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Topic: Hidden Wales: Cwmystwyth
AndyC

Forum: Mid Wales   Posted: 03/12/2018 23:17:20   Subject: Hidden Wales: Cwmystwyth
Just came back here after a long absence to say how nice it is to see Roy in the flesh.
Topic: old hawn stone quarry - writing slates
AndyC

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 11/09/2018 08:08:06   Subject: old hawn stone quarry - writing slates
Thanks for the replies.

I think this is the first time I have seen 'earmarking' used in the original literal sense..
Topic: old hawn stone quarry - writing slates
AndyC

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 10/09/2018 09:06:37   Subject: old hawn stone quarry - writing slates
Hi,

I have just learned that tha visitor centre at Ogwen Cottage is on the site of 'Old Hawn' stone quarry - mentioned on their web site:

http://ogwen.co.uk/snowdonia/

Topic: New Book Welsh Slate, Archaeology and History of an Industry
AndyC

Forum: For Sale! (and wanted / for swap)   Posted: 12/04/2015 11:05:22   Subject: New Book Welsh Slate, Archaeology and History of an Industry
[quote="somersetminer"]I will add, I will not be getting this, as its Welsh (they're strange folk over there :lol: ) and its about slate...
seriously though, for the sort of research that goes in
Topic: New Book Welsh Slate, Archaeology and History of an Industry
AndyC

Forum: For Sale! (and wanted / for swap)   Posted: 11/04/2015 11:39:00   Subject: New Book Welsh Slate, Archaeology and History of an Industry
Just to add that I will certainly be getting it. I very much enjoyed "Gwynedd, Inheriting a Revolution".

What I think is also missed is that there are the economies of scale. Something lik
Topic: Photographs Of Cwmorthin (Photo ref 100313) (photo)
AndyC

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 21/03/2015 22:41:16   Subject: Photographs Of Cwmorthin (Photo ref 100313) (photo)
It is,

was put up for the porpoises of this thread:

http://www.aditnow.co.uk/Community/viewtopic.aspx?p=153897#msg153897

Topic: Two cows rescued from mineshaft
AndyC

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 21/01/2015 09:21:07   Subject: Two cows rescued from mineshaft


... In the Welsh Black of the shaft.

(I had to use Google to come up with that one).
Topic: Cwmorthin bridge collapse
AndyC

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 20/01/2015 23:48:58   Subject: Cwmorthin bridge collapse
[quote="sinker"][quote="skimble"][quote="sinker"]Do you mean the arched bridge near Robin's garden? [/quote]
No, the slab bridge up by the lake.[/quote]

Oh crap I see what you mean! It
Topic: Two cows rescued from mineshaft
AndyC

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 19/01/2015 20:28:55   Subject: Two cows rescued from mineshaft

The steaks were high
Topic: Llechwedd and WHHR Press Release
AndyC

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 01/12/2014 21:57:43   Subject: Llechwedd and WHHR Press Release
[quote="euros"]See short film of Llechwedd and Coalition in use:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoCHbq1JF5g[/quote]

That was great, but then, as you do you start looking at rel
Topic: Mine Photography
AndyC

Forum: Underground Photography & Video   Posted: 15/11/2014 08:55:16   Subject: Mine Photography
Going slightly off topic the yonguno triggers are great. Not only can you slave several flashes, but you can order with a trigger cable for yuour camera (Canon/Nikon) and use as a remote trigger.
Topic: Meanwhile in a disused Railway Tunnel in Notts...
AndyC

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 03/11/2014 22:50:21   Subject: Meanwhile in a disused Railway Tunnel in Notts...
Love it. Lovely picture
Topic: tHURSDAY nIGHTERS, 23RD oCTOBER
AndyC

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 21/10/2014 17:39:45   Subject: tHURSDAY nIGHTERS, 23RD oCTOBER
"another adit full of dead sheep in bin bags"

What is that all about?
Topic: Slate in Pembrokeshire
AndyC

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 08/10/2014 16:09:57   Subject: Slate in Pembrokeshire


I suspect you mean A Gazeteer of Slate Quarries in Wales.

Same page, first one under 'Slate' (the HTML is a bit primitive on the site so I cannot provide direct links.

Topic: Slate in Pembrokeshire
AndyC

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 07/10/2014 21:07:53   Subject: Slate in Pembrokeshire
By no means an expert on Pembrokeshire. In fact have only visited one (The Blue Lagoon one).

However there is a book if you scroll to the bottom of this page:

http://www.richards
Topic: Ballroom Flat Masonic Dinner
AndyC

Forum: North East England   Posted: 23/09/2014 20:59:08   Subject: Ballroom Flat Masonic Dinner
Two things I know about Masons:

They are pretty open these days (except for a very few subjects). Think of it like a web site forum with a few threads hidden except for 'special members'.<
Topic: Programme about Snowdonia Slate on the Wireless Set
AndyC

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 31/07/2014 20:00:14   Subject: Programme about Snowdonia Slate on the Wireless Set


Accidentally caught this today - 'Open Country' on Radio4. Talks about re-use of Slate Quarries, featuring 'Bounce Below' the Lleanberis Museum and Dorothea. Also some pictures of Dorothea
Topic: Bouncing beneath Blaenau
AndyC

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 08/07/2014 10:23:30   Subject: Bouncing beneath Blaenau
[quote="Cat_Bones"]I think it's great. That chamber will be one of the best maintained and looked-after chambers in the entire country and will be enjoyed by far more people than even the busiest par
Topic: Bridge Height.
AndyC

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 27/06/2014 13:42:13   Subject: Bridge Height.
Or you could take the same pproach as here:

http://goo.gl/maps/g2olo



Note the 'high' kerbs. In fact the road was lowered so trucks taking art works up to Manod during
Topic: Bouncing beneath Blaenau
AndyC

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 25/06/2014 19:27:28   Subject: Bouncing beneath Blaenau
World's longest zip wire?
Topic: Water supply from mines
AndyC

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 13/06/2014 19:34:03   Subject: Water supply from mines
[quote="Drillbilly."]It was pretty common in Cornwall for people to use adits as water sources, both from working mines (yes, I know!!!) and abandoned ones. People have pumped from shafts for water, b
Topic: Penarth - Trolley vandalised
AndyC

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 18/05/2014 23:26:13   Subject: Penarth - Trolley vandalised
[quote="4737carlin"]This may not be an original artefact but next time this pikey goes underground with his grinder he might be tempted to work on something more historical, if he hasn't already at ot
Topic: Aerial Photographer seeks interesting mine/quarry
AndyC

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 30/03/2014 20:59:31   Subject: Aerial Photographer seeks interesting mine/quarry
[quote="somersetminer"]Rob, your nearest big quarries are probably Whatley or Merehead in Somerset (Mendip hills), although it may be worth the extra train journey for Parys, more variation! depends h
Topic: Maenofferen
AndyC

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 13/02/2014 22:46:40   Subject: Maenofferen
The Oakley ones look (as far as I recall) as the same as at Penyorsedd for winding the blondins.
Topic: Where does the slate come from
AndyC

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 31/01/2014 19:40:08   Subject: Where does the slate come from
Story of the BBC of shoring up defences with slate:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-25950370

Anyone any idea what the quarry they are taking it from might be?
Topic: Porthmadog slate quays
AndyC

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 31/01/2014 19:38:06   Subject: Porthmadog slate quays
Blimey that is now sought after. I just picked up a copy off the shelf, but it must have been 2007.

If you are in the area you might try the Bleneau Bookshop, Ffestiniog Railway sation at P
Topic: Cathedral Quarry in "Snow White and the Huntsman" film in 2012
AndyC

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 08/01/2014 20:40:04   Subject: Cathedral Quarry in
I'm still angry at seeing the giant scorpion knocking rocks off the edge of that minor incline at Dinorwic in Clash of the Titans. The film crew should tale more care.
Topic: Sad News - GPJ RIP
AndyC

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 01/01/2014 12:22:43   Subject: Sad News - GPJ RIP
[quote="mwynwr"]The news of Gwynfor's passing is very sad.

As a tribute to him I thought I would tell a story that he told me many years ago, when he gave me a tour of Dorothea:-

Topic: Milldam mine - not reopening
AndyC

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 31/12/2013 09:32:03   Subject: Milldam mine - not reopening
[quote="ebgb"]on the beeb also:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-25554549[/quote]

Is the second photo in the BBC link a desperate attempt at matricide?
Topic: Cwmorthin Book reprint
AndyC

Forum: For Sale! (and wanted / for swap)   Posted: 29/12/2013 19:39:36   Subject: Cwmorthin Book reprint
Beggers can't be boozers, I have no edition so will definitely be buying.
Topic: Thusday Nighters, 14th November - Trip Report
AndyC

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 16/11/2013 09:37:00   Subject: Thusday Nighters, 14th November - Trip Report
Lovverly stuff.

How common are false floors in slate mines? Not sure I was aware of any.
Topic: Incident at Rhosydd 11/11/13
AndyC

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 12/11/2013 13:25:07   Subject: Incident at Rhosydd 11/11/13
[quote="iestyn999"]Sorry, wrong Andy! I do apologise :oops:[/quote]

No problem at all. I have been accused of many things, but this is a new one.

FWAW I sentiments are with the
Topic: Incident at Rhosydd 11/11/13
AndyC

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 12/11/2013 11:03:39   Subject: Incident at Rhosydd 11/11/13
[quote="iestyn999"][quote="AndyC"][quote="agricola"]Knowing what we now know, perhaps the rescuers etc should have only started looking 28 Days later ... :o

Are we going to see some of the
Topic: Incident at Rhosydd 11/11/13
AndyC

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 12/11/2013 09:20:40   Subject: Incident at Rhosydd 11/11/13
[quote="agricola"]Knowing what we now know, perhaps the rescuers etc should have only started looking 28 Days later ... :o

Are we going to see some of the images of the rescue in their rep
Topic: Cwmorthin (above ground) bridge gone
AndyC

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 24/08/2013 11:46:18   Subject: Cwmorthin (above ground) bridge gone
As I recall the bridge was closed off for repair.

Might have been easier to take a crowbar to it.
Topic: Bridge (photo) - Glynrhonwy
AndyC

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 21/07/2013 00:06:56   Subject: Bridge (photo) - Glynrhonwy
Many thanks. Always have a chip buttie at Pete's when I am allowed up to NW.

AJR's book I mentioned was first published 2002.

In fact the photo in the book makes more sense if it
Topic: Bridge (photo) - Glynrhonwy
AndyC

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 20/07/2013 19:57:44   Subject: Bridge (photo) - Glynrhonwy
Well it fooled Alun John Richards ... there is a picture of it on page 38 of "Fragments of mine & mill in Wales".

Incidentally I once tried finding the bridge from the Grid Ref used in the
Topic: Cwmorthin Book reprint
AndyC

Forum: For Sale! (and wanted / for swap)   Posted: 08/07/2013 09:09:48   Subject: Cwmorthin Book reprint
I would certainly be buying one.
Topic: Dorothea Slate Quarry
AndyC

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 07/07/2013 21:12:13   Subject: Dorothea Slate Quarry
Unfortunately this time it is a fatality:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-23216555
Topic: A new horizon for Dorothea??
AndyC

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 27/06/2013 11:22:46   Subject: A new horizon for Dorothea??
Two things:

1. If it takes three years, how can people be staying in it by 2013?

2. What a great idea for a disaster movie.
Topic: Toilet mine
AndyC

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 19/05/2013 16:35:09   Subject: Toilet mine
[quote="AR"]Mayhap so, but it was still a surprise to see it there in the barmaster's records! :lol:[/quote]

Too true. I had a mate who'se cottage in Cromford was an old mining office. In a
Topic: Llechwedd public tour revamp
AndyC

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 01/05/2013 17:00:11   Subject: Llechwedd public tour revamp
[quote="rufenig"]Well everyone knows from watching films and TV drama that it is not dark underground.
Everywhere is lit with a green glow.
I don't know what all the fuss about mining lamps
Topic: Do you upload photos to the internet?
AndyC

Forum: Underground Photography & Video   Posted: 30/04/2013 13:47:24   Subject: Do you upload photos to the internet?
[quote="christwigg"][quote="ttxela"]I know little about such things but it might be worth mentioning that the proffessional photographer who was at one of our recent Muay Thai fights has his website s
Topic: Do you upload photos to the internet?
AndyC

Forum: Underground Photography & Video   Posted: 30/04/2013 12:55:07   Subject: Do you upload photos to the internet?
While I agree with much of what is said here, Newstuff's post matches my feelings most closely.

While I am happy for stuff I have uploaded here an elsewhere to be used, it would be on a st
Topic: Llechwedd public tour revamp
AndyC

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 30/04/2013 12:32:15   Subject: Llechwedd public tour revamp
Very Nice.

It's 'Caban'.
Topic: Boulby on the BBC
AndyC

Forum: North East England   Posted: 25/04/2013 13:45:40   Subject: Boulby on the BBC
[quote="NeilR"]To name but a few!

Thanks Michael

I must see if I can get the Wikipedia entry edited - It's the sort of stuff that journalists like to include in articles but it s
Topic: Incident at Maenofferen
AndyC

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 19/04/2013 12:51:32   Subject: Incident at Maenofferen

Is part of BBC documentary as Willie was at the Wheel.

Stumbled across this (it may not embed as I am having to copy the URL):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAGXm7-tWlU<
Topic: wheels attempted to be stolen from Wrysgan
AndyC

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 02/03/2013 00:46:16   Subject: wheels attempted to be stolen from Wrysgan
So seems to be a concerted effort by someone to take stuff from Wrysgan.

This is not helping my blood pressure.
Topic: Reccomend a Cafe Near Llanwrst
AndyC

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 22/02/2013 20:35:01   Subject: Reccomend a Cafe Near Llanwrst
Last time I asked for a bit of Olive Oil dribbled on my eggs, Popeye hit me.
Topic: Zip wires for Penrhyn quarry?
AndyC

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 11/02/2013 17:09:24   Subject: Zip wires for Penrhyn quarry?
odd they use photos of the quarry before a good proportion of the levels were obscured by waste.
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