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Posts by JonK

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Topic: UNESCO World Heritage Site, Wales Slate Consultation
JonK

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/10/2019 21:45:26   Subject: UNESCO World Heritage Site, Wales Slate Consultation
Now back in the UK. Slightly strange being in Lima in Peru, where apparently they have had no rain for 21 years, to get a message that the high water level alarm has gone off at work in Blaenau!
Topic: UNESCO World Heritage Site, Wales Slate Consultation
JonK

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 26/09/2019 23:25:04   Subject: UNESCO World Heritage Site, Wales Slate Consultation
I am currently abroad and will get back on this in about a week.
Jon
Topic: Hafna mine - Bat castle
JonK

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 06/08/2019 18:05:41   Subject: Hafna mine - Bat castle
Do you mean the compressed air shaft? I did not cut the bar but I have been down it. A long and lonely descent using most of a 50m rope which did not give access to anything else.
Topic: Moel Meirch
JonK

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 12/07/2019 07:56:09   Subject: Moel Meirch
Robin

The 6 inch maps shows the woods below as "Hone Quarry Wood" which might give a clue. Having been up Moel Meirch from the Nant Gwynant side in wet summer weather I remember getting soa
Topic: Llanberis Copper Mine (photo)
JonK

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 08/07/2019 21:30:40   Subject: Llanberis Copper Mine (photo)
Dan
Being frank this is a mine I will not be rushing back to.
Jon
Topic: Moel Fferna floor heights
JonK

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 08/06/2019 13:52:35   Subject: Moel Fferna floor heights
Floor 1 only floods in wet weather, it all depends on the amount of rain which has fallen. In dry weather it is OK.
Topic: Llanberis Copper Mine (photo)
JonK

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 29/05/2019 08:50:55   Subject: Llanberis Copper Mine (photo)
Hold on when you do since its not the best of edges!
Topic: Llanberis Copper Mine (photo)
JonK

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 28/05/2019 17:58:11   Subject: Llanberis Copper Mine (photo)
Yes it is at the end of the open working with the obvious copper staining. It's about 300', I can dig out the rope lengths if needed.
Topic: Maenofferen
JonK

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 26/05/2019 21:04:47   Subject: Maenofferen
Hi

Not quite sure where you are referring to but no lighting has been installed for the tours.

Regards

Jon
Topic: Shot-Saw (Penarth)
JonK

Forum: Mining Methods & Techniques   Posted: 24/04/2019 15:07:50   Subject: Shot-Saw (Penarth)
Sorry for the delay. I have uploaded the report from 1992.
Topic: Shot-Saw (Penarth)
JonK

Forum: Mining Methods & Techniques   Posted: 17/04/2019 21:06:46   Subject: Shot-Saw (Penarth)
I can add some more information on this following our survey in 1992. The saw was manufactured by Rushowrth of Colne who incidentally also manufactured the "Red Crane" at Aberllefeni, and was installe
Topic: Maenofferen
JonK

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 17/04/2019 20:57:45   Subject: Maenofferen
I have had look back into this with regard to what is in Gwynedd Archives. The spelling Maenofferen, in connection with the quarry, seems to start in the 1860's. Prior to this it was Maenyfferam. Howe
Topic: Maenofferen
JonK

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 15/04/2019 08:10:26   Subject: Maenofferen
Gents

I question a lot of this. Surely Maenofferen is a mutation of Maen-y-fferam, this is what is on the early documents. Others more knowledgeable than I in Welsh say this is "stone of th
Topic: Maenofferen
JonK

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 12/04/2019 12:37:11   Subject: Maenofferen
Hi
The work undertaken is just to prevent further detioration.
Topic: Maenofferen
JonK

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 06/04/2019 21:15:29   Subject: Maenofferen
It's consolidation work by CADW .
Topic: Nyth Y Gigfran - what’s going on?
JonK

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 06/04/2019 15:28:53   Subject: Nyth Y Gigfran - what’s going on?
You can contour round from Cwmorthin.
Topic: Underground working around Nantlle
JonK

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 02/04/2019 21:30:41   Subject: Underground working around Nantlle
More efficient that I thought. Pen-y-bryn report was uploaded in 2010.
Topic: Underground working around Nantlle
JonK

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 02/04/2019 21:28:20   Subject: Underground working around Nantlle
Simon

Yes this is the shaft that tried to kill me. In 1997 or 98 I abseiled down only to enter CO2 or an area low in oxygen near the bottom. A quick change over and prussicking up about 5m
Topic: Wandering Twins
JonK

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 26/03/2019 09:32:49   Subject: Wandering Twins
Graham

This is an issue I have been working on for some time. The locomotives are in very poor condition and continued external storage storage at Floor 7 was not going to improve things. A
Topic: It's Hello from me!
JonK

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 18/01/2019 21:46:18   Subject: It's Hello from me!
At least you make my spelling look good.

The J.W.Greaves Exploration Team . . .
Topic: Caban- Oakeley and Votty magazine
JonK

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 10/01/2019 20:24:46   Subject: Caban- Oakeley and Votty magazine
Being fair John Ashby did all the scanning when he was between jobs.

I was told that a set of the magazines was for sale and I made contact with the seller and agreed a fair price. After I
Topic: Caban- Oakeley and Votty magazine
JonK

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 09/01/2019 12:39:36   Subject: Caban- Oakeley and Votty magazine
If anybody ever finds any further issues from the ones we scanned I would like to hear from them.

Jon
Topic: Cornish Gold Centre and Tolgus Tin
JonK

Forum: South West England   Posted: 22/12/2018 21:41:27   Subject: Cornish Gold Centre and Tolgus Tin
Surely emmets not grockels since this is wrong side of the Tamar.
Topic: Bryneglwys
JonK

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 22/12/2018 21:37:18   Subject: Bryneglwys
Chris

Much as I would like to correct you, you are right.

Jon
Topic: Rhiwbach
JonK

Forum: For Sale! (and wanted / for swap)   Posted: 22/12/2018 16:55:01   Subject: Rhiwbach
For those that want this book I think they still have a couple of copies for sale at Plas Tan-y-bwlch.
Topic: Abercorris Quarry
JonK

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 17/12/2018 17:47:30   Subject: Abercorris Quarry
Hi

I have never seen plans of either.

Cheers

Jon
Topic: Western Cyffty via Parc. Anyone been lately?
JonK

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 17/10/2018 22:25:40   Subject: Western Cyffty via Parc. Anyone been lately?
Can I correct this slightly. The latest legislation has brought the minimum volume of reservoirs that full under the act down to 10,000 cubic metres bringing a number of old reservoirs within the scop
Topic: Quarry for sale....
JonK

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 06/10/2018 14:33:14   Subject: Quarry for sale....
There is no apparent road access!
Topic: old hawn stone quarry - writing slates
JonK

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 10/09/2018 21:21:42   Subject: old hawn stone quarry - writing slates
There is another Hone Quarry on Moel Siabod at SH722540 which is worth a visit.

Incidentally, you can still buy Hone Stones from Inigo Jones at Groeslon under the "Dragons Tonque" brand - e
Topic: Cambrian vein underground.
JonK

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 26/06/2018 20:07:02   Subject: Cambrian vein underground.
There are no underground workings but there are extensive drainage systems, particularly at Pen-yr-orsedd. There was a 160 foot water balance shaft there to but this was subsequently lost under tippin
Topic: Peter Hay RIP
JonK

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/06/2018 14:07:56   Subject: Peter Hay RIP
Members from the south-east and those with an interest in Mid and North Wales will be saddened to know that Peter Hay died at the age of 85 on the 7th June.

I first met Peter in the late 19
Topic: Cambrian Mines Trust
JonK

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 30/03/2018 21:59:06   Subject: Cambrian Mines Trust
Roy

I always thought that you had a missed a career in the media. Admittedly radio rather than TV . . .

Cheers

Jon
Topic: Rhosydd slate quarry research
JonK

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 26/03/2018 19:52:44   Subject: Rhosydd slate quarry research
Anna

A chap called Chris Lester was on that course. He remembers the D.G.Morgan but didn't know him well. All he could add was that he was an experienced hydraulics Engineer.

Jon
Topic: Rhosydd slate quarry research
JonK

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 14/03/2018 18:29:49   Subject: Rhosydd slate quarry research
Anna

A D.G.Morgan is listed as one of the participants of the Industrial Archaeology Group, still continuing at Plas Tan-y-bwlch, which did the site work for Lewis and Denton's Rhosydd Slat
Topic: Lliwedd Copper Mine
JonK

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 16/02/2018 18:58:31   Subject: Lliwedd Copper Mine
Dan

We put all the bolts in a couple of years ago. All are 10 mm. You will need a fair bit of tackle to see it all. Avoid in heavy rain unless you like prussicking up a waterfall. We came o
Topic: New chap
JonK

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 27/12/2017 20:22:49   Subject: New chap
About time you joined Pred!
Topic: Super torches, whats out there?
JonK

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 29/11/2017 21:06:41   Subject: Super torches, whats out there?
Hi

I had an earlier Tiny Monster and found the light very yellow in the centre of the beam and sold it on to somebody who just needed an exploration light. If it had been consistent it woul
Topic: Croesor Rhosydd damaged aids
JonK

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 28/11/2017 21:53:18   Subject: Croesor Rhosydd damaged aids
The short access level is collapsed out-bye but you can get into it from the shaft for a short distance. It is not a level in solid rock but a slate culvert through tip and is at the point where the s
Topic: Croesor Rhosydd damaged aids
JonK

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 26/11/2017 21:45:12   Subject: Croesor Rhosydd damaged aids
My article summarising all the CAT trips is in the "The Mine Explorer" Volume 5 pages 43 - 56. These are still available from CAT for £4.
http://www.catmhs.org.uk/on-line-shop-2/

Miles
Topic: Llechwedd Slate Mine Chronology
JonK

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 13/11/2017 08:47:26   Subject: Llechwedd Slate Mine Chronology
Graham

Well done, will let you have my full comments in due course but unfortunately it is already out of date since on Monday 6th November 2017 we removed the underground manrider for refu
Topic: RCAHMW Archive & Library Bulletin of Newly Catalogued Material
JonK

Forum: Mid Wales   Posted: 31/10/2017 20:51:44   Subject: RCAHMW Archive & Library Bulletin of Newly Catalogued Material
Thanks but those are not the Colin Guile images they are from Christopher Williams.
Topic: RCAHMW Archive & Library Bulletin of Newly Catalogued Material
JonK

Forum: Mid Wales   Posted: 31/10/2017 17:52:29   Subject: RCAHMW Archive & Library Bulletin of Newly Catalogued Material
Dave

Thanks very interesting but did you actually get to the photographs themselves or just a list of them? I can't seem to get to the actual images and they are listed as slides which prob
Topic: Gwendreath Colliery Disaster
JonK

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 01/10/2017 09:01:32   Subject: Gwendreath Colliery Disaster
Thanks but I am after a photo good enough to publish.
Topic: Gwendreath Colliery Disaster
JonK

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 28/09/2017 21:57:58   Subject: Gwendreath Colliery Disaster
Sorry should have said, absolutely no rush. Sometime in the next 12 months is fine.
Topic: Gwendreath Colliery Disaster
JonK

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 28/09/2017 21:52:25   Subject: Gwendreath Colliery Disaster
Hi

Does anybody live near the memorial to the above in Pontybream? If so any chance you could take me a couple of decent sharp photos of the two slate plaques which are there. They are mad
Topic: National Library of Scotland 25 Inch maps
JonK

Forum: Mining Heritage   Posted: 07/09/2017 12:17:49   Subject: National Library of Scotland 25 Inch maps
Its worth remembering that a lot of entirely upland area was never surveyed at 25 inch, indexes are available showing what was done at this level.
Topic: Box Freestone Quarry Limestone Mine (mine)
JonK

Forum: South West England   Posted: 15/08/2017 10:12:43   Subject: Box Freestone Quarry Limestone Mine (mine)
I don't think it has been discussed and despite some of the comments above, which miss the point, this is a significant loss. The issue reported in the NMRS NL is that a group was unable to exit due t
Topic: Drws-y-Coed Copper Mine
JonK

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 28/07/2017 15:48:18   Subject: Drws-y-Coed Copper Mine
Went in at least one adit there about 25 years ago. Found a bat but not much more.
Topic: Dangerman Job
JonK

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/07/2017 20:25:48   Subject: Dangerman Job
Shamless Advert!

Are you looking for Summer Work?

Llechwedd Slate Caverns are looking for a Dangerman to support the Llechwedd Deep Mine tour.

If you have no fear of h
Topic: The Fellows Ladder
JonK

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/07/2017 09:25:01   Subject: The Fellows Ladder
Looks very good Roy.
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