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Report - Cwmorthin slate mine, North Wales, July 2014

Discussion in 'Mines and Quarries' started by The Kwan, Jul 20, 2014.

  1. The Kwan

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    At the risk of having Cwmorthin overload in the mines and quarry section I am going to post my take from our last visit, I visited here with Xan Asmodi and Lee Lenny Lenston, I would like to call him young Lenston but he just isnt :D
    In keeping with my latest photographic leaning I left the wide angle at home and went for the detailed shots that although dont portray the mine as a whole, give me great pleasure.

    A little history courtesy of Xan
    Cwmorthin, as part of the larger Oakley mining complex was one of the largest slate mining complexes in Wales. Originally opened in 1810 by the Casson family, the mine was worked off and on for about 180 years, being subject to the boom and bust cycle that characterised the North Wales slate mining it ceased to be a separate entity around the turn of the twentieth century. The last serious, large scale working of the mine was in the 1970's with slates being extracted via Oakley adits and finished in Oakley mills, but smaller scale working by locals from the Cwmorthin side continued until the early 1990's.

    The walk up to Cwmorthin is achingly beautiful and you encounter the Miners barracks that is sadly in a worse state of decay on every visit. but so imposing and photogenic
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    Outside the lake level Adit, it was foggy but a joy to sit and just gawp over the lake
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    Inside the mine we made our way to the bottom of the flooded incline and I was pleasantly surprised to see the carts on the tracks were more visible than ever, Lenston had a great idea about lighting up the water beneath them but chickened out incase his Lensor wasnt waterproof..enter the dragon, or rather, enter the chinese Cree, which was not just waterproof but became even brighter after being cooled in the chilly water. How cool are these carts!
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    Lenston lining up a submerged carts shot, taken from a nice dry spot inside a chamber.
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    A saw that sits quietly corroding
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    walking around this place you just cannot decide what to take pictures of because there is so much to see
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    I could only imagine that the ankle of this boot must have been uncomfortable for the owner to cut it like this, the other half of the boot was near by with a hobnail sole.
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    One of the excellent bridges, or rather what is left of it, just the hangers.
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    Through the keyhole, wood rots quickly in the damp atmosphere unless soaked in oil or hardwood, this lock was minus its door.
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    I found the split pin on this wheel fascinating
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    To get ahead, get a hat
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    In the compressor chamber is a switchbox that usually gets power from a waterwheel to power some 12v lights that folk can normally put on to eat thier lunch but sadly the dynamo was buggered.
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    Dat staircase from a previous.
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    Thanks for looking
     

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  2. Seffy

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    The surroundings look a tad familiar... :D Good work guys, liking this a lot.
     
  3. The Kwan

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    Yes Seffy, but the walk back to the carpark was leisurely this time :)
     
  4. Telf

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    Cool report Mr Kwan :thumb a lot of nice relics to see in here :)
     
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    So much to see in this place, captured the place well :thumb

    I like this one

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  6. Lenston

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    Some cracking shots there mate, I still don't believe your torch gets brighter if dipped in water though :D
     
  7. The Wombat

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    Cracking stuff mate :thumb
    some shots like the carts you should be proud of
    enjoyed reading that
     
  8. The Kwan

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    Truth right there Lenston and you saw it with your own eyes, infact I have taken my ultrafire collection out of the draw in my shed and now store them all in a bucket of iced water, so convinced am I, and I know that Xan is now doing a similar thing too :D
     
  9. Lenston

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    Hahah, water powered torches it's the future :D
     
  10. The_Raw

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    Fantastic, love the Indiana Jones hat and the Indiana Jones carts! It really does look amazing down there.... :thumb
     
  11. Xan_Asmodi

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    Very nice, Mr. Kwan! Was a glorious day for being underground too!!
     
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