 09/04/2015 15:44:26   Subject: A skip at Panorama Mine?
I wonder if anyone has come across this item which I noticed last year on the footpath to Panorama Walk, Barmouth. Looks to me very much like a fairly modern skip. Perhaps from the erstwhile Panorama
Topic: The Lakes: Walking through History
Dickie Bird

Forum: North West England   Posted: 04/04/2015 23:08:07   Subject: The Lakes: Walking through History
Yes, saw this second time around. The presence of Ian Tyler made me look up what has happened to him (not seen him for many years) and discovered that he has had to, sadly, sell up all his museum stuf
Topic: Old shaft near Upperwood Circa 1920s (photo)
Dickie Bird

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 22/03/2015 12:55:11   Subject: Old shaft near Upperwood Circa 1920s (photo)
Interesting. Just for an exercise, I have copied Roy's image and superimposed this (in three states of transparency) over the original, via Photoshop. Not the easiest thing to visualise, but the main
Topic: Old shaft near Upperwood Circa 1920s (photo)
Dickie Bird

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 01/03/2015 10:05:49   Subject: Old shaft near Upperwood Circa 1920s (photo)
I have been amazed at the local interest generated by this old image. My forebear would have been amazed! I must go and have another look at the area, following all this activity.
Topic: 25 inch Barmasters Maps of Derbyshire
Dickie Bird

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 28/02/2015 09:51:53   Subject: 25 inch Barmasters Maps of Derbyshire
Great stuff. Thanks D.
Topic: 25 inch Barmasters Maps of Derbyshire
Dickie Bird

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 27/02/2015 10:05:20   Subject: 25 inch Barmasters Maps of Derbyshire
Thanks Peter. Always worth checking.
Topic: 25 inch Barmasters Maps of Derbyshire
Dickie Bird

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 26/02/2015 11:12:34   Subject: 25 inch Barmasters Maps of Derbyshire
Ok. Despite what I intimated earlier about not wishing to duplicate maps which were on ME site, I have now rescanned my originals and uploaded them here. These, along with various bits and bobs which
Topic: 25 inch Barmasters Maps of Derbyshire
Dickie Bird

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 21/02/2015 16:52:27   Subject: 25 inch Barmasters Maps of Derbyshire
Yes, that seems about what I have here. And, yes, those unearthed in the PDMHS library, Dave, must surely be the ones which TDF had. Don't know about the Ineson connection. I only dealt with Jim at th
Topic: 25 inch Barmasters Maps of Derbyshire
Dickie Bird

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 21/02/2015 16:17:59   Subject: 25 inch Barmasters Maps of Derbyshire
Hi Dave,
Your comments noted. But I have just scanned one sheet of Dean Hollow area (a lot now quarried away!!) and uploaded both a pdf and a jpeg to Myairbridge.
Here is the link

Topic: 25 inch Barmasters Maps of Derbyshire
Dickie Bird

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 21/02/2015 15:31:41   Subject: 25 inch Barmasters Maps of Derbyshire
That's interesting. I did not know that the original 25 inch maps had gone walkabout. I have just been into the loft to check on the quantity of copy negs and it appears I have 23 copies of the origin
Topic: 25 inch Barmasters Maps of Derbyshire
Dickie Bird

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 21/02/2015 10:18:09   Subject: 25 inch Barmasters Maps of Derbyshire
Forgot to mention that these OS maps are of 1890s vintage so are out of copyright, I guess!
Topic: 25 inch Barmasters Maps of Derbyshire
Dickie Bird

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 21/02/2015 10:15:51   Subject: 25 inch Barmasters Maps of Derbyshire
Think this should be addressed to Simon but may be of general interest. In my early twenties, when I was working in the photographic department of a large Sheffield steel company, I was asked by Jim R
Topic: Railway tunnels
Dickie Bird

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 05/01/2015 08:55:10   Subject: Railway tunnels
Just for the record, you may be interested in some old images taken by my grandfather in the 1890s when the line through Nottingham was being built. Shows Carrington Tunnel and whatnot.
http://ww
Topic: Questions for Dickie
Dickie Bird

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 31/12/2014 16:58:36   Subject: Questions for Dickie
Roy, yes, I recall the Pelton wheel and adit, but can't tell you anything about the lower one you mention. I do know - although I never did it - that there was some sort of 'through route' here. I th
Topic: Vanoord's a Joke
Dickie Bird

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 23/12/2014 10:03:39   Subject: Vanoord's a Joke
Just found these jokes...love 'em

Here's one for the Festive Season

Two men taking a leak in a pub's long stainless steel urinal. One on the left says to the other "Excuse me, ho
Topic: Where is this please??
Dickie Bird

Forum: South West England   Posted: 22/12/2014 23:19:32   Subject: Where is this please??
Ah! that's where I got the name from, thanks! Is is a part of Botallack?
Topic: Where is this please??
Dickie Bird

Forum: South West England   Posted: 22/12/2014 16:02:44   Subject: Where is this please??
I have a couple of images - one in colour the other this one - of what I have down as "Wheal Unity shaft". Where I got this info from I have no idea. Anyway, it is close to Botallack, almost at sea le
Topic: Cook's Shaft 1972 (photo)
Dickie Bird

Forum: South West England   Posted: 22/12/2014 14:39:28   Subject: Cook's Shaft 1972 (photo)
Thanks for that. Must have scanned the trannie wrong way round. Will rectify!!;D
Topic: Cwt-y-Bugail bicycle
Dickie Bird

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 22/12/2014 13:20:51   Subject: Cwt-y-Bugail bicycle
Well, Roy, at this distance in time, and having regard to the state of my aged neurons, I think it was probably towards the far end of the ruinous building. If you pull up the general view of the dres
Topic: Cwt-y-Bugail bicycle
Dickie Bird

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 22/12/2014 12:35:58   Subject: Cwt-y-Bugail bicycle
If you have a look in David Bick's book The Old Copper Mines of Snowdonia" page 102, he says..." East of the mine (Newborough) the ruinous Cwt Y Bugail slate dressing sheds are worth a mention. The ma
Topic: Cwmorthin Summer 1984 (photo)
Dickie Bird

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 19/12/2014 18:50:59   Subject: Cwmorthin Summer 1984 (photo)
Looks like the site has not changed much, only the technology.;)
Topic: Bunton Hushes 1971
Dickie Bird

Forum: North East England   Posted: 18/12/2014 20:42:32   Subject: Bunton Hushes 1971
I don't remember having a look at Sir George level at the time. As a matter of interest, I have a hundred plus aerial shots of the mining areas of Yorkshire Dales, (as far north as Tan Hill collieries
Topic: Old photos from Peak District
Dickie Bird

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 17/12/2014 23:03:32   Subject: Old photos from Peak District
Epson Perfection V700 scanner. Takes negs, slides, flat copy and film up to whole plate (6.5" x 8.5") and a bit more.:)
Topic: Old photos from Peak District
Dickie Bird

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 17/12/2014 17:03:20   Subject: Old photos from Peak District
Yes I have. Will fire them up in due course; not many though. Went in there while staying at St Agnes a few times. Thought it advisable to go at night to prevent happy sun bathers suddenly being overw
Topic: Old photos from Peak District
Dickie Bird

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 17/12/2014 16:01:08   Subject: Old photos from Peak District
It struck me last night that I hope that folks don't think I am trying to monopolise all this photo upload business, or having some sort of late-in-the-day ego trip. Absolutely not so.
Fact is, s
Topic: Old photos from Peak District
Dickie Bird

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 15/12/2014 15:09:33   Subject: Old photos from Peak District
Most of the early stuff was shot on a wide angle Rolleiflex, which had a magnificent lens until it suffered a slight scratch whilst underground in Smallcleugh. Although professionally polished out, I
Topic: Old photos from Peak District
Dickie Bird

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 15/12/2014 10:10:11   Subject: Old photos from Peak District
Location of shaft is to the east of Wardlow at SK18818 74815
Topic: Old photos from Peak District
Dickie Bird

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 14/12/2014 22:44:35   Subject: Old photos from Peak District
Middleton Mine it is! Just used the generic term Long Rake, as it's such a long continuous deposit! For the record, there is a short but interesting couple of paragraphs on a visit to the mine (and Mi
Topic: Old photos from Peak District
Dickie Bird

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 14/12/2014 21:38:25   Subject: Old photos from Peak District
Thanks for kind remarks. Will upload other stuff from when I was "nowt but a lad" when I get round to it. The Old End Engine house was of mainly gritstone construction but it's shaft at the time had s
Topic: Old Ordnance Survey Maps
Dickie Bird

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 19/08/2014 08:41:27   Subject: Old Ordnance Survey Maps
The web site Old-Maps.co.uk is a poor thing nowadays. At one time you could download the maps free but they quickly twigged they could make some cash by charging the poor punter. In any event, their s
Topic: Geoffrey Ordish
Dickie Bird

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 17/08/2014 09:05:43   Subject: Geoffrey Ordish
Yes, I sure did. I have a shot down Wheal Busy engine shaft. I will stick it on the site for you to have a look at. Not put it on before as you can have too many views looking down shafts!! Thanks for
Topic: Geoffrey Ordish
Dickie Bird

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 16/08/2014 13:44:43   Subject: Geoffrey Ordish
Great stuff. Thanks Lozz;D
Topic: Geoffrey Ordish
Dickie Bird

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 16/08/2014 13:25:16   Subject: Geoffrey Ordish
Does anyone know when H.G.Ordish actually died? In the - relatively - new book of his pictures, published by the Trevithick Society, the author tells us Ordish was born on 5th October 1901 but I can't
Topic: Muse Mine, Calver.
Dickie Bird

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 22/03/2010 08:35:18   Subject: Muse Mine, Calver.
Thanks for that. I shall continue to investigate - for my own peace of mind - and if I come across the reference I will post the result. Yes, the gin race is a good :) 'un!
Topic: Muse Mine, Calver.
Dickie Bird

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 21/03/2010 16:05:17   Subject: Muse Mine, Calver.
Just revisited the surface remains of Muse Mine, at the eastern end of Deep Rake, Calver,Derbys., which has an overgrown gin race and quite large shaft covered with a grille (makes a change from concr
Topic: Magpie Sough proposal snippet
Dickie Bird

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 09/01/2010 13:55:35   Subject: Magpie Sough proposal snippet
I don't think I am giving any secrets away here, but before Christmas a gentleman contacted me for a shot of Magpie Sough tail which I had taken in the 70s to illustrate a report he was preparing on "
Topic: Harworth Colliery- Any updates??
Dickie Bird

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 13/07/2009 17:04:51   Subject: Harworth Colliery- Any updates??
Never worked at BR although, for my sins I was once a signalman at Peak Rail for a few years (say no more :-[ ) Always been a shutter bug to earn a crust. My lad has just returned from a "World Trip"
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