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Topic: Speedwell mine
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: South West England   Posted: 16/11/2019 19:36:29   Subject: Speedwell mine
There are some good adits in the area. Speedwell adit is nasty nasty nasty but gets into some stuff. The one you're talking about is a leat which fed an underground waterwheel chamber (just below the
Topic: Halkyn District United Mines
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 21/10/2019 13:30:08   Subject: Halkyn District United Mines
From what I gather, there was a biblical amount of tw@erry about access, caving clubs, people getting all legal on behalf of others, etc. It was disappointing to see that the politics branch of caving
Topic: Halkyn District United Mines
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 20/10/2019 19:10:37   Subject: Halkyn District United Mines
Is the video (currently unavailable) the through trip carried out by a set of blokes from a pub, punctured boats, etc.

If it was, it is hands down the most awesome thing I've seen on the i
Topic: Mines in St Austell district, Cornwall
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 18/10/2019 08:21:22   Subject: Mines in St Austell district, Cornwall
Henderson Bull, Mount Edgecumbe, Coodes and French, Carlyon.

The MRO ones (mining records office) plans are usually the first port of call.

When you search the catalogue, you'l
Topic: Website advice
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 13/10/2019 16:23:23   Subject: Website advice
Talk to Tom (my other half) [PCG]
Topic: Denys Bradford Barton
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: South West England   Posted: 13/10/2019 13:10:34   Subject: Denys Bradford Barton
[quote="Tamarmole"]I have problems with D.B Barton's work. His "Cornish Beam Engine" being a case in point. Having tried to follow up some of his research on Newcomen engines I can only conclude tha
Topic: Mines in St Austell district, Cornwall
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 08/10/2019 22:12:27   Subject: Mines in St Austell district, Cornwall
Setting foot in the record office was the most significant step forward I've made understanding this stuff.

Brilliant staff, amazing archive. Use the online catalogue, which is probably no
Topic: Lithium Mining in Cornwall
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 08/10/2019 22:08:16   Subject: Lithium Mining in Cornwall
I know "a chap" very well who is able to comment on the knowledge of "someone" involved.

"He hasn't got a clue about any of it"

Oddly enough, he was there when they were last a
Topic: Mines in St Austell district, Cornwall
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 07/10/2019 20:13:24   Subject: Mines in St Austell district, Cornwall
Get yourself in the record office.

There are some very good plans of Polmear in the HB archive. Like really special good.

There are some of the others in the CF and ME archives
Topic: Lithium Mining in Cornwall
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 07/10/2019 20:07:49   Subject: Lithium Mining in Cornwall
One of the biggest GIS databases (historic mining/geology) of recent times was done by one weird beard. (My mate's mate).

It's just total overkill.
Topic: Lithium Mining in Cornwall
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 07/10/2019 08:35:09   Subject: Lithium Mining in Cornwall
Interestingly, their borehole locations have been made public. They're looking at drilling 3 holes (coring) which oddly enough, are in the right sort of place to intercept the easterly extensions of t
Topic: Any imformation on mines in Landulph/Cargreen and Saltash area?
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: South West England   Posted: 06/10/2019 19:30:40   Subject: Any imformation on mines in Landulph/Cargreen and Saltash area?
It's on the bend above adit lane. (with adit at the bottom)
Topic: Lithium Mining in Cornwall
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 05/10/2019 13:04:42   Subject: Lithium Mining in Cornwall
They are going to (apparently) drill up by Wheal Clifford, which is sort of eastish from United Mines. It is where the deep spring was found which made it into the 19th century literature. Perhaps bec
Topic: Gear review: Camp Turbochest
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: SRT Equipment & Training   Posted: 05/10/2019 12:52:29   Subject: Gear review: Camp Turbochest
I've used a turbochest for about 3 years.

I swear by them. Utterly brilliant thing. Makes all of the difference with a foot ascender.

Some of the cheap chinese ones appear to h
Topic: Lithium Mining in Cornwall
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 02/10/2019 22:50:37   Subject: Lithium Mining in Cornwall
They've got about 10 geologists.

What are they all doing??!?!?!?!

It's a massive funding exercise.

Anyone who has perused the literature in moderate detail will note
Topic: United Downs Deep Geothermal Project
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 02/10/2019 22:48:51   Subject: United Downs Deep Geothermal Project
[quote="Nicho"]Are you sure you're using the term 'fluccans' in the right context? My understanding is that 'a fluccan' is a lens of clayey material in the country-rock, often found in the lode but no
Topic: John Williams Tuckingmill Tolgarrick Tim Streamer
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 02/10/2019 22:38:32   Subject: John Williams Tuckingmill Tolgarrick Tim Streamer
Get yourself into the new record office. For a history of the mill and it's staff, look at the Brooke Index, in one of the camborne folders. There may have been some accidents on the site, see "Cornis
Topic: Deep shaft required
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 28/08/2019 08:18:53   Subject: Deep shaft required
I wonder if I could blag a trip with my work hat on.
Topic: Deep shaft required
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 28/08/2019 08:15:30   Subject: Deep shaft required
[quote="AR"]Wow - that's an urbexer's wet dream of a place....[/quote]

It's some bloody pitch!
Topic: Deep shaft required
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 26/08/2019 11:14:04   Subject: Deep shaft required
Billingham Anhydrite Mine?
Topic: Fellows lamps forum.
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 13/08/2019 07:57:23   Subject: Fellows lamps forum.
I think it's time I had a new RF. Something to melt people with.

Topic: Fellows lamps forum.
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 12/08/2019 19:23:18   Subject: Fellows lamps forum.
Not sure what other people think. I have my old Trigon and a 1500 Scurion.

Whilst the scurion is a great lamp, the spot is too hot. The trigon is absolutely spot on. If you take pics with
Topic: Southwest copper and tin
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 09/08/2019 10:28:28   Subject: Southwest copper and tin
I'd get some chalcopyrite and try and thermite it. See if Cliff has some still and play with it. Tin is quite straightforward
Topic: Miles of rare gold have been discovered
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 07/08/2019 23:33:00   Subject: Miles of rare gold have been discovered
LOTS OF FUNDING REQUIRED.

See every other mining operation in the UK
Topic: Southwest copper and tin
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 07/08/2019 17:26:30   Subject: Southwest copper and tin
Or you could go totally out of the box and thermite it.
Topic: Southwest copper and tin
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 06/08/2019 23:02:43   Subject: Southwest copper and tin
I did a bit of work a while ago for Tolgus Tin. The idea was to use the processing mill to get some white tin. We had a load of stuff, some heavy sands and a load of unmilled ore from Wheal Concord. C
Topic: Southwest copper and tin
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 06/08/2019 13:57:30   Subject: Southwest copper and tin
Copper is a bit of a pain as Chalcopyrite has got iron in it. You could go for chalcocite/etc, but it's difficult to find. Basically, you need to calcine it then enrich it, then convert it. It's a big
Topic: Access issues
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 30/07/2019 09:30:17   Subject: Access issues
Greedy strips are disgraceful.

However, this is what conveyancing searches are for.
Topic: Access issues
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 29/07/2019 16:20:47   Subject: Access issues
I have a feeling that the MRO in anyone's deeds reserves right to any opening, or to dig whatever they like when and where they like.

The surface owners have little to do with it, if the m
Topic: permission
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 20/07/2019 14:49:00   Subject: permission
Ian is a reasonable bloke. He's probably worth tapping for information as well.
Topic: Lumens - its in front of you!
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 02/07/2019 09:17:08   Subject: Lumens - its in front of you!
I'd like a ridiculous hand torch for the purpose of general flood lighting without breaking the bank totally.

Any ideas which are half decent Roy. Japcrap.
Topic: TELEVISION COMPANY LOOKING FOR EXPLORERS
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 26/06/2019 11:21:06   Subject: TELEVISION COMPANY LOOKING FOR EXPLORERS
They definitely need the CBC with the charismatic and good looking Mr Moret.
Topic: Mine Shaft in garden
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 26/06/2019 10:33:27   Subject: Mine Shaft in garden
I deal with this sort of thing for metalliferous mines. Coal is a different ballgame and comes under the Coal Authority.

A mining search (conveyancing process) will highlight the shaft if
Topic: Loe Pool Helston. early 20th century postcards.
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 22/06/2019 10:55:02   Subject: Loe Pool Helston. early 20th century postcards.
The Cunnack Manuscript (book) is quite the resource for Wheal Pool. There's quite a good sketch map within it.
Topic: Williams Shaft, Dolcoath
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/06/2019 10:45:01   Subject: Williams Shaft, Dolcoath
A load of people wanted to get together and give the place a clear up, as the council spent quite a lot of money making it "nice" and post-gypo, they've just left it.

When it came to annou
Topic: Wheal Grenville - Fortescue's shaft 1976
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 19/06/2019 09:57:06   Subject: Wheal Grenville - Fortescue's shaft 1976
Water and where it comes from is an interesting topic.

Boreholes in killas (sediments) produce quite brackish stuff and the water quality from granite is usually beautiful stuff. Filth der
Topic: Digital Altimeters?
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 14/06/2019 16:55:40   Subject: Digital Altimeters?
A laser level is a great idea with a staff. You'd get it very bang on every time.
Topic: Digital Altimeters?
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 14/06/2019 15:45:22   Subject: Digital Altimeters?
Simple, get 2 of them. P1 and P2. dP is your depth. (proportional to).

Put P1 on the surface to give your baseline at fixed altitude then the variability of P2 is what you are experiencing
Topic: Exploring Coal Mines - Gas?
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 05/06/2019 17:32:09   Subject: Exploring Coal Mines - Gas?
[quote="robnorthwales"][quote="The Fresh Prince of Portreath"]
It's a funny one, because quite a lot of explorers include some pretty experienced industry professionals. (Outside of coal down her
Topic: Exploring Coal Mines - Gas?
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 05/06/2019 10:27:32   Subject: Exploring Coal Mines - Gas?
It's quite a good job that health and safety hysteria has been superseded by safeguarding hysteria. It's less of a case that the crack in that mug could harbour a whole host of bacteria which could ca
Topic: Exploring Coal Mines - Gas?
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/06/2019 14:00:47   Subject: Exploring Coal Mines - Gas?
Yes, this was a request for stories. I do see coal as a sort of impossible frontier for exploration. I'm very interested in the geology and that coupled with the relics/fittings makes it fascinating.
Topic: Exploring Coal Mines - Gas?
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/06/2019 08:09:41   Subject: Exploring Coal Mines - Gas?
Interesting stuff folks. Thanks.

Talking of the dead bird anecdote, I was within a shaft hedge (with clwyd cap over the open shaft) and couldn't light my davy lamp. The lighter lit though
Topic: Exploring Coal Mines - Gas?
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/06/2019 17:02:41   Subject: Exploring Coal Mines - Gas?
Interesting stuff. Presumably the problems were bought on by CO.

The water was down in Old Wheal Jane once and we got a long way into an area of stoping usually flooded. When we were climb
Topic: Exploring Coal Mines - Gas?
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/06/2019 10:51:50   Subject: Exploring Coal Mines - Gas?
I always found coal fascinating, but down here in Cornwall, we are limited to the bit of "floaty" drill cuttings and the odd lens here and there, rather than whacking great commercial seams.

Topic: Radon
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 25/05/2019 17:07:15   Subject: Radon
Do you have a link to the document, or a PDF you could email. I'm very interested and I'd like to "mark it" or learn myself.
Topic: South Crofty
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/05/2019 08:14:35   Subject: South Crofty
They're looking for funding and they'll say whatever the current fashion is to get it.

There is a lot of government money coming to "get cornwall mining again" in the pipes, I gather. We'l
Topic: South Crofty
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 17/05/2019 09:31:04   Subject: South Crofty
Lots of exciting things happening at Crofty. Some very serious work being done and they really are doing stuff. They may be a bit behind with things, but read their announcements.

Anyone w
Topic: Clijah & Wentworth
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 13/05/2019 19:45:41   Subject: Clijah & Wentworth
Cormac doing the job. So it will be about 10x more expensive than anyone else and they probably won't do the job properly either.

Bloody cretins.
Topic: Wheal Wray (photo)
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: South West England   Posted: 03/05/2019 17:30:10   Subject: Wheal Wray (photo)
Looking at the plans, Engine Shaft is the nearest thing (but not mega near) the road. But I suppose it could have been widened.

Adit is shortish and straightish. No stoping shown.
Topic: Responsible Exploration / sensitive sites.
The Fresh Prince of Portreath

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 11/04/2019 13:24:09   Subject: Responsible Exploration / sensitive sites.
The interwebs has changed exploration forever, much as it has changed everything.

We need to shape it's direction, rather than harking back to the razzle-in-the-hedge days.

Whe
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