In message <[log in to unmask]>, Rick Stewart
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>Whilst delving into the recent history of Devon Great Consols I came
>across one Ernest Gregory. To say the least Mr Gregory appears to have
>been a colourful character, at least if Tamar valley folklore is to be
>believed. As I understand it he was prospecting at DGC in the late 1940s,
>dissapeared into darkest Africa, returned during the mid 1960s when he
>started a precipitation works at DGC and, latterly, was reworking the
>dumps. Local legend alledges that he ended up having a sex change. I have
>also heard that he was working fluorspar in the Dales/Northern Pennines.
>Someone once mentioned to me that an article had been written about his
>activities and that the NMRS might hold a copy(????).
>Can anyone add to this or fill in the gaps?
A quick trawl through my index shows
BM 33 p20 Held leases at Cononley and Grassington Moor during WW11
BM 46 p137 Ernest Gregory was a mining engineer who had worked in
West Africa and at Driggith, in Cumbria, where he mined Barytes. He was
a colourful character, with a passion for large, American cars. Gregory
took the lease in 1955 and moved to live at Yarnbury House. He had a
Foden truck for delivering barytes which, along with drinking, he spent
much of his time doing. Gregory's business suffered in consequence,
therefore, and he entered into a deal with Fred A. Smith, an Otley man.
This effectively gave the latter control of Gregory's operations at
Cononley, Yarnbury and Mary Tavy. Gregory also used to recover
precipitated copper from the mineralised solutions running from Devon
Great Consols in a half-hearted sort of way.
BM 72 p128 Worked Cononley in 1948
BM 72 p182 Worked Grassington Moor in 1955