Author Topic: Jim Rieuwerts  (Read 1090 times)

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Jim Rieuwerts
« on: November 05, 2020, 07:44:19 pm »
Sad to say I have seen this listed elsewhere (AN), and although I never met him I have enjoyed reading a number of his well researched and books and articles. A sad loss to those interested in the mines and soughs of the Peak

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Re: Jim Rieuwerts
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2020, 08:44:56 pm »
sad news, may he rest in peace. need to read his books, they are on the shelve.

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Re: Jim Rieuwerts
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2020, 09:16:27 pm »
Read them all, for they are very important!

I'm gutted, as we were regular buddies, and chatted most weeks on the phone and met up whenever we could. Working on those two books with him was a real treat, and one of the real highlights of my underground work so far. It's really sad, not least as I had something exciting lined up to show him next week. Oh well.

But Jim was a fine character, and a good man and a great husband to Ann, and his mining history legacy is enormous and valuable. Some sort of commemoration will happen, for sure.

Photos below of him in his regular role as Foreman of the Grand Jury of the Barmote Court and also with his old mate Peter Harrison, Blue John miner, in Treak Cliff Cavern.

RIP :(
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Re: Jim Rieuwerts
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2020, 09:30:06 pm »
As well as being the oracle of Peak District mining history and mining law, Jim was also a very active caver in his younger days and was a member of both the Sheffield Caving Club and the Orpheus back in the 1950s, and founded PDMHS in 1959 along with Mike Smith and Bill Sarjeant. I'll miss him greatly, I used to joke to my wife that there was no such thing as a short phone call to Jim as we'd find ourselves discussing so many things!
Dirty old mines need love too....

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Re: Jim Rieuwerts
« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2020, 10:19:00 pm »
I'm reliably informed that Jim is one of the two cavers shown here in a photo of Oxlow taken by Peter Tottle, probably around 1954, but it's too fuzzy to tell which one!

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Re: Jim Rieuwerts
« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2020, 09:41:18 am »
Sad news and a great loss.
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Re: Jim Rieuwerts
« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2020, 10:44:55 am »
A present from Trevor Ford's daughter Jan this morning  :)

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Re: Jim Rieuwerts
« Reply #7 on: November 06, 2020, 04:14:18 pm »
A sad loss. I have many of his books. They were both scholarly and readable, a rare combination.
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Re: Jim Rieuwerts
« Reply #8 on: November 06, 2020, 07:22:35 pm »
Rip jim.

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Re: Jim Rieuwerts
« Reply #9 on: November 15, 2020, 12:32:57 pm »
Hi,
This is from Sue Smith (Peak Park)

I first met Jim 25 years ago when I'd first started working at the Peak Park as a minerals planner.
Jim was instrumental in taking forward the lead rakes work highlighting the importance of the surface remains. We also worked with Imperial College to research livestock lead poisoning. However I think I will remember Jim's ever-present twinkle in his eye best from the Barmote events with the conclusion of the business with a morning beer, bread and cheese, and a pipe. I'll have to wait to look out for some pick marks for Jim next time I'm underground but won't hold back on having a beer to remember a good friend.
Too good looking to cave

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Re: Jim Rieuwerts
« Reply #10 on: November 18, 2020, 04:28:21 pm »
A picture of Sue and Jim at the court

« Last Edit: November 19, 2020, 04:59:11 pm by Pegasus, Reason: added photo »
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