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Report - Cwm Coke Cokeworks, Beddlau, South Wales – March 2015

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Landie_Man, Mar 14, 2015.

  1. Landie_Man

    Landie_Man "Landie" or Harry :-)
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    Wow, this is one I have wanted to do for years and finally I got to see it. Me and Southside Assassin loaded up the car and headed off for a mixed weekend away in Wales.

    After taking a wrong turn and ending 20 miles too far from the location, we headed in the RIGHT direction and arrived on site mid morning.

    The site is huge and we also met up with Hamtagger and Geoff later on. Got some amazing photos and videos here and thought we would try our luck on the elevators. I would try this on a more still day and obviously tread carefully as you ascend, looking at any movements. They seemed pretty solid on our visit.

    The trip was sadly cut short when one of our groups was spotted while snapping an external, meaning we covered the whole site but not the main room that we had saved till last 


    A brief paragraph about Coke from wiki:

    History Borrowed and Adjusted from H1971’s 2013 report on 28 days


    Dating back as far as 1909; when the Great Western Colliery Co. began sinking pits to provide steam coals for the Great Western Railway.


    By 1914 coal was being produced on the Colliery, all of which came from two shafts named Magaret and Mildred, which were over 750 yards deep.


    In 1928 Powell Duffryn Associated Colleries ltd took over the colliery which employed approximately 1000 men and continued production under this name until 1947; at which point, The National Coal Board was established to run the nationalised coal mining industry in Britain.

    Between the years 1952 and 1960 the colliery underwent an extensive £9 million reconstruction scheme which included linking CWM to Coedely Tonyrefail.

    By the 1970s around 1,500 men were producing 515,000 tons of coke on a yearly basis at CWM until the privatisation of the National Coal Board in 1986.

    The Colliery ceased production in 1986 although there were an estimated 80 million tonnes of coal seams and reserves still there which were never mined.

    CWM Coke was designed to centralise and maintain the production of South Wales foundry coke. The coal mined at CWM was suitable for foundry coke given its low sulphur content The coke works continued to run after the colliery’s 1986 closure and ceased production in June of 2002. The MASSIVE site has sat rotting ever since.


    In true Landie Style I have SMASHED the 10 photo thing, I usually allow myself to creep up to 13 or so, but this site took my breath away. The decay just makes it, its amazing here. And hey we all have fast connections these days right?

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    #-VIDEO- Climbing the Elevators




    Thanks again guys :-)

    More (If you want!!) At:
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157651326002345/
     
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  2. Tomw1989

    Tomw1989 28DL Full Member
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    Nicely captured! :thumb

    Did you get to meet the big scary German Shep? Made me do a little :turd in my pants.

    Out of curiosity, what do you class as the main room?
     
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  3. Landie_Man

    Landie_Man "Landie" or Harry :-)
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    Mods, can you take the L from Beddau Please, can't find the Go Advanced option.

    The dog was in the van man. The main part in the middle mate, Machine Hall
     
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    Idavoll Who?
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    Nice report, loving the video. :) Didn't get to do any of the elevators on my visit as we were losing light, definitely need to go back here and climb it whilst I still can.
     
  5. Landie_Man

    Landie_Man "Landie" or Harry :-)
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    Defo.

    I'm not saying to go running onto each one, take care. But if its holding itself up then it should be safe as houses
     
  6. WhoDaresWins

    WhoDaresWins Let's do this
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    Looks like you had a great day for this. Love CWM Coke, had some great times there. Good fun playing on the conveyors.
     
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    Just signed up to say about the German Shepard, spent about 30 minutes wandering around today and it's not a friendly dog, I would stay away, got chased out and was a cm away from his teeth as I jumped back over, proceed with extreme caution
     
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    AndyK Behind Closed Doors
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    Nice shots there - I like the look of that control room, not seen that before.
     
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    Seffy Bally up lads!
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    Met the most friendly guard dog I've ever come across here, good old Wales. Well shot that man.
     
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    They must have sacked that dog and replaced it
     
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    The German Shep when I was there got up onto his back legs barking and snarling in your face but never once did I feel it was going to bite me.
     
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    Session9 A life backwards
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    The one i came across was very friendly, just stood close, but still. Perhaps staying still is the answer, at a very rough guess??
     
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