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Topic: Peak District Mine Exploration (Newbie)
AR

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 02/07/2020 16:50:19   Subject: Peak District Mine Exploration (Newbie)
I think you mean the DCA website, Roy, as opposed to the County Council or the club who look after Alderley Edge!

There aren't many mines in the Peak I'm happy to suggest to someone when I
Topic: Rocks found on Cwmorthin tip Help with identification
AR

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 22/06/2020 20:52:48   Subject: Rocks found on Cwmorthin tip Help with identification
One possibility for the iridescent coloured bit would be chalcopyrite - to find out you could leave it in dilute acid overnight and see if the acid takes on a greenish tinge.
Topic: Hi community
AR

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 17/06/2020 21:03:55   Subject: Hi community
You might also want to look in on the UK Caving forum (https://ukcaving.com/board/index.php), since we're mainly interested in man-made holes here!
Topic: Worth Iron Furnace - nodule (photo)
AR

Forum: South East England   Posted: 25/05/2020 21:58:09   Subject: Worth Iron Furnace - nodule (photo)
The slag lump looks like a mixture of slag and part-smelted ore, hard to say without actually seeing it though. I'll have to come round to yours with a hand lens once those of us who aren't Dominic Cu
Topic: Worth Iron Furnace - nodule (photo)
AR

Forum: South East England   Posted: 25/05/2020 10:48:17   Subject: Worth Iron Furnace - nodule (photo)
I'd be interested in seeing a photo Phil, the placename suggests pre-17th century lead smelting but the description sounds more like an iron smelting slag. Could well have been both going on in the ar
Topic: That Good ol' Mount'n Dew
AR

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/05/2020 21:19:52   Subject: That Good ol' Mount'n Dew
Whilst researching our family history, my mother discovered that one of my 19th century West Riding ancestors was prosecuted for making and selling illicit spirits to the local miners! Part of me thin
Topic: Cononley Lead Mine, N.Yorks
AR

Forum: North West England   Posted: 09/05/2020 21:01:38   Subject: Cononley Lead Mine, N.Yorks
Didn't Martin Roe have a website at one point with underground photos of Cononley? I had search but couldn't find it.

I've certainly seen photos of the workings on another website in the
Topic: Cononley Lead Mine, N.Yorks
AR

Forum: North West England   Posted: 08/05/2020 21:20:13   Subject: Cononley Lead Mine, N.Yorks
PDMHS have got AFAIK a complete collection of NMRS publications but we won't be selling unless there's a spare copy.
Topic: Free money for clubs with huts
AR

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 30/04/2020 23:23:24   Subject: Free money for clubs with huts
We've already applied for the grants we're eligible for in relation to the Mining Museum, including for the staff furlough, and PDMHS will be paying the museum staff the remaining 20% of their salarie
Topic: RIP Steve Thompson
AR

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 26/04/2020 21:15:57   Subject: RIP Steve Thompson
It's with great sadness that I have to report the sudden death of PDMHS secretary and newsletter editor Steve Thompson. Steve was a longtime lover of the great outdoors, and got into caving and mine e
Topic: Miners Tools.
AR

Forum: Mining Methods & Techniques   Posted: 23/04/2020 10:14:28   Subject: Miners Tools.
[quote="speculator"]The hammer head is so mushroomed and the claw so curled that I don't think any steel was ever involved. My feeling is that it was made from recycled iron in the days when that was
Topic: seeking an obscure Craven Basin references
AR

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 22/04/2020 21:46:02   Subject: seeking an obscure Craven Basin references
Any chance you could scan it to pdf and upload it here?
Topic: Miners Tools.
AR

Forum: Mining Methods & Techniques   Posted: 22/04/2020 21:44:47   Subject: Miners Tools.
The big one looks like a hammer pick rather than a poll pick (i.e. the hammer end is for hitting things, while a poll pick is struck with a hammer) while the small one is possibly a mason's pick as me
Topic: Miners Tools.
AR

Forum: Mining Methods & Techniques   Posted: 21/04/2020 09:51:28   Subject: Miners Tools.
I didn't think the double-head pick was old when I looked at it, and I'm sure it's cast steel, not wrought iron. There are known to have been very small picks used in lead mining and there is an area
Topic: Miners Tools.
AR

Forum: Mining Methods & Techniques   Posted: 20/04/2020 21:17:34   Subject: Miners Tools.
The Longcliffe poll pick is definitely wrought iron, that wood-grain pattern that forms as it corrodes is characteristic. I could just about see the line on the point where the steel tip had been fire
Topic: Ways to pass the time when you don't have a mine in the garden
AR

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/04/2020 09:49:26   Subject: Ways to pass the time when you don't have a mine in the garden
I've almost completed two of my guitar-related projects (the Frankencaster and the Interstellar Overdrive), intending to build a new workbench in the garage, and prepping up to convert my Win7 machine
Topic: Top Tip
AR

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 09/04/2020 21:30:42   Subject: Top Tip
I've got an old-fashioned 20lb weight with a top ring in the garage...
Topic: United Downs copper
AR

Forum: South West England   Posted: 08/04/2020 20:46:55   Subject: United Downs copper
Not my patch so I'm not familiar with the nature of the mineralisation, but I am familiar with the drilling that gave rise to Riber Mine being opened in the early 1950s. The drill core showed it had g
Topic: INTER - NAHMO Conference April 2020
AR

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 07/04/2020 21:04:25   Subject: INTER - NAHMO Conference April 2020
Hope to get over to Shropshire next year too, I have fond memories of the last one. PDMHS are also mindful that we're overdue a conference on our patch too...
Topic: JH mine
AR

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 30/03/2020 20:58:41   Subject: JH mine
The best general book is "Castleton Mines" by Jim Rieuwerts and Phil Wolstenholme - just checked Moore Books and it doesn't look like Mike has any in stock but you may still be able to get one direct
Topic: What’s the strangest thing you’ve found?
AR

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 27/03/2020 21:04:02   Subject: What’s the strangest thing you’ve found?
Here's the Silver Eye gnome...

[photo]120026[/photo]
Topic: Nuggets!
AR

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 26/03/2020 20:09:42   Subject: Nuggets!
WTF??? I thought it was bad enough the number of people who've driven out to the Peak Disrict to go for a walk, or bikers who think it's still OK to do the circuits round here.

It's not jus
Topic: Last shift at the George & Charlotte
AR

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 26/03/2020 19:55:53   Subject: Last shift at the George & Charlotte
:thumbsup:
Topic: What’s the strangest thing you’ve found?
AR

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 25/03/2020 20:39:46   Subject: What’s the strangest thing you’ve found?
[quote="TheCret!n"]

I found an almost complete skeleton of a cow once. That was in a cave though. The unfortunate animal had obviously fallen in. It wasn’t pleasant...

Leif.[/quo
Topic: What’s the strangest thing you’ve found?
AR

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 25/03/2020 17:21:29   Subject: What’s the strangest thing you’ve found?
An otter while on an inspection visit up Yatestoop Sough; the damn thing swam between my legs and gave me one hell of a shock, then I thought about how sharp their teeth are and how close those teeth
Topic: Lead mine Longstone Moor Derbyshire
AR

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 25/03/2020 07:12:13   Subject: Lead mine Longstone Moor Derbyshire
Thanks for reminding me Phil, the late Dave Williams OCR'd it and I've got a copy somewhere - I'll dig it out and put it into my personal docs to share it.

Edit - here you go: https://www.a
Topic: Last shift at the George & Charlotte
AR

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 24/03/2020 17:34:19   Subject: Last shift at the George & Charlotte
Hope you do manage to get up and running again once this is all over Rick.
Topic: Lead mine Longstone Moor Derbyshire
AR

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 22/03/2020 20:55:17   Subject: Lead mine Longstone Moor Derbyshire
Although this doesn't include Cackle Mackle, it covers some of the other sites in the area - https://pdmhs.co.uk/MiningHistory/Bulletin%207-2%20-%20The%20Caves,%20Mines%20and%20Soughs%20of%20the%20War
Topic: Lead mine Longstone Moor Derbyshire
AR

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 21/03/2020 17:09:40   Subject: Lead mine Longstone Moor Derbyshire
Yes, that's Cackle Mackle Mine with its well-preserved horse gin track. I can't remember offhand what published material there is relating to it but I'll have a dig around and see what I can find, the
Topic: Open cast copper mining
AR

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 13/03/2020 20:52:10   Subject: Open cast copper mining
For some reading on early mining and smelting, I'd suggest the works of R.F.Tylecote. As for examples of an early copper mine, there's Engine Vein at Alderley Edge, Great Orme, and the Copa Hill worki
Topic: CATMHS - The Mine Explorer - 40 Years
AR

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 29/02/2020 22:07:46   Subject: CATMHS - The Mine Explorer - 40 Years
Ordered one too, and looking forward to receiving it!:thumbsup:
Topic: Development of spades - a question
AR

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 27/02/2020 08:57:05   Subject: Development of spades - a question
The mining tools in Sheffield Museum came from Odin Mine (saw the curator at a meeting last night and asked about them) so like the Hucklow example of a wooden shovel, they're probably of 17th century
Topic: Development of spades - a question
AR

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 22/02/2020 20:37:39   Subject: Development of spades - a question
There's one of probable 17th century date was found in a lead mine near Great Hucklow in the 19th century IIRC, and I've a feeling it ended up in Sheffield City Museum.

My best guess is th
Topic: New group in the Southern Uplands
AR

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 11/02/2020 20:53:35   Subject: New group in the Southern Uplands
Good luck with getting it going, hope you'll join NAMHO once you're up and running.
Topic: Cromford Moor Sough
AR

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 11/02/2020 11:39:49   Subject: Cromford Moor Sough
We'll just have to wait now and see whether the buyer responds. If so, and people do want to donate it will need to be to Buxton Museum, not to PDMHS.
Topic: Cromford Moor Sough
AR

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 10/02/2020 21:56:31   Subject: Cromford Moor Sough
It'll be covered in the next newsletter whichever way it goes, though if the buyer does prove willing to sell it to Buxton Museum I'll be posting the news here.
Topic: Cromford Moor Sough
AR

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 10/02/2020 09:06:24   Subject: Cromford Moor Sough
We're having one last roll of the dice; the glass was one of a lot of five and some of the others were top-notch wine glasses so it may be that the buyer was more interested in them. Our secretary has
Topic: Cromford Moor Sough
AR

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 09/02/2020 16:23:53   Subject: Cromford Moor Sough
PDMHS were originally intending to bid on this, with the offer of donations from a number of members but on finding out Buxton Museum were bidding we decided to put the pledged donations (with the con
Topic: Cromford Moor Sough
AR

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 30/01/2020 17:02:08   Subject: Cromford Moor Sough
Thanks for posting that link, I've passed it on to my fellow members of PDMHS council and asked whether we want to try and acquire it for the Mining Museum.
Topic: Mine Explorer Journal volume7 ?
AR

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 20/12/2019 14:48:30   Subject: Mine Explorer Journal volume7 ?
If there is enough interest, it might be worth CATHMS doing a limited-run reprint (easy enough with modern digital printing) - PDMHS recently did this with the latest edition of Mining History due to
Topic: Mine map drawing/cartography
AR

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 16/12/2019 20:23:47   Subject: Mine map drawing/cartography
[quote="ttxela"]Is anyone still using pencil paper and drawing board? I've not surveyed a mine before but I still draw plans with a pencil at work.....[/quote]

For preference, I still draw
Topic: Ancient Egyptian drill holes question
AR

Forum: South Africa   Posted: 29/11/2019 20:56:37   Subject: Ancient Egyptian drill holes question
[quote="RJV"]I actually quite enjoyed that thread on the Skeptics forum. I've never heard the term Woo before. :)[/quote]
Going even further off topic (sorry folks!), you might like some of the s
Topic: Ancient Egyptian drill holes question
AR

Forum: South Africa   Posted: 28/11/2019 16:28:09   Subject: Ancient Egyptian drill holes question
[quote="r1xlx"]it is only a strange theory to fools who think themselves evolved from monkeys.
get a bag of monkey nuts and go swing through the trees.
[/quote]

No thank you, my a
Topic: The Derbyshire Caver, Issue 152
AR

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 27/11/2019 15:48:10   Subject: The Derbyshire Caver, Issue 152
Nitrobenzene's one I used to like (smells of marzipan) but rather carcinogenic, or so I now understand!:o
Topic: The Derbyshire Caver, Issue 152
AR

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 27/11/2019 13:01:50   Subject: The Derbyshire Caver, Issue 152
...and subterranean solvent abuse by yours truly!:lol:
Topic: Exploring Coal Mines - Gas?
AR

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 25/11/2019 16:11:04   Subject: Exploring Coal Mines - Gas?
Yes, but Caphouse is still actively ventilating its workings as would happen when it was in production. If they stopped doing that, it would no longer be safe to visit....
Topic: Steel cables in Moss head, Coniston
AR

Forum: North West England   Posted: 19/11/2019 16:18:41   Subject: Steel cables in Moss head, Coniston
Carting large drums would be my guess, but using a [u]lot[/u] of horses. For comparison Pete, the main beam for the 70" pumping engine at Magpie was carted there from Calver Sough, using around 40 hor
Topic: Cromford Canal
AR

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 14/11/2019 20:45:51   Subject: Cromford Canal
It's rained or snowed most of the day here so Matlock will likely flood again tomorrow. ;( If things stay dry-ish then water levels should have dropped by Saturday and the canal towpath is a few metre
Topic: Mine at 069 682
AR

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 06/11/2019 20:48:09   Subject: Mine at 069 682
SK, and just to the south of Buxton. I'm not sure about the gas shell story but the site was defintely used as a mortar test firing range during WW1. It falls within Hartington Liberty, the recorded h
Topic: Proposal to revive Cumbrian coal mining
AR

Forum: North West England   Posted: 06/11/2019 20:40:42   Subject: Proposal to revive Cumbrian coal mining
Best way to get the yoghurt-weavers to shut up is to point out that the best way to get loads more carbon-free energy would be a major expansion at Sellafield....
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