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Topic: Bagshaw
AR

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 19/09/2020 21:14:36   Subject: Bagshaw
AFAIK it's now open again.
Topic: Lead ingot from wreck
AR

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 16/09/2020 21:10:43   Subject: Lead ingot from wreck
On those dimensions, the weight will be around 52kg, which converted into imperial measures is a little over 8 stone - a value which will not surprise anyone with familiarity with lead pigs!
Topic: Lead ingot from wreck
AR

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 16/09/2020 16:55:24   Subject: Lead ingot from wreck
Hi Lynn, good to see you on Aditnow. I'll try and do a rough calculation of the weight based on the dimensions given.

I'd suggest not putting your unaltered email address on posts unless y
Topic: Prince Edward Gold Mine (mine)
AR

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 16/09/2020 16:47:51   Subject: Prince Edward Gold Mine (mine)
[quote="ttxela"]

Incidentally the Roman fort is marked on the OS map as Roman Practice Works - does this literally mean they were practicing making forts?[/quote]

Probably more a
Topic: Lead ingot from wreck
AR

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 14/09/2020 20:51:03   Subject: Lead ingot from wreck
The Netherlands were the main continental point of export for British lead, at least for the Pennine orefields - I'm less sure about the western orefields, but if their produce was mostly ending up wi
Topic: Miners Tools.
AR

Forum: Mining Methods & Techniques   Posted: 03/09/2020 22:45:51   Subject: Miners Tools.
Drill steels from the era of compressed air drilling will be made from cast steel, but given they need to be shock resistant I'd guess on the lower carbon end of the scale. That will make them easier
Topic: Miners Tools.
AR

Forum: Mining Methods & Techniques   Posted: 03/09/2020 21:37:55   Subject: Miners Tools.
Okay... from what I can see there the smith started out with a square bar of wrought iron, fire-welded a small piece of steel onto one end (to act as a tougher plate on the outer working edge) then wo
Topic: Miners Tools.
AR

Forum: Mining Methods & Techniques   Posted: 31/08/2020 21:10:24   Subject: Miners Tools.
There was a case in the Peak of a miner getting stuck underground for several days after a run in (Cromford Moor Mine, I think?) but having tried to eat his candles decided that hunger was the lesser
Topic: Miners Tools.
AR

Forum: Mining Methods & Techniques   Posted: 24/08/2020 21:35:14   Subject: Miners Tools.
There's a wide range of etchants that potentially can be used on metals - nital is the most common, ferric chloride is another one but many acids will reveal differences on a polished metal surface. W
Topic: Miners Tools.
AR

Forum: Mining Methods & Techniques   Posted: 23/08/2020 16:57:08   Subject: Miners Tools.
The years spent studying archaeometallurgy and learning blacksmithing were good for something! I have made pattern-welded billets in the past but I'm too out of practice with forge welding to do it th
Topic: Miners Tools.
AR

Forum: Mining Methods & Techniques   Posted: 23/08/2020 12:35:52   Subject: Miners Tools.
[quote="D.Send"]Hi,
Damascene swords are made by hammering a blade to twice its length, covering it with carbon dust, and folding it back onto itself, and hammering it again to weld the two sheet
Topic: Miners Tools.
AR

Forum: Mining Methods & Techniques   Posted: 22/08/2020 21:13:49   Subject: Miners Tools.
Unfortunately not, rust generally comes off in small scales from all sorts of iron. The wood-grain effect you see on wrought iron comes from enhanced corrosion around the minute strings of slag within
Topic: Miners Tools.
AR

Forum: Mining Methods & Techniques   Posted: 21/08/2020 21:05:47   Subject: Miners Tools.
Looking at those tools, I'd say they aren't wrought iron - there's a definite lack of "wood-grain" corrosion on them which is characteristic of wrought. More likely that they're a medium carbon steel,
Topic: Gas Monitors
AR

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 14/08/2020 21:03:59   Subject: Gas Monitors
I picked one up second hand with its charging cradle for £80 on fleabay. As I expected, the O2 sensor was shot but a replacement cost £30. It'll still need calibrating at some point (another £40-£50)
Topic: Comet Neowise
AR

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 10/08/2020 21:22:08   Subject: Comet Neowise
Images need to be uploaded to an album on this site, either for a specific mine or your personal album, or linked from another online site. To get at your personal album ,hover over "My Aditnow" and c
Topic: Gleadless, Sheffield - Mystery Excavations
AR

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 20/07/2020 21:02:07   Subject: Gleadless, Sheffield - Mystery Excavations
So this area is known as Bole Hills too Phil? I was thinking of the one overlooking the Rivelin Valley by Crookes. Makes you think about just how much lead came out of the Peak for smelting before the
Topic: Mandale Mine - Lathkill Dale
AR

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 20/07/2020 20:54:11   Subject: Mandale Mine - Lathkill Dale
It looks like the bolts may be Whitworth rather than ISO. I'll try and source an exact match but in the meantime, might be an idea to move the remaining bolt to the other side which doesn't require fo
Topic: Gleadless, Sheffield - Mystery Excavations
AR

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 20/07/2020 11:08:10   Subject: Gleadless, Sheffield - Mystery Excavations
[quote="Yorkshireman"]Perhaps the name "Meers Brook" is a giveaway?

The term meer denoting a customary measure of land containing lead ore.

High levels of calcium (fluorite/fluor
Topic: Mandale Mine - Lathkill Dale
AR

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 19/07/2020 12:37:06   Subject: Mandale Mine - Lathkill Dale
I may well have fettled it by then - all it needs short-term is the right-hand bolt replacing with a new, slightly longer M14 which I can hopefully get tomorrow. There does look to be some distortion
Topic: Mandale Mine - Lathkill Dale
AR

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 19/07/2020 10:58:56   Subject: Mandale Mine - Lathkill Dale
I've got the gate shut again, but it's only secured on the left side. Hopefully back to normal soon, but at the moment you need to put your weight onto the left side to undo or fasten the bolt.
Topic: Mining subsidence visible on LIDAR images?
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Forum: North East England   Posted: 18/07/2020 20:59:38   Subject: Mining subsidence visible on LIDAR images?
[quote="pwhole"]

Anyway, it has reminded me to post that very image. I recently came across what appeared to be some significant excavations in woodland in Gleadless, Sheffield, strategical
Topic: Powdered milk
AR

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/07/2020 14:51:12   Subject: Powdered milk
Give over Les, I'm drooling now....

Thinking on, I need to go down to Bakewell later, the temptation to pick up oatcakes, smoked bacon, black pudding and mushrooms is very strong!

Topic: Powdered milk
AR

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/07/2020 20:52:39   Subject: Powdered milk
Some camping shops used to do condensed milk in squeezy tubes, though haven't seen it for a while. I recall taking some on my sixth form college expedition to Norway, and using it in the stupidly stro
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.
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