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Topic: Wheal Sophia Copper Mine (mine)
Alec

Forum: South West England   Posted: 27/02/2019 16:04:26   Subject: Wheal Sophia Copper Mine (mine)
There is indeed a Wheal Sophia on the shores of the Tamar a few hundred yards north of Moditonham Quay. A couple of pages are dedicated to it and the associated Wheal Fortune in my decaying copy of AK
Topic: Old Village of East Hetton
Alec

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 24/07/2018 12:16:56   Subject: Old Village of East Hetton
A little rapid searching produces this:

http://www.hettonlocalhistory.org.uk/villageatlas/The%20Hetton%20Village%20Atlas%20section%2016.pdf

Topic: Ironstone Mining In The Lincolnshire Wolds- new book
Alec

Forum: For Sale! (and wanted / for swap)   Posted: 03/05/2018 19:22:28   Subject: Ironstone Mining In The Lincolnshire Wolds- new book
Agree completely - [i]Lincolnshire Potato Railways[/i] was published by The Oakwood Press, and I picked up my copy because of an interest in Allied WW1 battlefield railways. The Nocton system was cons
Topic: Tavistock Canal Book
Alec

Forum: South West England   Posted: 29/03/2018 21:05:08   Subject: Tavistock Canal Book
Good news indeed.
Topic: Childrens Film Foundation: Luckett 1952
Alec

Forum: South West England   Posted: 05/03/2018 10:28:06   Subject: Childrens Film Foundation: Luckett 1952
The music used in the film is [i]Non Stop[/i], and it was used as the theme for Independent Television News broadcasts.

(edited to provide the correct information!)
Topic: Childrens Film Foundation: Luckett 1952
Alec

Forum: South West England   Posted: 04/03/2018 22:43:51   Subject: Childrens Film Foundation: Luckett 1952
Ah - that's answered one or two queries - thanks as ever. Glad you enjoyed the film: it's quite a resource in its own way I think.
Topic: Childrens Film Foundation: Luckett 1952
Alec

Forum: South West England   Posted: 04/03/2018 22:01:36   Subject: Childrens Film Foundation: Luckett 1952
[i]Rover Makes Good[/i] is a 16-minute B and W film shot by a Plymouth-based film company for the Children's Film Foundation in 1952. Apart from remarkable footage of O2 and Ivatt tank locomotives arr
Topic: Denys Bradford Barton
Alec

Forum: South West England   Posted: 04/01/2018 12:41:12   Subject: Denys Bradford Barton
Without any doubt at all, DBB fired my own enthusiasm for exploring and investigating the then slightly more intact remains of industrial archaeology in East Cornwall and West Devon.

Whatev
Topic: Theft from Caradon Railway, St Cleer
Alec

Forum: South West England   Posted: 08/08/2017 10:47:49   Subject: Theft from Caradon Railway, St Cleer
Thank you everyone. The image bank link was very helpful - as a standard Swindon item, the stolen boundary marker is the same configuration as those shown, although the date casting was not included.<
Topic: Theft from Caradon Railway, St Cleer
Alec

Forum: South West England   Posted: 07/08/2017 22:01:09   Subject: Theft from Caradon Railway, St Cleer
Many thanks for such a prompt and helpful response - really appreciated!

The marker isn't a stone as such - it's a standard GWR cast iron disc, with raised cast lettering, mounted on a shor
Topic: Theft from Caradon Railway, St Cleer
Alec

Forum: South West England   Posted: 07/08/2017 21:23:44   Subject: Theft from Caradon Railway, St Cleer
I regret to have to report the theft of a GWR cast-iron boundary marker from the trackside of the former Caradon branch line at what is now the Memorial Hall at St Cleer.

Although markers o
Topic: Phoenix United fatality, November 1912
Alec

Forum: South West England   Posted: 06/04/2017 22:03:05   Subject: Phoenix United fatality, November 1912
No, he's not coming up on Ancestry's death index either, but his marriage in Plymouth in October 1898 is recorded.

Jim Julian (for this is how the Census records him) was a 15 year old Farm
Topic: Phoenix United fatality, November 1912
Alec

Forum: South West England   Posted: 06/04/2017 21:59:17   Subject: Phoenix United fatality, November 1912
Oh, how true.

Within the past three days, I have come across a reference in my copy of DBB's 'The Cornish Beam Engine' to the removal of a boiler from PoW, post-closure, in 'about 1915', an
Topic: Phoenix United fatality, November 1912
Alec

Forum: South West England   Posted: 06/04/2017 20:45:03   Subject: Phoenix United fatality, November 1912
Tamarmole,

This additional and exhaustive search is very much appreciated- thank you.

At best, Shambrook's account seems to have conflated two separate incidents, neither of whic
Topic: Phoenix United fatality, November 1912
Alec

Forum: South West England   Posted: 06/04/2017 20:37:39   Subject: Phoenix United fatality, November 1912
Lozz,

Thank you once again. I was much more fortunate in the various searches for the major players in the account of the Liskeard and Caradon Railway under GWR ownership, although admitted
Topic: Phoenix United fatality, November 1912
Alec

Forum: South West England   Posted: 06/04/2017 18:00:09   Subject: Phoenix United fatality, November 1912
Thanks, Lozz!

You have followed much the same trail as me. The Cumbian connection was one reason I queried the employment mix at Phoenix United from 1907 onwards, and the iron mining connec
Topic: Phoenix United fatality, November 1912
Alec

Forum: South West England   Posted: 05/04/2017 16:09:34   Subject: Phoenix United fatality, November 1912
Many thanks, Graigfawr, for this insight.

My principal difficulty is that I am finding it difficult to trace the man named in Shambrook's account at all. Apart from the two individuals nam
Topic: Phoenix United fatality, November 1912
Alec

Forum: South West England   Posted: 03/04/2017 22:10:03   Subject: Phoenix United fatality, November 1912
Point very well taken.
Topic: Phoenix United fatality, November 1912
Alec

Forum: South West England   Posted: 03/04/2017 21:56:50   Subject: Phoenix United fatality, November 1912
Many thanks to both respondents to date.

I will certainly attempt to check the Liskeard Registrar of BMD records, but I confess that I was beginning to wonder about the substance of this ep
Topic: Phoenix United fatality, November 1912
Alec

Forum: South West England   Posted: 03/04/2017 20:30:07   Subject: Phoenix United fatality, November 1912
In the course of researching the construction of the private siding to the new Prince of Wales Shaft Engine House - at the early stages of the 1907-1914 working of Phoenix United at Minions - I have c
Topic: Liskeard and Looe Union Canal (photo)
Alec

Forum: South West England   Posted: 13/03/2017 10:36:39   Subject: Liskeard and Looe Union Canal (photo)
I am sure Scoggan will be along himself in a while, but his upload date for the lock keeper's hut is 2009. Knowing his work as I do, I am aware that his extensive photographic record certainly dates b
Topic: Any imformation on mines in Landulph/Cargreen and Saltash area?
Alec

Forum: South West England   Posted: 07/11/2013 11:36:20   Subject: Any imformation on mines in Landulph/Cargreen and Saltash area?
A K Hamilton Jenkin's 'Mines and Miners of Cornwall' Vol XIV (St Austell to Saltash) has much of the information you need. The adit to which you refer is identified by AKHJ as Wheal Tamar, driven 1000
Topic: Devon Great Consols book launch
Alec

Forum: Events   Posted: 04/11/2013 10:50:50   Subject: Devon Great Consols book launch
Hugely enjoying reading my copy too - superb research. Some of the former West Devon Mining and Power Company employees were associated with the later reworkings of DGC and I was priveleged to meet th
Topic: New event added 'Devon Great Consols book launch' on 25/10/2013 at 11:00
Alec

Forum: Events   Posted: 05/10/2013 11:57:41   Subject: New event added 'Devon Great Consols book launch' on 25/10/2013 at 11:00
The very best of luck for the launch, and for sales of the book. I will be phoning in my order forthwith!
Topic: NEW BOOK: Liskeard and Caradon Railway
Alec

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 08/07/2013 16:39:13   Subject: NEW BOOK: Liskeard and Caradon Railway
Many thanks to all who purchased this account of the Liskeard and Caradon Railway's final years - it's now sold out! A Second Edition can be pre-ordered from The Bookshop, Liskeard at £12.00 per copy
Topic: NEW BOOK: Liskeard and Caradon Railway
Alec

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 17/06/2013 09:29:09   Subject: NEW BOOK: Liskeard and Caradon Railway
An unashamed plug for a new book, published last weekend on 15 June by the Caradon Hill Area Heritage Project, with the lion's share of the profits being ploughed back into local heritage projects. [b
Topic: New event added 'Liskeard and District Museum, Pike Street, Liskeard, Cornwall' on 15/06/2013 at 10:00
Alec

Forum: Events   Posted: 05/06/2013 22:36:35   Subject: New event added 'Liskeard and District Museum, Pike Street, Liskeard, Cornwall' on 15/06/2013 at 10:00
A new event has been added to the Events page.

[b]Event name: Liskeard and District Museum, Pike Street, Liskeard, Cornwall[/b]

[b]Date & time: 15/06/2013 at 10:00[/b]

Topic: Caradon mines
Alec

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 28/11/2012 17:32:02   Subject: Caradon mines
I'd also suggest that you make contact with Iain Rowe at the Caradon Hill Area Heritage Project -they have their own website at:

http://chahp.blogspot.co.uk/

Scoggan on this Foru
Topic: Pump engine on TV.
Alec

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/11/2012 10:14:58   Subject: Pump engine on TV.
Interesting - if the engine is a neglected 'new build' that casts a different light on things. And I too thought that gravity played a key role in the operation of the machine...
Topic: Pump engine on TV.
Alec

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/11/2012 16:50:38   Subject: Pump engine on TV.
I completely agree with your last observation! I did think there were one or two (?more) howlers, but the statement that the Newcomen engine was the last working beam engine was a major error. Perhaps
Topic: south caradon mines cornwall
Alec

Forum: South West England   Posted: 02/06/2012 10:06:29   Subject: south caradon mines cornwall
The Caradon Hill Area Heritage Project (CHAHP) is a Cornwall Council/National Lottery-funded body which has a Blog and a website and is an excellent starting point. Their local 'HQ' is the Houseman's
Topic: No wonder so much stuff disappears!
Alec

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 06/02/2012 16:43:50   Subject: No wonder so much stuff disappears!
Not a hijack of the thread- which is timely, and congratulations to those who are taking action - but just a reminder, if I may. We reported the theft, about 18 months ago, of one of the last extant s
Topic: Caption Competition
Alec

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 15/01/2012 10:57:59   Subject: Caption Competition
"And what [i]exactly[/i] did you say you'd invented, Mr Holman? We're all busy people, you know.."
Topic: New Book (Devon Tinners)
Alec

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 26/11/2011 14:53:03   Subject: New Book (Devon Tinners)
Received mine in the post this morning - very prompt response indeed, and I much appreciated the phone call to let me know it was on the way!

Looks to be a fine example of in-depth work and
Topic: cornish pumping houses on grand designs
Alec

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 19/10/2011 22:04:09   Subject: cornish pumping houses on grand designs
Just finished! But which mine was it? I [i]thought[/i] I recognised the Silver Valley sett near Harrowbarrow, but I could be- and probably am - wrong.
Topic: Cornish Mining Pictures - H. G. Ordish The Early Years
Alec

Forum: South West England   Posted: 12/10/2011 20:36:10   Subject: Cornish Mining Pictures - H. G. Ordish The Early Years
Received my copy this morning within 24 hours of placing my order. Fantastic service - thanks, Mike - and a wonderful book to take me 'back home'.

Topic: Bodmin / Wheal Jenkin - Bellinghams Shaft opens up
Alec

Forum: South West England   Posted: 06/09/2011 09:12:31   Subject: Wheal Jenkin
According to Dines:

[i]Adit driven 150 fathoms SW to Bellingham's Shaft, which is vertical to the 100-Fathom Level below adit (17 fathoms). Adit, 15-Fathom, and 25-Fathom Levels block out t
Topic: Bodmin / Wheal Jenkin - Bellinghams Shaft opens up
Alec

Forum: South West England   Posted: 05/09/2011 22:31:10   Subject: Wheal Jenkin
With the cessation of pumping at the very adjacent Phoenix United on or very shortly after 7 September 1914, I agree that Wheal Jenkin is likely to be a very wet place indeed - it certainly will have
Topic: Bodmin / Wheal Jenkin - Bellinghams Shaft opens up
Alec

Forum: South West England   Posted: 05/09/2011 20:19:52   Subject: Wheal Jenkin
According to my copy of Dines, the shaft in question is 100 fathoms deep, and vertical.
Topic: Edwardian Farm- last night
Alec

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 31/08/2011 15:13:50   Subject: Edwardian Farm- last night
Indeed it [i]was[/i] a repeat, on the 'Yesterday' channel. The editing of the BBC original was a bit brutal, as I have a feeling that the drilling and setting-off of the 'charge' underground was not s
Topic: Hello from North Cornwall
Alec

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 04/08/2011 13:57:55   Subject: Hello from North Cornwall
Welcome!

I couldn't agree more with Iclok- Kenneth Brown and Bob Acton's book (s) are wonderful guides. I have Volume 4 and the style and detailed exploration of the surface remains are exc
Topic: Marley Hill Colliery
Alec

Forum: Mining Methods & Techniques   Posted: 09/07/2011 15:16:29   Subject: Marley Hill Colliery
You've probably thought of this already, but the archives held at Beamish Museum are very, very extensive, and given that Marley Hill Colliery is a virtual neighbour, I would expect that the Beamish p
Topic: Coal Consumption: 80" Phoenix United Engine
Alec

Forum: South West England   Posted: 23/06/2011 21:29:27   Subject: Coal Consumption: 80
Thank you, Peter - indeed so.

Although beds were laid for 5 Lancashire boilers for the 80" engine, only 3 were installed.

As well as the Holman's 80" pumping engine with its ste
Topic: Coal Consumption: 80" Phoenix United Engine
Alec

Forum: South West England   Posted: 23/06/2011 20:54:23   Subject: Coal Consumption: 80
Thank you, Agricola and Bograt!

I am very much obliged to both of you. My principal source on the machinery installed at PoW shaft at Phoenix is H R Shambrook's NMRS paper of 1982, 'The Ca
Topic: Coal Consumption: 80" Phoenix United Engine
Alec

Forum: South West England   Posted: 23/06/2011 13:45:01   Subject: Coal Consumption: 80" Phoenix United Engine
Dear all,

I am working with Scoggan's very welcome assistance on a project to explore the very last years of the Liskeard and Caradon Railway. We are making good progress!

As man
Topic: Pentewan railway - later use
Alec

Forum: South West England   Posted: 01/05/2011 21:27:25   Subject: Pentewan railway - later use
Agreed completely. The BBC's WW2 memory site alone is testament to that.

This discussion reminds me forcibly of the old (and sterile) quantitative vs qualitative research/data argument that
Topic: Pentewan railway - later use
Alec

Forum: South West England   Posted: 01/05/2011 17:18:20   Subject: Pentewan railway - later use
Derrickman has said in his first paragraph exactly what I proposed - triangulate your information. Where, however, there is [i]no[/i] documentary evidence to do so, matters become more challenging.
Topic: Pentewan railway - later use
Alec

Forum: South West England   Posted: 01/05/2011 11:14:07   Subject: Pentewan railway - later use
My experience has been entirely different. It would be dangerous to rule out local knowledge on these grounds, and where no other sources exist, recording oral history is invaluable.

I woul
Topic: Pentewan railway - later use
Alec

Forum: South West England   Posted: 30/04/2011 18:18:45   Subject: Pentewan railway - later use
John, other research with which Scoggan and I are involved is full of questions leading only to more questions - at least we have a sense of moving forward. Well, somewhere, anyway!

You rai
Topic: Pentewan railway - later use
Alec

Forum: South West England   Posted: 30/04/2011 11:23:05   Subject: Pentewan railway - later use
That's 'dotted the i and crossed the t' nicely - many thanks, John!


Best wishes,

Alec
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