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Topic: Proposal to revive Cumbrian coal mining
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 07/11/2019 15:05:01   Subject: Proposal to revive Cumbrian coal mining
Hi Peter, there are as you correctly stated many ways to produce steel, unfortunately at the present time there is only one way to produce steel, economically actually iron, from its ore is using a b
Topic: Brownley Hill Mine, Nenthead
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 04/11/2019 20:50:19   Subject: Brownley Hill Mine, Nenthead
[quote="PeteJ"]Thanks John.

I am also searching for mine company plans. We know about the three VMZ plans (1896, Ore reserves and abandonment), and there is KC Dunham's section of the mai
Topic: Brownley Hill Mine, Nenthead
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 01/11/2019 20:35:53   Subject: Brownley Hill Mine, Nenthead
Hi Peter, as far as I am aware, West Cumberland mines Research Group, did not actually do any surveying!
Mostly they used the V.M. Map and made it up from there!
Naturally they achieved a lo
Topic: Construction Phase of 'Woodsmith Mine' Launched by Sirius Minerals
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 23/09/2019 20:13:55   Subject: Construction Phase of 'Woodsmith Mine' Launched by Sirius Minerals
One can only reiterate the old phase do not put all your eggs in one basket!
Topic: Construction Phase of 'Woodsmith Mine' Launched by Sirius Minerals
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 19/09/2019 19:17:58   Subject: Construction Phase of 'Woodsmith Mine' Launched by Sirius Minerals
[quote="rikj"]Can't believe how much some private investors have put in. No better time to buy shares than now though.[/quote]
One can only hope that either the government underwrites part of the
Topic: Construction Phase of 'Woodsmith Mine' Launched by Sirius Minerals
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 19/09/2019 19:17:57   Subject: Construction Phase of 'Woodsmith Mine' Launched by Sirius Minerals
[quote="rikj"]Can't believe how much some private investors have put in. No better time to buy shares than now though.[/quote]
One can only hope that either the government underwrites part of the
Topic: Review Of NAMHO’s meet 2019 by Roy Fellows
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 05/09/2019 19:46:46   Subject: Review Of NAMHO’s meet 2019 by Roy Fellows
Hi Roy,
I read your review of the work carried out by yourself and your group on organising and reviewing of this event!
It was fascinating, and I can only hope that other organisers of thes
Topic: Coalcleugh level 1990s (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 04/09/2019 15:46:40   Subject: Coalcleugh level 1990s (photo)
This mine was known for bad air!
When it was worked, frequently, they used to create a fire in a waggon, send it into the level, then pull it back, to help the ventilation.
Eric Bowman who w
Topic: Coalcleugh level 1990s (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 31/08/2019 19:58:11   Subject: Coalcleugh level 1990s (photo)
Hi Roy, this is the photo I remember of this adit!
You used to be able to see it from the road, but having passed by many times recently you certainly can no longer see it, I have told the farmer
Topic: Sedling 1960 (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 30/08/2019 20:58:19   Subject: Sedling 1960 (photo)
Chris it looks like some type of sorting belt?
Certainly my late friend, Bill worked at Sedling just after he was demobbed. He told me some of the best days of his life was sorting out the vibran
Topic: Wanted - Mine Head gear Wheel (half)
John Lawson

Forum: For Sale! (and wanted / for swap)   Posted: 25/08/2019 21:44:21   Subject: Wanted - Mine Head gear Wheel (half)
Just a thought!
I would have a basis of its weight in scrap iron as the basic bottom price!
As it has been worked Inam suggesting 50% over its scrap value!
Topic: Nenthead Bad Air.
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 17/08/2019 23:04:25   Subject: Nenthead Bad Air.
[quote="TheCret!n"]Cheers Chris.

I’ll stick them on the list.
Planning on getting to each of these places to get a detector reading.

I know Rampgill Firestone all too well.
Topic: Miles of rare gold have been discovered
John Lawson

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 07/08/2019 21:54:38   Subject: Miles of rare gold have been discovered
Hi, as understand it Alba’s resource’s statement is of a preliminary nature!
They still have to get diamond core drilling these suggested ore bodies.
When they have carried out the drilling
Topic: Calamine Mining in the 16thC
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 30/07/2019 19:52:30   Subject: Calamine Mining in the 16thC
[quote="PeteJ"][quote="Hattlebags"]Can anyone here help me with local info on mining for Calamine (Zinc Ores) in the 16th / 17th Century. This was used to alloy with copper to make Brass. I believe th
Topic: Pike Law boulder lines Sept 2017 (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 16/07/2019 21:22:29   Subject: Pike Law boulder lines Sept 2017 (photo)
Hi Jim,
I note that a mistake crept into my posting, it should have read hand cobbed!
Also I am wondering if these hushes were reworked for ironstone?
There is an awful lot of it around
Topic: Pike Law boulder lines Sept 2017 (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 16/07/2019 19:50:40   Subject: Pike Law boulder lines Sept 2017 (photo)
Hi Jim,
I know this area pretty well and I think you are looking at conned down rejects from the hushing process,
As you are aware, hushing took place during a a set time period in the Eight
Topic: if you press this it makes a funny noise (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 15/06/2019 20:58:50   Subject: if you press this it makes a funny noise (photo)
hi, it is great to see this photo, win the competition!
Also thanks for making the pictures posting, of the colliery and the associated strike marches.
I would however make the point, that n
Topic: Video : Abandoned Mine Explore #27 : Finding Mineral Collectors & Descending To The Lake : Corkscrew Mine
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 15/06/2019 20:45:59   Subject: Video : Abandoned Mine Explore #27 : Finding Mineral Collectors & Descending To The Lake : Corkscrew Mine
Hi this mine is definitely Wetgrooves. I would hasten to add that in my humble opinion, over a 25 year period of knowing the mine, the way these two went down the incline was just a bit ‘hairy’. When
Topic: Hard Level (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 27/05/2019 21:32:49   Subject: Hard Level (photo)
Hi Jim,
I am afraid he was not related to the co-author of Raistricks classic book!
He was someone who was interested in Mining then moved on!
Unlike the rest of us!
Topic: Hard Level (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 27/05/2019 20:53:10   Subject: Hard Level (photo)
this is a HMP photograph.
The figure in the foreground is Peter Jennings.

Photograph:

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Topic: Scraithole portal (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 25/05/2019 21:07:41   Subject: Scraithole portal (photo)
hi Guys, just to inform you, on an old map which was given to me this Scraithole adit is called Toby level.
There used to be a higher adit which, when the recent mining operations took place serv
Topic: Possibly Barneycraig drainage level (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 18/05/2019 18:39:32   Subject: Possibly Barneycraig drainage level (photo)
Hi Jim,
This certainly is the level on the Scraithole side of the West Allen, slightly to the left of Toby level.
Had not realised that this took the overflow from Barneycraig level.
We
Topic: Glengowla Lead Mine Lead Mine (mine)
John Lawson

Forum: Mining Heritage   Posted: 13/05/2019 21:26:11   Subject: Glengowla Lead Mine Lead Mine (mine)
Hi, I did not include any grid references or Latitude/Longitude directions, simply because I did not know them!
It is situated in Galway, near the town of Oughterard
Coordinates 53 25’ 6” N
Topic: Glengowla Lead Mine Lead Mine (mine)
John Lawson

Forum: Mining Heritage   Posted: 13/05/2019 21:18:06   Subject: Glengowla Lead Mine Lead Mine (mine)
Hi, I did not include any grid references or Latitude/Longitude directions, simply because I did not know them!
It is situated in Galway, near the town of Oughterard
Coordinates 53 25’ 6” N
Topic: Sir Francis Level, query
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 05/05/2019 22:12:42   Subject: Sir Francis Level, query
Hi Mark, excellent work you did in Sir Francis.
Chris as you state, Mr Hardy’s plan is a little wishful, although all the evidence suggests that the bottom level was at least attempted, but clear
Topic: Sir Francis Level, query
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 30/04/2019 20:30:33   Subject: Sir Francis Level, query
Hi Peter and Chris,
Have looked st the Cave Science article by Peter Crabtree et al and I can state emphatically that there is no section of the sump shown there?
Interestingly he refers to
Topic: Hard Level Gill plant June 1977 photo
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 28/04/2019 21:31:59   Subject: Hard Level Gill plant June 1977 photo
Hi Les & Jim,
I can categorically tell you Harry knew the Hard Level Gill area very well!
Certainly as far as I know he never went into this mine although I know he went into the nearby Spen
Topic: Hard Level Gill plant June 1977 photo
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 27/04/2019 21:42:38   Subject: Hard Level Gill plant June 1977 photo
Hi Jim,
Your aquired photo has interested a lot of us!
Thinking back to Force Crag, the last company floated their zinc concentrate off the Barytes, feed stock.
It would be no doubt be
Topic: Caving Videos ?
John Lawson

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 25/04/2019 19:57:43   Subject: Caving Videos ?
I personally feel that posting videos is a good idea!
However, I think the experience would be more informative if there was linkage to either the abandonment plan or another well known workings
Topic: Hard Level Gill plant Oct 1988 (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 19/04/2019 21:18:38   Subject: Hard Level Gill plant Oct 1988 (photo)
Hi Jim, you will find full analyses of the dumps, initially in Dunham & Dines, Barium Minerals in England & Wales, p74, where you will see the highest fluorspar content is only 19% at Sir Franccis dum
Topic: Hard Level Gill plant Oct 1988 (photo)
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 18/04/2019 20:47:10   Subject: Hard Level Gill plant Oct 1988 (photo)
hi Jim,
I understood that the dressing plant in Hard Level Gill was designed to take Barytes, from these tips!
Not fluorspar, which in any case is pretty low I this orefield!
Regards, <
Topic: Construction Phase of 'Woodsmith Mine' Launched by Sirius Minerals
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 17/04/2019 20:52:24   Subject: Construction Phase of 'Woodsmith Mine' Launched by Sirius Minerals
This ‘apparent’ abandonment of the railway option, in my opinion is just a little shortsighted especially when you consider an enormous amount of Boulby’s production is moved by rail to Teesport!
Topic: Construction Phase of 'Woodsmith Mine' Launched by Sirius Minerals
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 15/04/2019 20:05:32   Subject: Construction Phase of 'Woodsmith Mine' Launched by Sirius Minerals
Recent thoughts I have seen suggest that this impressive drive could still be stopped due to lack of
cash!
As I have said earlier whilst it is a worthwhile project, cash demands are going to
Topic: Responsible Exploration / sensitive sites.
John Lawson

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 11/04/2019 20:56:46   Subject: Responsible Exploration / sensitive sites.
I think we all have to be extremely careful what we upload.
Information is everything!
Unfortunately there have always been people who are casually interested in going underground.
Howe
Topic: Sir Francis Level
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 28/03/2019 20:50:59   Subject: Sir Francis Level
In my opinion the landowner has a lot to loose and nothing to gain by allowing groups of people to carry out digging on their land.
If you look at it logically, if an accident occurs, then the la
Topic: Proposal to revive Cumbrian coal mining
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 20/03/2019 20:01:42   Subject: Proposal to revive Cumbrian coal mining
Apparently 500 jobs would be created, evidence suggests that the locals are looking on the project favourably.
Since 1500 have already made application for these posts!
Naturally the green l
Topic: Mandale Mine - Lathkill Dale
John Lawson

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 18/03/2019 21:36:29   Subject: Mandale Mine - Lathkill Dale
Hi Peter,
As you may know I started my Mine exploration in Derbyshire, hence I am a great believer in the area and the openness of access that used to be found across here.
I am a great admi
Topic: Beldi Hill Lead Mine (mine)
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 13/03/2019 19:54:13   Subject: Beldi Hill Lead Mine (mine)
Hi,
Regarding Landry level, it is pretty wet, when we went I. It was about waiste deep!
Goes pretty well straight until it hits the workings, which consists of a lavish stope and the passage
Topic: Beldy Level Garrigill
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 09/03/2019 21:07:19   Subject: Beldy Level Garrigill
Hi Jim, I am surprised that you gave away your copy of KCD. If you look at Moore’s Books I think you might be able to obtain another at a Modest cost?
Topic: New film of Brewery Shaft, Nenthead
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 09/03/2019 21:04:07   Subject: New film of Brewery Shaft, Nenthead
One of the best I have seen, on this topic.
A nice blend of historical and factual, information, and not too long!
I guess Mr. Jackson acted as advisor?
Topic: zinc mine
John Lawson

Forum: North East England   Posted: 08/03/2019 21:07:58   Subject: zinc mine
Hi Dean, as I understand it Minco’s original aim was to prove mineralisation in the Melmerby Scar Limestone, which is one of the thickest of the Carboniferous limestone series.
Unfortunately they
Topic: Beldy Level Garrigill
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 08/03/2019 17:35:59   Subject: Beldy Level Garrigill
Hi Peter,
I wondered what information you had in your Nenthead archive?
Thanks for posting it up, it would be nice if you are in a position to post up this picture?
Topic: Beldy Level Garrigill
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 08/03/2019 16:34:43   Subject: Beldy Level Garrigill
Hi Jim,
A little it more information on the level at Garrigill.
According to the large Greenwich Hospital estate, plan, part of which I have a copy of, my plan, 52c, the level is described
Topic: Beldy Level Garrigill
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 07/03/2019 19:08:10   Subject: Beldy Level Garrigill
Hi Jim, sorry not had time yet to look for the McNeil plan,
I only went into the bottom adit, on two separate occasions.
As a result of the work we did in there it was decided to dig out Whi
Topic: Beldy Level Garrigill
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 07/03/2019 19:08:07   Subject: Beldy Level Garrigill
Hi Jim, sorry not had time yet to look for the McNeil plan,
I only went into the bottom adit, on two separate occasions.
As a result of the work we did in there it was decided to dig out Whi
Topic: Beldy Level Garrigill
John Lawson

Forum: North West England   Posted: 06/03/2019 22:00:36   Subject: Beldy Level Garrigill
Hi Jim,
We carried out a lot of work in this low level! At the time the Johnstone’s were going to open a cafe and use the mine as a visitor attraction.
I think I have a plan of the mine, dra
Topic: Not a Plack the Richer - Argyll's Mining Story
John Lawson

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 04/03/2019 20:01:37   Subject: Not a Plack the Richer - Argyll's Mining Story
Hi Martin,
Thanks for flagging this book up.
I have just received a copy.
It is quite interesting and in part seems to home in on the Silica Mine at Lochaline.
Topic: "The Bargain men" Gunnerside
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 21/02/2019 20:36:15   Subject: The Bargain Men of Gunnerside
Hi Chris,
Maybe the average punter watching this film in the Seventies did not see the problems, but that is what ‘the expert ‘ was presumably paid money to avoid?
I am just an interested p
Topic: "The Bargain men" Gunnerside
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 21/02/2019 09:10:34   Subject: Barga Men of Gunnerside
Hi Chris,
Had notrealised that Bernard Jennings was the consultant to this particular film!
However that said it makes my comments even more pertinent!
As you are aware, on pages 196=19
Topic: "The Bargain men" Gunnerside
John Lawson

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/02/2019 20:50:27   Subject: Bargain Men of Gunnerside
Hi an interesting film, pity they ran pictures of mines which were North of England ones, but not of this area, as if they were!
I would have hoped that having featured on Sir George Denys, they
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