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Wick Ochre Mine and Works, south Gloucestershire.

Mike Breakspear (MBreakspear@compuserve.com) seeks information on the mine as follows -

I am researching Wick Ochre Mine and processing works that were working in South Gloucestershire at Grid Ref ST 705732 from about 1890 to 1960. Apart from The Quarry magazine No 7 1902 I can find little to go on.

The name of the company was 'The Golden Valley Ochre and Oxide Company' managed in 1902 by Dr. Chas. Beavis F.I.C

If anyone has any information on this or any ochre processing I should be very grateful.

Mike Breakspear

Replies please direct to Mike or to me (Peter Claughton) - address at top of the page.


Ashgillhead Mine, co. Durham

John Gibson (jgibson.dfee.mf@gtnet.gov.uk) is looking for any information on the Ashgillhead Mine, situated either side of the road between Middleton-in-Teesdale and Alston, but nearer the latter.

"I've driven past this mine many times over the last twenty years on trips to Nenthead, but never read more than a mention of its name. Any info. is welcome: history, geology, surface and underground surveys, photo's, etc."

Reply to John Gibson - address above - or through me, Peter Claughton.


Ramsley and Ford Mines, northern Dartmoor, Devon.

I am studying for an Msc, currently I'm working on my thesis, which is looking at soils around the South Zeal area. I am particularly interested in the Ramsley and Ford mines in the area, OS grid refs SX 6510 9303 and SX 6429 9352 respectively. I was interested if you or anyone had sources of information on these mines and if you could post my query on your website.

So far I have consulted:

Particularly I am interested to know if either had a smelter on site.

Reply to "Doyle, Ian K" <ian.doyle@ic.ac.uk>


Fforchaman Mine

John Mayers <gillandjohn@lineone.net> writes -

I have recently inherited a beautiful late 19th century mine managerís lamp made by E Thomas and Williams of Aberdare. By the inscriptions on the lamp I have been able to identify its owner, Thomas Luther Davies (Peak District Mines Historical Society Webpage), who was probably manager from 1893-1908 and the mine - Fforchaman, near Aberdare. I am now researching into the family history of Mr Davies, Fforchaman Mine and mining history generally in this part of South Wales during this very interesting period. Among the publication consulted are those by the Cynon Valley History Society (excellent), those in the Ivor Parry collection and the Aberdare Times in Aberdare Library.

By any chance has anyone background or anecdotal information on Fforchaman Mine or Thomas Luther Davies?


Clashgour Mine

'I look after a hut at Clashgour, near Bridge of Orchy in the Highlands for the Glasgow University Mountaineering Club. I have heard of rumours of an old Copper mine in the hill behind the hut but have not been able to track down any information about it. I saw on the British Mines index on your web site that there is a Clashgour Mine mentioned. I was wondering if you might know where I could find information on the mine, or if you could place this on the notice board on your web site.'

Many thanks,

Joe Glennie
josgle@chem.gla.ac.uk


Mining in Bolivia and Sardinia

Margie Peters-Fawcett
Washington DC

I am seeking information on mining in the following countries:

1. Bolivia: Mines of San Jose and Potosi during the last years of the 1800s and the first 10 years of the 1900s. Information sought are the names of the mining companies and their histories and shareholders.

2. Sardinia: French mining companies in Caglieri, Sardinia, as well as other areas of Sardinia, during the last decade of the 1800s.

Please send information to Margie at faw98@yahoo.com


Huskar Pit Disaster, Silkstone, Yorkshire, July 1838.

Alan Gallop
Ashford, Middlesex.

I am currently researching the above disaster for a new book to be published in March 2003 by Sutton Publishing and would appreciate information anyone may have about the incident, which resulted in the deaths of 26 children age 7-15 years old employed as Hurriers and Trappers. The pit was attached to the Moorend Colliery, one of the area's most productive mines and the children were killed when a violent storm caused a stream to overflow into the drift causing the water to rise against the air door and drowning the children. I have newspaper reports from the time, which prompted the Victorian politician and social reformer, Lord Ashley, to call for a government commission looking into the working conditions of children and women in the mines. It caused an outrage when it was published in 1842 and eventually resulted on a major overhaul of Britian's labour laws in coal mines. Does anyone out there have items of social history which tie in with this tragic incident and period of Yorkshire's history?

I am particularly keen to obtain copies of two books - The Clarkes of Silkstone and their Colliers by Robert A. Roberts and The History of Silkstone Coal and Coal Pits by G. H. Teasdale.

Information can be sent to me as follows: Alan Gallop, "Melody House," 22 Ashford Crescent, Ashford, Middlesex, TW15 3ED. Telephone: 01784 246821. Or email: alangallop@compuserve.com. THANK YOU. Alan Gallop


Balmaidens in Cornwall and West Devon

I am currently researching above and am aware that many references are scattered, therefore would be grateful for any odd items of information. Particular interest in movement of Cornish diaspora within UK and Cornish women and girls working at mines outside of Cornwall.

Please contact Lynne at lynnemayers@hotmail.com

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