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Report - Celuan tweed Mill, Talybont - august 2014

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by sageman, Oct 2, 2014.

  1. sageman

    sageman 28DL Full Member
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    Ceulan Woollen Mill was one of 5 woollen mills in Tal-y-Bont and was situated on the banks of the river Ceulan (the other 4 were located on the Leri) It was built in 1847 by the Morris family and although the exact date that production/operation actually started is vague it was definitely working in 1860. Due to the success of the mill an extension was added in 1880.
    The water wheel is still on the side of the mill, although, it is not in great shape and is barely visible. The iron hub of the wheel is marked J Edgar Dublin and has 12 wooden spokes. The iron rim is marked Ellis Foundry 1891. The wheel was an overshot although the wooden trough carrying the water to the top of the wheel is no longer in situ.
    The wheel provided power for the factory and was the first provider of electricity to the houses of Tal-y-Bont which was the first rural village in Cardiganshire/Ceredigion to have any form of electricity. The clergy at Bethel Chapel decided to do away with the oil lamps and discussion was had about carbide lamps being used instead. Mr Morris announced he could provide electricity for the chapel, the houses and the main road. The parish council paid £10.00 per annum for street lighting and houses were charged 5 shillings (25p) for one 60W lamp which then cost a further seven shillings and sixpence for 3 months electricity supply. Mr Morris turned off the power at 10.30pm each night believing that was late enough for folk to be awake!
    To meet the increasing demand for electricity a peloton wheel was purchased and placed at the other end of the factory to add to the power generated by the main wheel.

    The factory produced cloth and flannel mainly for shirts for farmers and coal miners throughout mid and south Wales but production and profits suffered during the war. Although things picked up after the war ultimately it was unable to compete with the larger factories that were significantly bigger and were using (what was then) modern new machinery which was more efficient. After diversifying and turning part of the mill into a shop to sell the products directly to the public the mill eventually closed in 1962 although it still remains within the same family. A number of years ago the current owner tried to pass the property and machinery to the National Trust for preservation but as the owner was unable to provide some of the funding to restore/repair the mill the National Trust were unable to take the property.

    Unfortunately i left my tripod in the car, and had lost my proper torch so the pictures are not all that good. the dark patch you can see is the shadow from my wide angle caused by flash. :(

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    Nice report, looks allright.
     
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    You could do with stealing a torch from him too :p:

    Good effort mate, not seen this crop up in a good while :thumb
     
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    Ok so never realised there was a big wheel on the other end of the building. Doh!
     
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    looks an interesting place this! nice one!
     
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    Its a right bugger to photograph this place, so you have done well without a torch and tripod!
     
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    Looks a nice mooch this

    Nice pics considering the conditions and tools available :thumb

    You ought to see my UWA with in camera flash it"s like an eclipse, so well done :)
     
  8. sageman

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    your what sorry
     
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    Ultra Wide Angle Lens lol
     
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    Nice one, liking the overgrown wheel :thumb
     
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    I visited here in Jan 2015 but it is not safe to enter any more. The main beam as fallen and destroyed most of the inside of building. The four walls still remain and from the outside it looks OK.

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    That's pretty much the end of that then.
     
  13. Speed

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    Bit of a shame but id rather see that happen than some developer chuck it all in the skip.
     
  14. lucan

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    was in there last week and it didnt look like that then
    it looked like this and the floor was solid and the big machine was facing the other way , in fact it was a diifent mill altogeather what you found was middle factory
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    Ahh good stuff, must go back there. I should have continued looking around but it took me a while to find what I did, then I was disheartened so took a few shots and left!
     
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