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Topic: A Thank you to all especially Simon
AR

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 26/01/2021 20:39:23   Subject: A Thank you to all especially Simon
Thank you Simon for all your graft in keeping the site going all these years, and to all the admins.

There's going to be a major hole in my world for some time now, I hope that the return o
Topic: Trapped miners in China
AR

Forum: Australasia   Posted: 26/01/2021 11:51:03   Subject: Trapped miners in China
[quote="TwllMawr"]

:offtopic:
With Trump unhinged yet possibly having a finger on the button right up to the inauguration, it was the best show in town. Who knew what circus act would
Topic: Another Newbie - Blaendare
AR

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 25/01/2021 10:39:56   Subject: Another Newbie - Blaendare
Erm, the OP is looking for information about the pit where their ancestors worked, not to actually go and try to explore it...
Topic: Trapped miners in China
AR

Forum: Australasia   Posted: 25/01/2021 10:37:13   Subject: Trapped miners in China
Unfortunately, they didn't make it - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-55793578 :(
Topic: Hollandtwine History
AR

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 22/01/2021 10:57:26   Subject: Hollandtwine History
Just watched the super 8 footage, I don't think we'd clear the ground around an open shaft top for recapping these days without everyone being clipped on to a safety line!:o
Topic: Hollandtwine History
AR

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 21/01/2021 16:31:30   Subject: Hollandtwine History
I've heard tales of the Eldon PC mounting nocturnal "collecting" trips into Sallet Hole Mine many years ago in order to get hold of Dr. Nobel's instant excavator for their digs! Probably in the days b
Topic: Trapped miners in China
AR

Forum: Australasia   Posted: 18/01/2021 09:16:08   Subject: Trapped miners in China
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-55700021
Topic: Minerals of the English Midlands - damaged book offer
AR

Forum: For Sale! (and wanted / for swap)   Posted: 13/01/2021 20:58:36   Subject: Minerals of the English Midlands - damaged book offer
Good call, it's an excellent book and a total bargain at the price Mike's asking!:thumbsup:
Topic: Oxygen levels
AR

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/01/2021 09:10:46   Subject: Oxygen levels
I believe that decaying organic matter releases carbon dioxide as part of the breakdown process, so rotting timberwork may be responsible?
Topic: Wapping Entrance
AR

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 05/01/2021 10:21:12   Subject: Wapping Entrance
They were a loose collection of bikers, drop-outs and suchlike who took over the former show-cave of Cumberland Cavern (the upper part of the Wapping system) in the late 1960s, and used it as a party
Topic: Wapping Entrance
AR

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 05/01/2021 09:28:09   Subject: Wapping Entrance
I understand that there are some other members of the Troggs still around, it would be good to try and get some oral history recorded off them if they could be tracked down - I think Nigel Atkins has
Topic: Dennis Bagshaw
AR

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 02/01/2021 22:10:13   Subject: Dennis Bagshaw
Just been looking in Doug Nash's notes for something else and found a section specifically on this; he mentions that there's a copy of the photo in Eyam Museum's collection, but also, a copy of a cont
Topic: pit deputies
AR

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 25/12/2020 21:00:24   Subject: pit deputies
There's an old Durham miner's song "Jowl, jowl and listen" about testing the stability of your working area by tapping with the pick handle and listening to the sound it made - the chorus of this song
Topic: Merry Christmas 2020
AR

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 24/12/2020 20:58:24   Subject: Merry Christmas 2020
Merry Christmas all - went down Hillocks earlier (first time underground since September), did t'owd man's candle, and drank a toast to the memories of Steve Thompson and Jim Rieuwerts.

Rol
Topic: Wapping Entrance
AR

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 24/12/2020 10:10:13   Subject: Wapping Entrance
There's a long tradition of dope smoking there...:lol:
Topic: Wapping Entrance
AR

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 20/12/2020 21:20:47   Subject: Wapping Entrance
I think a project that's been discussed this year needs bumping up the priority list Pete - I'll drop you and Nige an email...
Topic: Barneycraig and Scraithole
AR

Forum: North East England   Posted: 17/12/2020 17:23:28   Subject: Barneycraig and Scraithole
Pete, have you got in touch with John Piggott yet? I'm guessing there will be some relevant photos in HMP's archive.
Topic: Smallcleugh vandalism
AR

Forum: North East England   Posted: 11/12/2020 09:37:34   Subject: Smallcleugh vandalism
Solvent-based removal can be highly effective, though underground a chemical filter mask is essential and limiting the duration of cleaning sessions advisable.

See the details on p.7 of how
Topic: Dennis Bagshaw
AR

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 10/12/2020 16:35:46   Subject: Dennis Bagshaw
From recollection, the piece in the newsletter was prompted by PDMHS being gifted some contemporary material about the rescue by a resident of Foolow. I chatted to Steve Thompson about it at the time
Topic: Bonsall Moor cranes
AR

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 06/12/2020 21:09:01   Subject: Bonsall Moor cranes
They're at Whitelow Mine, and were used by Albert Rockarch (Deepwood Mining, IIRC) when sparring the hillocks. Jim Rieuwerts told me that he offered to sell them to PDMHS when work finished there but
Topic: Youtube Mining Videos
AR

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 27/11/2020 11:00:00   Subject: Youtube Mining Videos
How about "the Mine of Our Souls"...:devil:
Topic: Youtube Mining Videos
AR

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 24/11/2020 16:41:53   Subject: Youtube Mining Videos
[quote="sinker"][quote="Peter Burgess"]Maybe there is scope for someone with the various skills required, to make a series of EWF parody videos. I would definitely watch them![/quote]

Someo
Topic: 'Slants'
AR

Forum: Mining Heritage   Posted: 20/11/2020 20:44:30   Subject: 'Slants'
Are the beds rising or dipping at that location Phil? That would make sense of the name for a level following the ganister seam up or down-dip.
Topic: Gas Monitors
AR

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 12/11/2020 17:18:32   Subject: Gas Monitors
You could look out for a second-hand Altair on Ebay with charger, they sometimes come up being sold as untested or not working, probably because the oxygen sensor has expired. Replacement sensors aren
Topic: Vent shaft stacks
AR

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/11/2020 09:24:26   Subject: Vent shaft stacks
There's record of constructions known as "horseheads" on the top of ventilation shafts in the Peak District, being basically a funnel that could be moved round to catch the prevailing wind and direct
Topic: Jim Rieuwerts
AR

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 05/11/2020 15:17:17   Subject: Jim Rieuwerts
Just heard from pwhole that Jim Rieuwerts died this morning; mining history has lost another of its great figures. ;(
Topic: Disappearing Footpaths
AR

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/11/2020 16:13:09   Subject: Disappearing Footpaths
[quote="LeeW"]
I did see a route somewhere that on one side of the county boundary was a footpath and on the otherside it was a bridleway- North Pennines I think.
[/quote]

There's
Topic: Disappearing Footpaths
AR

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 02/11/2020 21:27:06   Subject: Disappearing Footpaths
[quote="TwllMawr"]
Perhaps they look at bridleways similarly. I'll ask. I've not heard of any shouting by any equine or mountain biking groups having a go.[/quote]

The British Horse S
Topic: Hanging Flat - any history?
AR

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 26/10/2020 09:20:31   Subject: Hanging Flat - any history?
My understanding is that it was being worked by parallel driveage, rather like Milldam and Sallet Hole though on a much smaller scale. I don't know how much they actually got out of there, Staffordshi
Topic: Most worrying place you've ever been in a mine...
AR

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 16/10/2020 21:24:21   Subject: Most worrying place you've ever been in a mine...
[quote="PeteJ"]

Was in a group which descended Moorfurlong Mine near Castleton. Shaft not very deep and a nice dry level with rails and a floor of deads. Small mine waggon parked on the ra
Topic: More Maps
AR

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 13/10/2020 20:48:34   Subject: More Maps
Just found this 18th century image of a Welsh mine, listed as near Pont Aberglaslyn - anyone got an idea as to which one?
https://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/onlineex/kinggeorge/s/largeimage81463.htm
Topic: More Maps
AR

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 13/10/2020 20:34:43   Subject: More Maps
Thanks for posting - within a few minutes of searching, I came across an 18th century plan of Peak Cavern (https://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/onlineex/kinggeorge/a/largeimage77994.html), so I wonder what
Topic: Oxygen levels
AR

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 01/10/2020 09:09:26   Subject: Oxygen levels
It's possible to have elevated CO2 levels in the open air - there have been still mornings when I've been tipping stable muck onto our (sizeable) heap and I've had breathing issues stood on top of it,
Topic: Shaft Exploring
AR

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 30/09/2020 21:17:38   Subject: Shaft Exploring
[quote="pwhole"]Surely the future of these things is nuclear? Drop a plug of plutonium in the back and it'll run for weeks ;)[/quote]

Voyager has run for decades on plutonium!
Topic: Shaft Exploring
AR

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 30/09/2020 08:56:39   Subject: Shaft Exploring
[quote="Down and beyond"]O yes my 33 year old Landrover would kick any horses arse 2.5na diesel all the way ! :o[/quote]

Has your landrover ever been on the receiving end of a horse kick?:
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
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