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Topic: Flat rope on incline tramways
Cornish Pixie

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 31/01/2012 13:24:29   Subject: Flat rope on incline tramways
Does anyone know if wire flat rope was used on incline tramways? I am exploring a couple dating from the mid- to late-1850s and have found a sheave wheel (48cms) in diameter and a lot of flat rope (9
Topic: Mine Bells
Cornish Pixie

Forum: Mining Heritage   Posted: 26/10/2011 18:47:31   Subject: Mine Bells
Many thanks to all you good people who have helped me out in my research on mine bells. I'm deeply grateful. This is a subject that has intrigued me and I had no idea that bells were used on mines in
Topic: Mine Bells
Cornish Pixie

Forum: Mining Heritage   Posted: 25/10/2011 11:59:35   Subject: Mine Bells
Mike Moore you :devil:
:lol:
Topic: Mine Bells
Cornish Pixie

Forum: Mining Heritage   Posted: 24/10/2011 22:51:41   Subject: Mine Bells
Hey Roy, wonderful photos! Where is this venerable old bell displayed? Do you know anything about the date and how big is it? It looks like it's cast in iron. I'm suspicious that the bell I saw over h
Topic: Mine Bells
Cornish Pixie

Forum: Mining Heritage   Posted: 24/10/2011 22:41:57   Subject: Mine Bells
Of course! I've heard the bleddy thing ringing at the mine now you mention it!!! :blink: Proper job! Thanks for all of your help. I'm sure you don't want anymore of my questions 'ringing in your ears
Topic: Mine Bells
Cornish Pixie

Forum: Mining Heritage   Posted: 24/10/2011 22:22:13   Subject: Mine Bells
That would make sense, as this was quite a common size for mine bells it seems. How loud did it ring? Sorry for all the anally retentive questions!!! :lol:
Topic: Mine Bells
Cornish Pixie

Forum: Mining Heritage   Posted: 24/10/2011 21:56:11   Subject: Mine Bells
How big do you estimate the bell in the headframe to be Scooptram? Some of the bells I've got documentray evidence for were around 14 inches in diameter at the lip (bottom). The Ting Tang bell looks a
Topic: Mine Bells
Cornish Pixie

Forum: Mining Heritage   Posted: 24/10/2011 21:45:08   Subject: Mine Bells
Scooptram, that's right, there is a peach of a piccie in the Ting Tang user album. Ting Tang was run by the Williams until about 1840 when it was knacked. It was taken up by old Capt. Martin of Tresav
Topic: Mine Bells
Cornish Pixie

Forum: Mining Heritage   Posted: 24/10/2011 20:56:32   Subject: Mine Bells
Scooptram, you're an absolute gem! :flowers: Did you get a piccie of the Tang Tang bell? Maybe this very bell gave its name to that mine (it must have been a nick name); hardly surprising when you c
Topic: Mine Bells
Cornish Pixie

Forum: Mining Heritage   Posted: 24/10/2011 16:46:33   Subject: Mine Bells
Cheers! ;)
Topic: Mine Bells
Cornish Pixie

Forum: Mining Heritage   Posted: 24/10/2011 16:36:09   Subject: Mine Bells
Gwyn, the archive has an image of the bugler all right, but I couldn't see one of the bell :(
Topic: Mine Bells
Cornish Pixie

Forum: Mining Heritage   Posted: 24/10/2011 16:04:48   Subject: Mine Bells
I can buy the still for £20 from Sky who own the copyright!! :ohmygod:

Does anyone have an alternative source (preferably cheaper) for this image? Right now £20 is a bit steep!!
Topic: Mine Bells
Cornish Pixie

Forum: Mining Heritage   Posted: 24/10/2011 15:39:17   Subject: Mine Bells
What a beauty!! Where does the image come from, as I'd love permission to include that in my article?!! :thumbsup: Thanks so much Grahami!
Topic: Mine Bells
Cornish Pixie

Forum: Mining Heritage   Posted: 24/10/2011 14:39:12   Subject: Mine Bells
Cheers, Chris. Will do. :)
Topic: Mine Bells
Cornish Pixie

Forum: Mining Heritage   Posted: 24/10/2011 13:59:57   Subject: Mine Bells
Scooptram, you're a gem! A piccie would be great if it's possible to get up close enough. :tongue:
Topic: Mine Bells
Cornish Pixie

Forum: Mining Heritage   Posted: 24/10/2011 13:56:48   Subject: Mine Bells
When you say 'big' how big do you reckon, Graham? The reason I ask, is because I was recently shown a bell said to have been used on a mine over here in Ireland, which is much bigger - 24 inches in di
Topic: Mine Bells
Cornish Pixie

Forum: Mining Heritage   Posted: 24/10/2011 13:44:12   Subject: Mine Bells
Interesting, I don't recall seeing it down there Scooptram, but Richard has a lot of interesting stuff on site. Wonder if anyone lives near enough to have a gander? Wendron's a fair old way from Wickl
Topic: Mine Bells
Cornish Pixie

Forum: Mining Heritage   Posted: 24/10/2011 13:15:05   Subject: Mine Bells
Tezarchaeon, our messages must have crossed each other! Yes, you're right, that is defo a small bell frame. I wonder what happened to all the bells that were once on the Cornish mines? They appear in
Topic: Mine Bells
Cornish Pixie

Forum: Mining Heritage   Posted: 24/10/2011 12:54:15   Subject: Mine Bells
Chris and Skimble, thanks so much for this! :thumbsup: It's great to see that mine bell still in situ at Aberllefenni. I have just received the new Ordish book and on p. 39 (as pointed out to me a fe
Topic: Mine Bells
Cornish Pixie

Forum: Mining Heritage   Posted: 24/10/2011 12:31:03   Subject: Mine Bells
Excellent information, Simonrail, thanks! I'd like to see a copy of that picture of the bell at Normanby if you have it ;)
Topic: Mine Bells
Cornish Pixie

Forum: Mining Heritage   Posted: 24/10/2011 10:49:21   Subject: Mine Bells
Chris, is that at a metal mine or a colliery and when does it date from? I suspect steam hooters and whistles gradually displaced these old mine bells.
Topic: Mine Bells
Cornish Pixie

Forum: Mining Heritage   Posted: 24/10/2011 10:39:19   Subject: Mine Bells
I'm currently doing some research into mine bells which documentary research has revealed were common on mines throughout Cornwall and west Devon in the C19th. They were used to regiment all salaried
Topic: Questions about Ferrodoofer bacteria.
Cornish Pixie

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/10/2011 21:21:49   Subject: Questions about Ferrodoofer bacteria.
I hear what you are saying and I've been into places like Mt Wellington and felt the effects of low oxygen and shitty air. Fine when you're doing this as a hobby. But we were employed by a local autho
Topic: Questions about Ferrodoofer bacteria.
Cornish Pixie

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/10/2011 17:52:25   Subject: Questions about Ferrodoofer bacteria.
You 'estimated' the air to be around 10% - did you not have a gas meter with you? We were surveying some C18th workings in Ireland last week. The meter started going off regularly as we finished the s
Topic: A Question for Those in Cornwall (and a few other places)
Cornish Pixie

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 17/07/2011 13:35:41   Subject: A Question for Those in Cornwall (and a few other places)
.. If the WHS bid was based upon the developments in Cornwall & West Devon between two dates (sorry cant remember which by no later than 1900), then why was Geevor, Taylors and Robinsons sites being i
Topic: A Question for Those in Cornwall (and a few other places)
Cornish Pixie

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 17/07/2011 11:23:37   Subject: A Question for Those in Cornwall (and a few other places)
The Cornwall and west Devon Mining Landscape WHS draft nomination document was widely circulated to the Bid Partnership that comprised hundreds of people from a variety of governmental departments, as
Topic: A Question for Those in Cornwall (and a few other places)
Cornish Pixie

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 17/07/2011 00:22:05   Subject: A Question for Those in Cornwall (and a few other places)
The problem is finding a working balance between preserving heritage considered to be of OUV with the needs of modern communities who live and work within a WHS. If all economic development is going t
Topic: A Question for Those in Cornwall (and a few other places)
Cornish Pixie

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 16/07/2011 21:59:52   Subject: A Question for Those in Cornwall (and a few other places)
Let's not forget that a WHS has no statutory designation. Therefore, there is no way that a WHS can halt the destruction of historic fabric, such has happened at Crofty and Holmans for example, as the
Topic: Water power-the Kennall River
Cornish Pixie

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 25/02/2010 10:16:06   Subject: Water power-the Kennall River
I know about the report, thanks. I used to work with John Smith and I have entered literally hundreds of records into the HER. It's a great and underused resource.
Topic: Water power-the Kennall River
Cornish Pixie

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 25/02/2010 08:44:17   Subject: Water power-the Kennell River
The correct spelling is Kennall isn't it, not Kennell?

There is some interesting information on the site in Bryan Earl's book 'Cornish Explosives' (1978) for those who are interested. The H
Topic: International mine explorers
Cornish Pixie

Forum: Europe   Posted: 21/02/2010 12:34:03   Subject: International mine explorers
I'll give you Cornie, you cheeky b****r!!!

Look forward to the piccies. :thumbsup:
Topic: International mine explorers
Cornish Pixie

Forum: Europe   Posted: 19/02/2010 11:14:46   Subject: International mine explorers
Welcome, Gollom!

Please keep the Californian stories and piccies coming! I love your part of the world and have visited several times. My g.grandfather mined out West (CA, NV) as well as MI
Topic: Moving the loads
Cornish Pixie

Forum: Mining Methods & Techniques   Posted: 03/02/2010 14:39:46   Subject: Moving the loads
How wonderful to see these historic photographs detailing the granite industry which was very important in Cornwall but one that is often eclipsed by hard rock mining. Were your family involved in the
Topic: International mine explorers
Cornish Pixie

Forum: Europe   Posted: 08/01/2010 12:36:38   Subject: International mine explorers
Being a part of a European mining heritage organisation means that I have participated in trips to mines in the Czech Republic, UK, Germany, Norway, Italy, Poland, Spain and Ireland. I think it would
Topic: Merry Christmas
Cornish Pixie

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 26/12/2009 09:25:27   Subject: Merry Christmas
Nadelik Lowen, ha Bledhen Noweth da!! :flowers:
Topic: PHOTO COMPETITION - THANKS
Cornish Pixie

Forum: The 2009 AditNow Photography Competition   Posted: 23/12/2009 01:31:50   Subject: PHOTO COMPETITION - THANKS
Simon, do you want to 'phone a friend? Or ask the audience? ;D
Topic: Query from down under!
Cornish Pixie

Forum: Australasia   Posted: 21/12/2009 23:26:26   Subject: Query from down under!
Is that snow on the ground? Must be a cold climate to have smallish houses/cottages each with a chimney. One thing I can categorically state - this is not in Cornwall!! It doesn't look like Britain ei
Topic: How would you empty a kibble?
Cornish Pixie

Forum: South West England   Posted: 18/12/2009 12:51:46   Subject: How would you empty a kibble?
Interestingly, there is documentary evidence that a woman called Gracey Briney of East End Redruth worked as a kibble lander at the local mines in the mid-C19th. She was a regular with the miners at t
Topic: Underground parking
Cornish Pixie

Forum: North America   Posted: 17/12/2009 20:12:11   Subject: Underground parking
Subsidence is a common problem in the Clinton Road area of Redruth. If you look at the wall of O'Be Joyful's pub (aka the Trefusis Arms) you will see large cracks in the walls surrounding it. The plot
Topic: Events and meets for 2010
Cornish Pixie

Forum: Events   Posted: 14/12/2009 19:43:21   Subject: Events and meets for 2010
WOW, Martin and I will most certainly be up for your trip Roy. Make sure you let us know the date in plenty of time so we can book the ferry from Dublin! Bring it on!!! :thumbsup:
Topic: Tin miners emigration to Northumberland
Cornish Pixie

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 08/12/2009 14:24:26   Subject: Tin miners emigration to Northumberland
Yes, Penhalurick and Penaluna are both Cornish language surnames! It's interesting to try and trace such names outside Cornwall, as this provides some intriguing avenues for researching previous migra
Topic: Tin miners emigration to Northumberland
Cornish Pixie

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 06/12/2009 22:32:51   Subject: Tin miners emigration to Northumberland
Very true, Patch. Roose was one of those areas. Cornish miners were familiar with the success of the Hadbarrow Mine at Millom (there was a discrete Cornish community at Moor Row) and the nearby settle
Topic: Las Minas Jimmie Copper Mine
Cornish Pixie

Forum: North America   Posted: 06/12/2009 11:29:34   Subject: Las Minas Jimmie Copper Mine
The co-ordinates for this mine must have been incorrectly entered into the database: it's not in Mexico but in New Mexico USA, in Rio Arriba County in the northern part of the state.

Try: 3
Topic: Are there any glaring omissions from the database
Cornish Pixie

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 05/12/2009 15:27:57   Subject: Are there any glaring omissions from the database
As the Isle of Man is a self-governing British Crown dependency and is not a part of the UK, then imho it should be treated as a country and selected from the drop down list top right.

Topic: Tin miners emigration to Northumberland
Cornish Pixie

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/12/2009 20:54:57   Subject: Tin miners emigration to Northumberland
Cornish miners were not coal miners as there are no coal mines in Cornwall. The technology and working practices were altogether different, hence the Cornish miners needing to be taught how to mine co
Topic: Tin miners emigration to Northumberland
Cornish Pixie

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/12/2009 20:53:10   Subject: Tin miners emigration to Northumberland
That's really interesting, Bearpark. Contrary to popular belief, to suggest that strike action was uncommon in Cornwall has been proven false, Rule arguing that this form of collective activity, altho
Topic: Tin miners emigration to Northumberland
Cornish Pixie

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/12/2009 20:32:14   Subject: Tin miners emigration to Northumberland
Cornish miners had something of a reputation as black leg labour up north! In 1844 they were involved in breaking a strike when colliery owners were trying (unsuccessfully) to break the power of the M
Topic: Are there any glaring omissions from the database
Cornish Pixie

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/12/2009 19:48:04   Subject: Are there any glaring omissions from the database
There are a number of overseas mines that I could have added information to if there was an editing system in place, but I quite see your point about the problems of allowing a wiki-style system :con
Topic: Are there any glaring omissions from the database
Cornish Pixie

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/12/2009 18:33:01   Subject: Are there any glaring omissions from the database
Just an observation, why is there only one mine listed for the Isle of Man when you select this from the country drop down list top right of the page? Laxey, the Bradda mines etc., are listed under No
Topic: Foreign house names in mining districts
Cornish Pixie

Forum: Mining Heritage   Posted: 04/12/2009 17:55:28   Subject: Foreign house names in mining districts
Tharsis Villa in Calstock was owned by Thomas Down, formerly of the Staffordshire Copper Extracting Company, who had it built in the mid- to late 1860s. It's named for a large mine in Spain, details a
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