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Report - Cwm Coke Works Wales Feb 2016

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Jon6d, Feb 14, 2016.

  1. Jon6d

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    I know this place as been posted on here quite a few times but I just thought I'd post a up to date post
    to see if you think its still worth a visit your selfs.

    Just like to share with you a few photos from my day exploring Cwm Coke Works,
    This wasn't on the top of my list of places to go as I knew it had been closed for many years but I must say after spending the best part of 4 hours in there looking around I was very surprised with the amount of stuff still lift in there and loads of great photo opportunities.

    Its a really dangerous place to visit and lots of the steel work is rotten so please be carful if you go there and don't do alone.

    Some History
    Cwm coke works is a large site just north of Beddau in Rhondda Cynon Taf. Up until the mid 1800′s Beddau was a small collection of farmsteads at the conjunction of four crossroads. (Incidentally, Beddau, which means ‘graves’, may be a shortening of Croesheol y Beddau, ‘crossroads of the graves’, as it is marked on an ordnance survey map circa. 1833. Criminals were often hanged as crossroads as an example to others In the 1860′s coal pits were sunk around Beddau, and the town grew at a steady rate until 1909, which saw the opening of Cwm colliery. As the industry moved in, Beddau grew quickly, and in 1958 Cwm coke works opened, furthering the expansion. At its peak, Cwm colliery was producing hundreds of thousand of tons of high quality, low sulphur coal per year. Much of this was processed at Cwm coke works, into high-grade coke suitable for foundry use. The National Coal Board closed the colliery in 1986, and Cwm Coke works in 2002, leaving yet another small Welsh town deprived and forgotten.

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  2. Dieselkid 63

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    Bit of a deathtrap but I love decaying industry! Nice one. Bit weird about the amount of video/musical equipment around the place though haha
     
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    Yes its a very dangerous place, quite a few times I could feel the steal work giving away on the steps and stuff, which also told me I need to lose some weight haha
     
  4. The Amateur Wanderer

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    Awesome, not seen half of that stuff photographed before in previous reports so you've covered it well I'd say.

    Must get to this one sooner rather than later!
     
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    I do try and do things people have done before but as I'm on catch up and most things are out there already its pretty hard, Thanks Wanderer
     
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    There's some lovely trains going on there :thumb a bit over-processed for my liking though
     
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    Is there any asbestos or anything we need to know about e.g security and unstable floors/buildings ?
     
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