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Report - Cambrian Slate mine Glyn Ceriog Wales Sept 2013

Discussion in 'Mines and Quarries' started by The Kwan, Sep 8, 2013.

  1. The Kwan

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    Visited here with Georgie and Telf we intended to do two mines and one nearby culvert in one day but sadly we completely ran out of time and just managed Cambrian but we are making plans for a return to finish off our agenda.


    some history from Cambrian Mine
    The Cambrian slate mine is situated above the village of Glyn Ceriog in Wales and consisted of 4 large open workings and a considerable amount of workings underground, I am unsure of when it closed but there are no real sign of artifacts like in some other local slatemines and an interesting point to note was that the Cambrian slate had so many strata that it laminated too easily giving its useful life a maximum of 25 years and even all of the local houses and buildings are roofed with slate from Blanau or Dinorwic, we know this because we had the good fortune to bump into a local pensioner who was wandering around in the woods with his dog, He also told us that when the mine was producing that the miners had to provide thier own tallow candles and blackpowder so it came as no surprise that during one very bad winter all of the miners left the mine and all of its charms to work for the local authority shovelling snow and clearing the roads between villages which was easy money for them.

    Warning
    firstly a word to the wise, anyone who does mines will be familiar with the phrase "explorer poo" and I have seen instances of lads leaving mines wearing just one sock or perhaps without any Bill grundies on. If you are prepared you may bring along toilet roll just incase you get caught short or if you are really pampered you may bring along some nice wet wipes but if you are FULL ON GASMARK 8 HARDCORE you will do what Georgie did and bring along Flash bathroom wipes complete with bleach and anti bacterial agents and yes he got caught short lol, anyway the word to the wise is never ask Georgie for a wet wipe after pinching one off in the woods as it could be an uncomfortable day out :D

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    The unlikely mine entrance into the mine and fortunately for us it was not to wet
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    Once inside it gets more conventional and quite a pleasant surprise as it open up, this shot is looking back towards the entrance
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    onwards the mine opens up into two entrances the left way goes into a quarry called McEwens Quarry before leading back into the mine and the right entrance leads to a flooded level and chambers.
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    moving off to right goes into the quarry and then back into the mine.
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    This is the concrete plug for Dennis Quarry also know as Quarry pool. Dennis quarry was drained in the 1970’s over fear of the plug blowing out and flooding Glyn Ceiriog.
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    inside the mine we came across a flooded level and met a lad who was diving to discover the flooded depths of cambrian, he said that it was 25m deep and you could still see rolling stock sat on rails, we were facinated but we could tell that he was nervous to encounter 3 rugged lads so far from civilisation and he was even more concerned for his sunto when he heard our accents :) but you could see the horror on his face as he became visibly concerned for his virginity when he heard Telfs Warrington accent :D.

    Joking apart, he was a really nice lad who was very interesting to chat with, here is the dive spot and his gear, the steel roller can still be seen in the floor at what was once the top of an incline that is now flooded.
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    Some of the divers gear, it took him 4 trips from the mine to his car to get it all shifted, hard work believe me up a pretty steep incline
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    A shot from the far side of the flooded level.
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    Typical of Cambrian slate it laminates very badly and the roof was pretty dire in places
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    One of the passageways and some of the few sleepers and rails still remain beneath a steel supported roof.
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    an old teapot, classic spout shape.
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    some of the drainage here was clay and has stood the test of time whilst the metal pipes have corroded and long since become useless
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    Lastly a shot from the huge plate and rivet airtank which was one of the nicest features in the mine
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    Thanks for looking.
     

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  2. georgie

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    cracking shots mate was a good mine this and a good day we shall return to finish off the rest

    good to meet you aswell Telf1980

    heres a few of my efforts...............flash wipes FTW!!!


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