Hi, a friend is trying to find out whether the term Gamboreen, Gamborine or
just Gam is used in mining areas other than the Forest of Dean (where it
appears in some coroners reports as contributing to a miner's death). Does
anyone know of other use of this term or places other than the forest of
He has put what he believes it is on the aditnow website:
"Used to describe a wooden beam attached to a shaft winding rope. From it
descended 4 chains which were attached to the pit cage or sometimes directly
to the 4 corners of a pit cart. Gamboreen described the whole attachment
system. Used in the Forest of Dean."
and another definition is:
"Gamboreen, Gamborine or 'Gam':- The shackling arrangement that secured a
cart or cage to the winding rope in the mine shaft. Although it is not
certain, it is believed that a gamboreen was the timber beam shown attached
to the wire guide ropes"
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