Ivor Brown in the Forest Glen (Blists Hill) talking to retired miners commemorating 30 years since the closure of Granville Colliery.
The Friends of The Ironbridge Gorge Museums and the Shropshire Caving & Mining Club are holding a day of talks and films in memory of Dr Ivor Brown, Saturday 27th October 2018 in the Glass Classroom, Ironbridge Gorge Museum Offices, Coalbrookdale.
Ivor Brown was a leading light in many local history organisations and was well known for his talks and the visits that he organised to many fascinating locations. As a way of commemorating his life speakers from several organisations that he was involved with will be contributing to the day.
If you wish to attend, the booking form, with payment details, can be downloaded here. Cost is £10, with sandwich buffet, or £5 without the buffet.
Ivor talking about the site of Barnyard Colliery during his walk around around Granville Country Park, Telford, Shropshire.
On the Saturday evening the Shropshire Caving & Mining Club will be holding their annual dinner (venue to be confirmed, cost approx. £25) with guest speaker Nigel Dibben on the Alderley Edge Mines
Two guided walks will be offered on Sunday 28th October of about 2 hours in length (details to be confirmed later), places are limited so please indicate on the booking form if you are interested in taking part.
On the 27th March the Stiperstones & Corndon Landscape Partnership erected a ropeway trestle at the Bog Visitor centre (Stiperstones Shropshire SY5 0NG). The trestle designed by "Ropeways Limited" stands on the line of Bog's aerial ropeway, it is similar to steel trestles used on the ropeway and has been placed there as a memorial to all those who worked at the mine.
On Friday 19th January several club members visited Talybont (Alltycrib) mine. All initially descended the so-called Air Shaft into the main workings.
Andy Wood was the first to descend the second pitch using the in-situ rope, but found that it was two ropes knotted together and slightly awkward to pass, then the top ladder collapsed below him*.
After the two rope pitches there are a series of short fixed ladders to descend – this brings you to a cross-cut that if followed comes to the main adit level. Inbye there are several mining artefacts to view.
* The top ladder is not really part of the descent system and was probably an older ladder removed from below and just left on the pitch for convenience! Part of one leg had rotted and it collapsed when Andy stepped on it. The ladder was reversed so that the broken section is now near the top.
Deviations were placed near the top, and lower down the second pitch – a single 45m rope will cover both rope pitches and use of the deviations removes any rub points. There are now two 10mm bolts near the rebelay location but they require hangers to use (one of these bolts was added during the trip – another bolt was placed lower down for the second deviation).
Subsequently a visit was made to Wilkinson’s Level which was more extensive than remembered or expected. The pitch beyond the oil drum was not descended. A report was made to the Bat group that a greater horseshoe bat was seen in Wilkinson’s Level.
Report by: Steve Holding
At the beginning of the year BBC Shropshire announced that a shaft had opened up and the Council had been forced to fence it. However, that was not quite right.
The shaft concerned was the run-in Shaft No.14 of the Madeley Court Colliery. It hadn’t actually changed, but it once had a metal and chain link fence around it, over the years this has become overgrown and trees have collapsed onto it.
Telford and Wrekin Council have installed a new wooden fence around the 'hole' with warning signs.
The remains of the old fence are visible a few metres inside the new one.
The Grade II listed Fletcher Methodist Church in Court Street, Madeley along with the Church Hall at the rear, has been empty and unused for a over a year with no sign of a purchaser coming forward.
Over the night of 4th/5th January 2018, vandals broke in smashing windows and damaging the interior, although Police don’t believe that anything was stolen. Following the break-in all the windows and doors have been boarded up.
The Chapel, built in 1841, was popular with local miners and became known as “the Miners Chapel”. Ivor Brown organised a couple of mining memorial events there in recent years.
28th July - 4th August: NSS Convention, Helena, Montana.
23rd-26th August: 12th EuroSpeleo Forum, Ebensee, Austria.
26th-27th August: Shrewsbury Steam Rally, Onslow Park, Shrewsbury. The Shropshire Mines Trust will have their marquee and rock crushing display, plus the Club will have a stand in the marquee. Set-up day for the display is Saturday 25th.
15th September, 10:30am to 3:30pm: Wrekin Local Studies Forum "Telford 50" event at The Place, Oakengates, Telford. A local history event to be held as part of the 50th Anniversary of Telford celebrations. More details at www.wlsf.org.uk.
21st-23rd September 2018: Hidden Earth, National Caving Conference at Churchill Academy, Mendip. More details on their web: hidden-earth.org.uk
27th October: Ivor Brown Memorial Day, Glass Classroom, Coalbrookdale. In association with the Friends of the IGMT.
27th October: SCMC Annual Dinner
28th October: Guided Walks - part of the Ivor Brown Memorial Event.
4th-8th July, 2019: NAMHO 2019 Conference, to be hosted by Roy Fellows at Llanafan (between Tregaron and Aberystwyth), Ceredigion, in Wales.
Bog Ropeway Trestle, 2018
40 Yard Truck, 2015
Black Tom Jigs, 2013
Snailbeach 112 yard trip, 2011
Miners Reunion, - 2009 events
NAMHO 2009 - a brief report
Crushing Blow!, Criggion Quarry
Collapse in Level Fawr, Cwmystwyth
Nine Madeley Men - re-dedication