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Wheal Harriett or Dolcoath
Posted: 25/10/2012 17:18:16
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agricola wrote:

We getting there ..... be mining dreckly !


Heard that one already.
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Posted: 25/10/2012 17:24:41
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There is a 4ft thick seam of dreckly stretching from the surface to the 400F level, valued at £40,000,000 Laugh IP: 92.29.168.242
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Posted: 25/10/2012 17:30:47
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stuey wrote:

There is a 4ft thick seam of dreckly stretching from the surface to the 400F level, valued at £40,000,000 Laugh


You've just given away their big secret.
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Posted: 25/10/2012 19:25:34
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There is a 4ft thick seam of dreckly stretching from the surface to the 400F level, valued at £40,000,000 Laugh


I thought it was £1.75Bn. Anyway we can't mine the "dreckly" at present so we're leaving it till later !

Anyway all this talk of crofty is Off Topic

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Posted: 25/10/2012 22:44:59
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agricola wrote:

stuey wrote:

There is a 4ft thick seam of dreckly stretching from the surface to the 400F level, valued at £40,000,000 Laugh


I thought it was £1.75Bn. Anyway we can't mine the "dreckly" at present so we're leaving it till later !

Anyway all this talk of crofty is Off Topic


Good news is Dreckly is so pure it doesn't need a mill.
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Posted: 25/10/2012 23:01:39
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Let's cut them some slack. They are carrying the cornish flag and bearing the whole of our pride and heritage on their shoulders.

No wonder they are so bloody slow!

Despite this, we should wish them the very best, as I do.
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Posted: 25/10/2012 23:33:47
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The old B&W images shown on the BBC can be found here

http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/Search/Search.aspx?contractUrl=2&language=en-GB&family=editorial&assetType=image&mt=photography&p=cornish+mining#

The one with the guy in the adit and the shed on top looks to me like the Dolcoath deep portal at Roscroggan.

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Posted: 26/10/2012 20:24:50
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Hi to all

Another interesting week down in Dolcoath. We poured the first plug which after only 2 days has reached an excellent strength.

We have continued excavating along the feature exposing a decent hanging wall to the road side but extremely loose fill within and towards garden/footway shaft cap.

Next phase will be to shutter and pour the section exposed with another estimated 30m3. We will also fill and compact on the completed plug allowing us to re-establish our equipment as we are running out of space!

We will be making further assessment during the next phase to ascertain if further works will be required albeit at this present time in my opinion i feel that if ground conditions improve as the site evidence suggests we will be able to stabilise the area with a geogrid membrane system and establish a monitoring system which will allow periodic surveying of any further movement.

Research into the depression within the opposite field and the forums input suggests settlement of poor fill material although likely a small slot trench will be carried out to make certain the risk to the public (and my dog!) are mitigated.

Slightly Off Topic but any info on the following would be much appreciated! I am looking to find out as much info and hopefully some pics of Great Wheal Seton as i have a very close connection with the area but can find little about the history!

Thanks and regards
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Posted: 26/10/2012 21:50:11
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Any good bookshop will have TA Morrisons "Cornwall's central mines". Either North vol or South Vol.

They are probably the definitive text on all of this area, apart from Harris' dolcoath.
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Posted: 30/10/2012 19:51:52
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Just had a look with my telescopic camera,looks like Gus has left his shopping behind!? Lots of giant bags on Dunkins Garden shaft, I think they were placed to contain the concrete.
The local nutter appeared again, he told me they were reclaiming the pillars & bagging the ore ready for processing at South Crofty's new mill Shocked
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Posted: 30/10/2012 20:15:51
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Went and had a look over the fence the other day whilst work was underway. They have dug a bloody big hole. Since we didn't have high viz, we decided not to pop in for a chat.

At that depth, they must have more to add to this debate.

The JCB was at the depth of the original hole.
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Posted: 30/10/2012 20:44:08
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Could have borrowed my Hi-vis and bump hat - always kept in cupboard!

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Posted: 01/11/2012 12:43:59
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Speaking of Hi Vis, had to slow down yesterday to let a small contingent of gents in hi vis wear cross the road (c.4pm) after presumably looking at the depression - was tempted to get out for a chat, but someone behind me!

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Posted: 01/11/2012 16:30:21
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We had a look at the depression, but were in jeans and wax jackets. IP: 94.197.246.161
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Posted: 01/11/2012 21:54:55
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The Cat, not the black or ginger, the one with tracks has gone deeper again. It's a good thing old miners didn't have one!

Haven't seen any update about current and future site operations?

The local nutter tells me it's going to be the swimming pool for the new leisure centre, but it was ok because he thought that Gus was marsh rabbit and enjoyed swimming Big Grin
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Posted: 03/11/2012 19:24:50
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quite Off Topic but anyone spot the prospecting rig in the field opposite KEM today? dont think its an exhibit! IP: 90.220.95.76
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Posted: 03/11/2012 20:09:09
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think you will find thats crofty!
they had a look up there in the 60s have the bill for the work done on fortcuses shaft

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Posted: 03/11/2012 23:01:21
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Foracy had a crack at Fortescue's 40 ish years ago, but I think the water was too much of a factor.

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Posted: 03/11/2012 23:17:54
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It's all very flooded now, isn't it? IP: 87.114.178.236
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Posted: 04/11/2012 19:06:17
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Roy Morton wrote:

Foracy had a crack at Fortescue's 40 ish years ago, but I think the water was too much of a factor.


I worked for Foraky in '80 to '83 and their Master Sinker was still there - Jim Murdoch, plus various miners who had worked on their contract works for Crofty and others in the 60s and early 70s. They had pretty much abandoned the effort to do major mining works by the mid 70s, I don't remember them being there when I was at CSM - Cementation and Thyssen seemed to have it all by then.

Fortescue's Shaft was pumped into tankers during the 1976 drought.


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