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Posts by Alasdair Neill

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Topic: Wheal Friendship
Alasdair Neill

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 30/09/2016 14:25:43   Subject: Wheal Friendship
That reference was relating to a sett of about 1802-3, the seperate sett in which the adit started being Wheal Hope, in Warne estate. A plan of Wheal Friendship a couple of years later (at Truro) show
Topic: Wheal Friendship
Alasdair Neill

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 28/09/2016 11:54:10   Subject: Wheal Friendship
The main adit originally started in a seperate sett, I recently came across a reference about the possibility of it being driven into Wheal Friendship, so that shallow level would probably be the orig
Topic: Afon Ddu Sulphur Mine
Alasdair Neill

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 26/09/2016 12:40:13   Subject: Afon Ddu Sulphur Mine
Derwen Deg - Of course you could ask...
Many years ago was in contact with a friend of a friend who lived there, she said the main shaft was capped but it was possible to get under the cap, it ha
Topic: Wheal Friendship
Alasdair Neill

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 26/09/2016 12:10:02   Subject: Wheal Friendship
going back to books, DB Barton A historical Survey of the Mines and Mineral Railways of East Cornwall & West Devon (1964) is recommended.
Topic: Wheal Friendship
Alasdair Neill

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 24/09/2016 11:26:57   Subject: Wheal Friendship
The shaft was Stephen's, the fill described as 5mm slate fragments ie potentially very mobile.
Topic: Wheal Friendship
Alasdair Neill

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 23/09/2016 12:11:30   Subject: Wheal Friendship
Again going back to when we had official access (CEGB days), Barkell's was vertical to close to adit then had a bit of a ledge & went down on the underlie for a short distance to adit, that ledge woul
Topic: Wheal Friendship
Alasdair Neill

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 21/09/2016 16:49:48   Subject: Wheal Friendship
Re the inclines, I always had a copy of that plan but evidently didn't look closely enough. The third incline is marked as a footway.
It would be interesting to know the extent of the fenciing wi
Topic: South Roman Gravels Mixed Mine (mine)
Alasdair Neill

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 14/09/2016 09:42:39   Subject: South Roman Gravels Mixed Mine (mine)
Redrawn copy of a not very illuminating map added. Original by Arthur Waters in Cornwall Record Office.
Topic: Snowdon Brittania Copper Mine (mine)
Alasdair Neill

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 10/09/2016 11:18:35   Subject: Snowdon Brittania Copper Mine (mine)
Some plans redrawn from originals at Bangor added.
Topic: Wheal Friendship
Alasdair Neill

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 09/09/2016 10:21:23   Subject: Wheal Friendship
May have mentioned it before, but the survey we did when we had access prior to privatisation of the power industry showed three inclines (not two as shown on the plans). Of course there were the "cha
Topic: Giant miner puppet takes first steps - Anyone seen it?
Alasdair Neill

Forum: South West England   Posted: 29/07/2016 20:00:32   Subject: Giant miner puppet takes first steps - Anyone seen it?
According to a local it was the biggest crowd in Minions since the last witch burning.
Topic: Lelant Consols Mixed Mine (mine)
Alasdair Neill

Forum: South West England   Posted: 25/07/2016 10:49:54   Subject: Lelant Consols Mixed Mine (mine)
pm sent some time ago - apart from the Monster shaft area I have copied the plans relevant to your area.
Topic: Lelant Consols Mixed Mine (mine)
Alasdair Neill

Forum: South West England   Posted: 09/07/2016 09:40:53   Subject: Lelant Consols Mixed Mine (mine)
The south west end of the section is Fox(e)s Shaft, almost certainly the one of the same name on the map.
Topic: Lelant Consols Mixed Mine (mine)
Alasdair Neill

Forum: South West England   Posted: 08/07/2016 09:41:44   Subject: Lelant Consols Mixed Mine (mine)
http://maps.nls.uk/geo/explore/#zoom=16&lat=50.1788&lon=-5.4864&layers=176

The section showing Monster Shaft I think extends from near the stream near the NE corner to the SW towards where
Topic: Lelant Consols Mixed Mine (mine)
Alasdair Neill

Forum: South West England   Posted: 07/07/2016 09:31:15   Subject: Lelant Consols Mixed Mine (mine)
Just going through the plans I have copies of, & taking the opportunity to redraw them from my original tracings to a better standard.
The section showing Monster Shaft seems to cover the area of
Topic: Lelant Consols Mixed Mine (mine)
Alasdair Neill

Forum: South West England   Posted: 04/07/2016 09:45:18   Subject: Lelant Consols Mixed Mine (mine)
The history of this area is complex, the best published account is Cyril Noall's St. Ives Mining District which does it no justice at all.
Originally Lelant Consols was probably not the site you
Topic: Portreath mines.
Alasdair Neill

Forum: South West England   Posted: 14/06/2016 10:27:59   Subject: Portreath mines.
Does anyone have the real name for the workings in the cliff on the beach?
AK Hamilton Jenkin suggested it could be Wheal Mary as there were copper ore ticketing sales from "Wheal Mary at Portrea
Topic: Hawks wood mill/mine, North hill
Alasdair Neill

Forum: South West England   Posted: 14/06/2016 10:20:20   Subject: Hawks wood mill/mine, North hill
Many years ago we took an old miner who had worked there and was caretaker after the mine closed around, the first time he had been back since he stopped work there. In the deep water sections I had t
Topic: Wheal Towan
Alasdair Neill

Forum: South West England   Posted: 11/06/2016 10:11:05   Subject: Wheal Towan
I see further development work there is going ahead, looks like a possible shaft in the area cleared. The planning application included references to shafts around which all apparently were filled & c
Topic: Penmaenmawr Granite Quarry
Alasdair Neill

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 05/05/2016 09:34:00   Subject: Penmaenmawr Granite Quarry
Many years ago there was an interesting concrete lined tunnel heading off to the right of the top of the mill area (I think it had an early 20thC date). Anyone know wahat this was for? This may have b
Topic: Meander Suits are Back
Alasdair Neill

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 16/04/2016 09:35:31   Subject: Meander Suits are Back
[quote]For those who must when digging plaziviek long time to sit in a puddle, mud or loose POLOHELIX range of options in 1317, which has only trousers made from waterproof material.[/quote]
Topic: St Day Subsidence
Alasdair Neill

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 09/04/2016 10:01:51   Subject: St Day Subsidence
Would be very interested to hear anything about fluorspar at Wheal Gorland beyond previous discussions. Have gone through a lot of the collections of the various Lords at Truro & Exeter, but unfortuna
Topic: Cardinham mine, east Jane mine
Alasdair Neill

Forum: South West England   Posted: 17/03/2016 09:18:59   Subject: Cardinham mine, east Jane mine
some scanned newspaper references added following requests elsewhere about the engine houses there
http://www.aditnow.co.uk/mines/CARDINHAM-Mine/
Topic: Caple Tor gold mine
Alasdair Neill

Forum: South West England   Posted: 12/03/2016 09:39:15   Subject: Caple Tor gold mine
The source of Sims' "gold" at Slimeford was manganese - Chillaton and Hogstor for a while were amongst the most profitable mines in Britain. Not sure if the ore actually contained any real gold, proba
Topic: Caple Tor gold mine
Alasdair Neill

Forum: South West England   Posted: 10/03/2016 09:52:10   Subject: Caple Tor gold mine
This is referred to in the catalogue of Woodwards' mineral collection at Cambridge University (1729): "gold ore from the Gold-Mine of Mr. Forteskue, at Copple-Tor, Devonshire"
Has anyone found an
Topic: The Jet Project
Alasdair Neill

Forum: North East England   Posted: 07/03/2016 10:07:41   Subject: The Jet Project
I think somewhere I have some indexed references to Jet from the Inspectors of Mines reports, Mineral Statistics etc. in case you have not seen these.
Topic: Hemerdon Mine
Alasdair Neill

Forum: South West England   Posted: 05/03/2016 09:34:11   Subject: Hemerdon Mine
Note the location for this is wrong, its put on Lee Moor.
Havn't worked out the correct location, but the googlearth satellite image & streetmap (where its given its other new name of Drakelands
Topic: Mining Bibliography
Alasdair Neill

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 29/02/2016 10:06:11   Subject: Mining Bibliography
Although bibliographies have appeared before, here is another one. This will include a lot of references from caving club newsletters & the like which probably have not appeared before, and also so fa
Topic: Daily Wail article
Alasdair Neill

Forum: Mid Wales   Posted: 24/02/2016 09:43:04   Subject: Daily Wail article
the photo is in
http://h2ophotography.com/welsh-mines-calendar-2016/
Topic: Hemerdon presentation 2nd March
Alasdair Neill

Forum: South West England   Posted: 24/02/2016 09:09:56   Subject: Hemerdon presentation 2nd March
see
https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/tungsten-mining-at-plymouth-drakelands

this requires booking
Topic: Newspaper Index
Alasdair Neill

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 18/02/2016 09:08:58   Subject: Newspaper Index
The link given by Tin Miner is to the old site, that list is very out of date & as noted in a previous post has proved very difficult to get updated, hence the move to the Trevithick Society site. Hop
Topic: Newspaper Index
Alasdair Neill

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 17/02/2016 10:20:03   Subject: Newspaper Index
Updated version just put up on Trevithick Society website
https://www.trevithick-society.org.uk/downloads/newspaper_index_feb_2016.pdf

In addition to further references from Cornwall &
Topic: Colliery name query
Alasdair Neill

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/02/2016 09:24:22   Subject: Colliery name query
a few further Welsh examples
Dinas Main
Dynevor Main
Llantwit Main
Rhondda Main
Welsh Main

North Wales
Coed Talon Main
Dublin Main
Mancot Main
L
Topic: Colliery name query
Alasdair Neill

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 09/02/2016 09:27:46   Subject: Colliery name query
A few "Main" colliery references taken from the Newspaper index-
Park End Main (Forest of Dean)
In South Wales:
Main Colliery,Neath
Cribbur Main
In North Wales:
Buckley M
Topic: Hemerdon/Drakelands latest
Alasdair Neill

Forum: South West England   Posted: 01/02/2016 11:49:51   Subject: Hemerdon/Drakelands latest
Latest quarterly report
http://www.wolfminerals.com.au/IRM/PDF/1923/QuarterlyReportforthe3MonthsEnded31Dec2015
Topic: What is under YOUR feet?
Alasdair Neill

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/12/2015 09:53:16   Subject: What is under YOUR feet?
The Gunnislake adit was causing major problems when the mine was working in the 1830's/40's, so just a bit of retimbering is probably not going to be of much use for long term drainage retention.
Topic: Tin back on the agenda
Alasdair Neill

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 10/12/2015 09:34:28   Subject: Tin back on the agenda

If it wasn't for the previous development, it would seem that there would be potential for a large openpit mine at Redmoor, working the entre SVC. Southwest Consolidated in the 1980's seemed to
Topic: Tin back on the agenda
Alasdair Neill

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 08/12/2015 09:43:04   Subject: Tin back on the agenda
Going back to the original subject, I am sure some of the scepticism would equally have been applied to Hemerdon in the earlier years of Wolf's interest. Note that I understand the major shareholder i
Topic: Access at Craig Y Ddinas silica mine
Alasdair Neill

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 05/10/2015 09:25:58   Subject: Access at Craig Y Ddinas silica mine
[quoteHere is a bit of a mystery
There is the remains of a line of trucks in the river, no no sign at all of chassis, axles, or bogies.

I wonder is the rolling chassis were put to some
Topic: Access at Craig Y Ddinas silica mine
Alasdair Neill

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 29/09/2015 14:55:06   Subject: Access at Craig Y Ddinas silica mine
In the 19th Century (as shown on 1:2500 maps) there was a tramway running west along the top of Dinas Rock from the mine, to what was presumably a chute straight down the rock face on the south side t
Topic: Wheal Ellen & Castle an Dinas for sale
Alasdair Neill

Forum: South West England   Posted: 21/09/2015 09:31:14   Subject: Wheal Ellen & Castle an Dinas for sale
PCG investigated some quite extensive workings here with contractors working on the Carrick capping project in the 1980's. Don't know exactly where & I guess its not likely to be in the area now up fo
Topic: Hemerdon Mine
Alasdair Neill

Forum: South West England   Posted: 21/09/2015 09:28:30   Subject: Hemerdon Mine
Of course there was actual underground production from Hemerdon in AMAX days, around 1980, from the decline sunk then to feed the pilot plant. No idea what the amount produced was, but both tin and tu
Topic: Wheal Ellen & Castle an Dinas for sale
Alasdair Neill

Forum: South West England   Posted: 19/09/2015 09:38:07   Subject: Wheal Ellen & Castle an Dinas for sale
http://www.stags.co.uk/properties/8735004/sales
http://www.stags.co.uk/properties/8540121/sales
Topic: Hemerdon Mine
Alasdair Neill

Forum: South West England   Posted: 19/09/2015 09:31:12   Subject: Hemerdon Mine
Mine now officially opened & in production. However tungsten price is said to have halved recently, but it is claimed the mine will still be profitable due to low working costs.
http://www.bbc.co
Topic: Scalped
Alasdair Neill

Forum: SRT Equipment & Training   Posted: 14/09/2015 09:45:05   Subject: Scalped
Best method to avoid loss of hair is to be able to unload your descender, eg by changing over to ascending - which may be easier said than done in this situation.
Taking young kids abseiling regu
Topic: National Library of Scotland maps
Alasdair Neill

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/09/2015 10:07:05   Subject: National Library of Scotland maps
My mistake, not somerset yet.
Topic: National Library of Scotland maps
Alasdair Neill

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/09/2015 10:03:04   Subject: National Library of Scotland maps
These now extend to Cornwall Devon & Somerset
Topic: Newspaper index
Alasdair Neill

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/09/2015 09:38:18   Subject: Newspaper index
Due to difficulties in getting the index on the Mining History Network updated, at Roger Burt's suggestion have been looking for a new host.

There is now a link on the Trevithick Society ww
Topic: Aerial ropeway foundations (photo)
Alasdair Neill

Forum: North West England   Posted: 21/07/2015 09:54:26   Subject: Aerial ropeway foundations (photo)
In the recent past ropeways partially survived at Cwm Bychan nr Beddgelert & Silverband. The former (upper end only) I assume is still there, the latter not sure about.
Can remember plenty of rop
Topic: Channel Islands tin mines
Alasdair Neill

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 07/07/2015 10:54:58   Subject: Channel Islands tin mines
The UK Mineral Statistics 1855 record tin production from an undisclosed site in the Channel Islands.
A quick search of published papers reveal nothing about thus, although there is plenty on for
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