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P001629

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P number: P001629
Old photograph number: C03585
Caption: John Weir working with a sluice box at the gold diggings in the Windgate Burn, c. 1936, Leadhills, Lanarkshire.
Description: John Weir working with a sluice box at the gold diggings in the Windgate Burn, c. 1936, Leadhills, Lanarkshire. John Weir has excavated the old alluvial gravels, containing particles of gold, down to bedrock. The gravel is placed in the sluice box, or ?trough?, where the gravel is washed and sorted and the stones and lighter materials are removed leaving a concentrate of heavy minerals, including the gold. The gold-bearing alluvial gravels of the Leadhills district were worked on a large scale during the 16th century. Since then, the gravels have been worked by the lead miners during their spare time who collected gold to order and for wedding rings. One of the more successful miners was John Weir, who worked the gravels during the miners? strike of 1921.
Date taken: 01/01/1937
Photographer: Fisher, W.D.
Copyright statement: Crown
Acknowledgment: This image was digitized with grant-in-aid from SCRAN the Scottish Cultural Resources Access Network
X longitude/easting: 287500
Y latitude/northing: 613500
Coordinate reference system, ESPG code: 27700 (OSGB 1936 / British National Grid)
Orientation: Landscape
Size: 235.26 KB; 1000 x 740 pixels; 85 x 63 mm (print at 300 DPI); 265 x 196 mm (screen at 96 DPI);
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