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Topic: Minera, deterioration at Meadow Shaft
Jim MacPherson

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 29/07/2020 10:45:39   Subject: Minera, deterioration at Meadow Shaft
Thanks for adding the 2006 site photos Roy, clearly there were good intentions in the scheme but equally (using the fundamental skill of hindsight) maintenance costs would be quite high. On the curre
Topic: Gleadless, Sheffield - Mystery Excavations
Jim MacPherson

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 28/07/2020 21:04:40   Subject: Gleadless, Sheffield - Mystery Excavations
[quote="Yorkshireman"]About the half-cylindrical enclosures.

Small enclosures like these were erected to protect plants grown on hillsides against cold air rolling down into the valley.
Topic: Minera, deterioration at Meadow Shaft
Jim MacPherson

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 28/07/2020 14:01:44   Subject: Minera, deterioration at Meadow Shaft
Both Frank Atkinson and Neil Cossons were somewhat vilified for their rather [i]dirigiste[/i] approach at Beamish and Ironbridge but perhaps there were some pluses to the centralisation of important b
Topic: Minera, deterioration at Meadow Shaft
Jim MacPherson

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 28/07/2020 13:06:43   Subject: Minera, deterioration at Meadow Shaft
Being mischievous I might also add "shiny new toy syndrome" to short-termism.

The promoters of a scheme are often as culpable as the holders of the purse strings but as the heritage industr
Topic: Minera, deterioration at Meadow Shaft
Jim MacPherson

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 28/07/2020 07:17:50   Subject: Minera, deterioration at Meadow Shaft
[quote="John Mason"][quote="NewStuff"]As said above - The current council have zero interest in maintaining or making use of any heritage site, as it doesn't fit with the current "Green" ideals being
Topic: Gleadless, Sheffield - Mystery Excavations
Jim MacPherson

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 20/07/2020 09:25:44   Subject: Gleadless, Sheffield - Mystery Excavations
[quote="alexECP"]I think the term "meer" here means boundary as this stream was boundary between Derbyshire & Yorkshire[/quote]

I think it's even older than the development of the English s
Topic: Powdered milk
Jim MacPherson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/07/2020 09:13:59   Subject: Powdered milk
[quote="Yorkshireman"]Oatcakes for breakfast, with cheese or bacon and beans - there was a great shop just down Lightwood Road from my flat.

Lockett's Oatcake Shop in Lightwood Road
Topic: Powdered milk
Jim MacPherson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/07/2020 15:10:36   Subject: Powdered milk
[quote="Yorkshireman"]There's a product made in Germany called "Sucofin Magermilchpulver" (skimmed milk powder).

Tastes just like the real thing when its reconstituted with water and then a
Topic: Photography in caves
Jim MacPherson

Forum: Underground Photography & Video   Posted: 27/06/2020 18:32:34   Subject: Photography in caves
[quote="TwllMawr"][quote="gingerlycolors"]I recommend using the Olympus TG5 camera for underground photography. It comes with a function called Live Composite Mode which enables you light-paint a phot
Topic: Glyn Rhonwy 'Earth Centre'
Jim MacPherson

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 14/06/2020 11:09:05   Subject: Glyn Rhonwy 'Earth Centre'
[quote="JohnnearCfon"]An "exciting and much-needed" project,

Yes, right, just like a visit to the dentist!!![/quote]

For some people that last bit might actually be true at the m
Topic: Gilderdale/Michaelley Syke
Jim MacPherson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 01/06/2020 14:26:31   Subject: Gilderdale/Michaelley Syke
This does appear to be a duplicate entry.

Brooks' photo of the entrance for Gilderdale (complete with date stone just visible in supersize)

Photograph:

[link]35909[lin
Topic: Back underground ????
Jim MacPherson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/05/2020 15:41:38   Subject: Back underground ????
[quote="ttxela"][quote="50shadesofgreen"]

When I'm in a mine alone and take a photo with an ordinary flash I always get a hazy image with a mass of white orbs on. I've always assumed that w
Topic: Back underground ????
Jim MacPherson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/05/2020 07:04:23   Subject: Back underground ????
The nature of the problem seems quite well explained in this short piece and of some interest is the much higher apparent overall infection level (20/25%) in Sweden than the UK (10%)


Topic: Cononley Lead Mine, N.Yorks
Jim MacPherson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 08/05/2020 18:43:28   Subject: Cononley Lead Mine, N.Yorks
Perhaps you could try Mike Gill directly at NMRS, he may have spare copies lurking, but I'm less clear how a printed pdf (that you can scribble on it to your heart's content) is less useful than the r
Topic: House with an incline?
Jim MacPherson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/05/2020 16:59:37   Subject: House with an incline?
And with a bit more lateral thinking I suspect he can also mechanise the hedge trimming to avoid leaves on the line. :o

Jim
Topic: Free money for clubs with huts
Jim MacPherson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 30/04/2020 07:31:14   Subject: Free money for clubs with huts
This thread has become a bit tetchy, the OP's comment about funding seems quite a reasonable avenue for clubs to pursue. If you feel the need to vent spleen etc have a beef at second home owners who
Topic: Woodhouse Colliery
Jim MacPherson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 17/04/2020 08:25:23   Subject: Woodhouse Colliery
The was a short piece, on Inside Science last night, about the concept of a carbon neutral coal mine and alternatives to coke for reduction of iron ore.


https://www.bbc.co.uk/programm
Topic: Tramway in Hyons Wood (photo)
Jim MacPherson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 05/04/2020 17:53:00   Subject: Tramway in Hyons Wood (photo)
Hi,

Enjoy the site, you've probably used this link, below, already.

https://sites.google.com/site/waggonways/nz/00/nz0060


When we lived in Greenside and the kids
Topic: In a study, scientists have found traces of lead, transported on the winds from British mines that operated in the late 1100s.
Jim MacPherson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 31/03/2020 10:33:19   Subject: In a study, scientists have found traces of lead, transported on the winds from British mines that operated in the late 1100s.
Fine work Margot, when I first tried the BBC link it sent me to an error page, hence my, not completely successful, trawling.

Mind the BBC take on it was a bit selective.

Between
Topic: In a study, scientists have found traces of lead, transported on the winds from British mines that operated in the late 1100s.
Jim MacPherson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 31/03/2020 09:32:10   Subject: In a study, scientists have found traces of lead, transported on the winds from British mines that operated in the late 1100s.
Still can't find the actual article, but this one, also co-authored by the same bloke, is similar work but relating to lead pollution during the Black Death some 150/200 years later, part of the confi
Topic: In a study, scientists have found traces of lead, transported on the winds from British mines that operated in the late 1100s.
Jim MacPherson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 31/03/2020 08:08:24   Subject: In a study, scientists have found traces of lead, transported on the winds from British mines that operated in the late 1100s.
Seems quite bold commentary, I wonder if their analysis is sensitive enough to remove lead dust originating in the Harz district. I also wonder a bit about the wind direction, north westerly air flows
Topic: Mining term: jem crow
Jim MacPherson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 29/03/2020 20:27:29   Subject: Mining term: jem crow
[quote="rikj"][quote="Jim MacPherson"]I'm equally ignorant about them and many other things but rikj seems to know based on a photo in his personal album.[/quote]

The term turned up in a th
Topic: Mining term: jem crow
Jim MacPherson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 29/03/2020 15:16:22   Subject: Mining term: jem crow
[quote="gNick"]Forgive my ignorance but what are jazz rails?[/quote]

I'm equally ignorant about them and many other things but rikj seems to know based on a photo in his personal album.
Topic: What’s the strangest thing you’ve found?
Jim MacPherson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 25/03/2020 16:29:51   Subject: What’s the strangest thing you’ve found?
Not a mine or so much strange as unusually tasty, a cup of tea just after we left Hydrophobia Passage in Sleets Gill cave, the bloke who brewed it was was waiting for his mates to return, not that we'
Topic: info
Jim MacPherson

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 25/03/2020 15:03:10   Subject: info
[quote="lozz"][quote="Jim MacPherson"][quote="lozz"]Locard.

Lozz.[/quote]

Not come across that before Lozz, presume it means a nice person.[/quote]

"Every contact leav
Topic: info
Jim MacPherson

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 25/03/2020 14:47:05   Subject: info
[quote="lozz"]Locard.

Lozz.[/quote]

Not come across that before Lozz, presume it means a nice person.

As regards farmers get upset - might be linked on a comment from
Topic: Construction Phase of 'Woodsmith Mine' Launched by Sirius Minerals
Jim MacPherson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 04/03/2020 11:29:26   Subject: Construction Phase of 'Woodsmith Mine' Launched by Sirius Minerals
Well at least the project will probably go ahead;

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-51733402

Although I suspect there will be quite a few disgruntled investors.

A pu
Topic: Woodhouse Colliery
Jim MacPherson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 05/02/2020 20:29:40   Subject: Woodhouse Colliery
Slightly worryingly no one from the local authority or the company was willing to explain what was meant by the claim of "carbon neutral".

Equally worrying was C4's clip of Boris Johnson
Topic: Hope Level 1970s/80s (photo)
Jim MacPherson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 03/02/2020 10:06:24   Subject: Hope Level 1970s/80s (photo)
Corrections done, thanks both.

The photo below is the one John was referring to.

[photo]119847[/photo]

Jim
Topic: Hope Level 1970s/80s (photo)
Jim MacPherson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 03/02/2020 07:08:19   Subject: Hope Level 1970s/80s (photo)
Hi John,

Many thanks for the correction.

That's one definite advantage of being there at the time.

I imagine to other photo in the collection with steel arching will a
Topic: South Wales Coalfield book query
Jim MacPherson

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 01/02/2020 12:33:03   Subject: South Wales Coalfield book query
[quote="ptpeaty"]Nationalisation was post WW2 and not WW1. However, the south Wales coalfield was in trouble after WW1 due to the loss of European customers who started getting their coal free from Ge
Topic: South Wales Coalfield book query
Jim MacPherson

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 29/01/2020 18:44:58   Subject: South Wales Coalfield book query
Fascinating reading, may well be a bit one-sided but if there are no known other copies it deserves to be preserved in an archive in Wales, Big Pit, Aberystwyth library or whatever is most appropriat
Topic: Great County Adit
Jim MacPherson

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 22/01/2020 19:01:59   Subject: Great County Adit
[quote="NewStuff"]

Google generally does a better job of reverse image search than Bing.

[/quote]

I've just tried it and it decided it had to be looking for "outcrops
Topic: Great County Adit
Jim MacPherson

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 22/01/2020 17:41:36   Subject: Great County Adit
Just as a comment I got to Lozz' location not by deducing his cryptic clues (I'm too dim for that) but by right-clicking on the image referenced by the OP and an option was to let Bing look for simila
Topic: Great County Adit
Jim MacPherson

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 22/01/2020 15:58:38   Subject: Great County Adit
[quote="royfellows"]I am puzzled, if I have the right photo, how that could be taken for the old Great County Adit in Cornwall.

The discharge of water, or lack of it, should be the great gi
Topic: Great County Adit
Jim MacPherson

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 22/01/2020 13:03:40   Subject: Great County Adit
I've read the Mariposa News so I'm OK with the comment about bennet and fortyniner although what the river is doing and the model village eluded (alluded??) me.

Also read "writeopinion" cor
Topic: Great County Adit
Jim MacPherson

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 22/01/2020 07:16:16   Subject: Great County Adit
If it's the one with a link to "whiteopinions.com", the object on the left seems to be a digger of some make and the object on the left seems to have reinforcing bands/rivets so could be a boiler. The
Topic: Construction Phase of 'Woodsmith Mine' Launched by Sirius Minerals
Jim MacPherson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 08/01/2020 09:46:43   Subject: Construction Phase of 'Woodsmith Mine' Launched by Sirius Minerals
A possible lifeline for Sirius,

https://www.proactiveinvestors.co.uk/companies/news/910155/sirius-minerals-in-advanced-talks-over-sale-to-anglo-american-plc-910155.html

But most
Topic: Overhearth Level Lead Mine (mine)
Jim MacPherson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 18/12/2019 09:08:46   Subject: Overhearth Level Lead Mine (mine)
[quote="poosticker83"]As above, I always had this pegged as Lords level. Things is, in that area, theres more levels than have names.[/quote]

With luck the McChesney's photos and Don Borthw
Topic: Overhearth Level Lead Mine (mine)
Jim MacPherson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 11/12/2019 11:01:46   Subject: Overhearth Level Lead Mine (mine)
Hi Pete,

Just replied to your email.

And thanks for all the other bits, I've got about 50(ish) photos from the McChesney wanderings, on both sides of the watershed but mostly aro
Topic: Overhearth Level Lead Mine (mine)
Jim MacPherson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 10/12/2019 18:15:43   Subject: Overhearth Level Lead Mine (mine)
Hi,

I have a query about this mine, located at NY704324, I think this may be Lord's or Gilbert's Level on Middle Tongue Beck to the west of the Pennine watershed.

Overhearth is
Topic: Yorkshire Film Archive
Jim MacPherson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/12/2019 16:54:03   Subject: Yorkshire Film Archive
Thanks,

An interesting looking link, work stuff should be done in a week or so then I can occupy myself, self-indulgently, as it gets cold and wet again!!

Jim
Topic: Epsomite at Nenthead?
Jim MacPherson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 30/11/2019 21:52:57   Subject: Epsomite at Nenthead?
I presume there is some in Smallcleugh, this photo is from the 1970's, I think there are some more recent ones in the current album.

[link]107470[linkphoto]107470[/linkphoto][/link]
Topic: Ancient Egyptian drill holes question
Jim MacPherson

Forum: South Africa   Posted: 29/11/2019 08:30:28   Subject: Ancient Egyptian drill holes question
[quote="legendrider"]dont feed the troll........

http://www.internationalskeptics.com/forums/showthread.php?t=309146

perhaps a moderator might lock or remove this thread?
Topic: Pike Law boulder lines Sept 2017 (photo)
Jim MacPherson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 25/11/2019 20:59:23   Subject: Pike Law boulder lines Sept 2017 (photo)
There is still some uncertainty about these objects, the lines related to Pike Law Hush may well follow a fault, less certain about the other three. On the basis they are all to the east of the site
Topic: Steel cables in Moss head, Coniston
Jim MacPherson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 25/11/2019 17:29:52   Subject: Steel cables in Moss head, Coniston
[quote="r1xlx"]
I sed to break huge lumps of coal with a large heavy cobbling hammer as when coalman brough a big lump we called it a cobbling.[/quote]

Just to continue :offtopic: John
Topic: Steel cables in Moss head, Coniston
Jim MacPherson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 19/11/2019 14:42:12   Subject: Steel cables in Moss head, Coniston
[quote="Morlock"]These people manufacture ropeway carrier ropes up to 72mm diameter wound on drums. What sort of date are we looking at as regards original installation?

http://gondolaproje
Topic: Early mine carts
Jim MacPherson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/11/2019 18:05:57   Subject: Early mine carts
[quote="Yorkshireman"]

Rail length: 1 yard
Weight: 27,25 kg
Gauge: 5 ft – to cater for the gauge of road carts

(I wasn't aware that there was a standard gauge for car
Topic: Construction Phase of 'Woodsmith Mine' Launched by Sirius Minerals
Jim MacPherson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 11/11/2019 16:54:07   Subject: Construction Phase of 'Woodsmith Mine' Launched by Sirius Minerals
I appreciate the link below may well contain some degree of bias but I often find Motley Fool's analysis rather solidly based.

https://www.fool.co.uk/investing/2019/11/11/does-this-600m-pla
Topic: Construction Phase of 'Woodsmith Mine' Launched by Sirius Minerals
Jim MacPherson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 11/11/2019 16:16:36   Subject: Construction Phase of 'Woodsmith Mine' Launched by Sirius Minerals
[quote="legendrider"]more here....

http://www.msn.com/en-gb/money/news/north-york-moors-mine-plan-could-be-rescued-by-%c2%a3465m-investment/ar-BBWAJE6?ocid=ientp

as always the lo
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