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Offline Cantclimbtom

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Unlawful entry into a graphite mine
« on: July 15, 2021, 08:17:53 pm »
Reading a humorous comment in another thread about Borrowdale graphite mine lead me down a rabbit hole of Googling and reading about "plumbago". One thing struck me was the1752 act about graphite, theft is a felony (at least until 1961 when the distinction between felony and misdemeanor was abolished), and unlawful entry into a graphite mine was a specific crime.

Briefly looking at the Law Commission, I didn't see this as a repealed act when searching, although that doesn't mean it isn't.

Is this still a (theoretical..) crime in England and Wales?

And do any of you felons want to admit your trespasses?
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Re: Unlawful entry into a graphite mine
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2021, 08:37:56 pm »
Oh.. the only other thing I found was an amendment that clarifies that graphite (plumbago or black lead) is considered a metallic mineral, in Devon and Cornwall anyway..

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1855/32/pdfs/ukpga_18550032_en.pdf&ved=2ahUKEwiB0cO76OXxAhV7hf0HHa0hDrkQFjAOegQIChAC&usg=AOvVaw2wC5ovytR-5_jX5jJGWrKg
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Re: Unlawful entry into a graphite mine
« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2021, 08:57:35 pm »
The Borrowdale graphite was a seriously high-value mineral back in the day - the mine had its own guard house! If you can find a copy, Ian Tyler's book on the subject is well worth reading.
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Re: Unlawful entry into a graphite mine
« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2021, 11:21:51 pm »
There was a Borrowdale Wad Mine presentation a few months ago - either AN or CATMHS, and I seem to remember from the talk that a couple of illicit adits had been driven in to intercept the plumbago mine. I think they had working and non woking periods, so the pirates would go in during the later.

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Re: Unlawful entry into a graphite mine
« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2021, 06:49:10 am »
It is an interesting question.

Reminds be a bit of the Forest of Dean freeminer laws that were not repealed, but contradicted some more modern legislation...?

It would be interesting to know if it were technically illegal to enter a Wad mine for that reason!

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Re: Unlawful entry into a graphite mine
« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2021, 05:40:32 pm »
Oh.. the only other thing I found was an amendment that clarifies that graphite (plumbago or black lead) is considered a metallic mineral, in Devon and Cornwall anyway..

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1855/32/pdfs/ukpga_18550032_en.pdf&ved=2ahUKEwiB0cO76OXxAhV7hf0HHa0hDrkQFjAOegQIChAC&usg=AOvVaw2wC5ovytR-5_jX5jJGWrKg

I believe modern day astrophysicists casually refer to any element other than hydrogen and helium as "metals"

 

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