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Report - Leri/Lerry Tweed Mills, Talybont - May 2014

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by tumbles, May 27, 2014.

  1. tumbles

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    Had planned to do this on way up for camping weekend but that went to shit. Then I considered going up and camping one night in Harlech and the weather put paid to that too. In the end decided for a good old one day road trip to West Wales. Getting up nice and early the A470 was absolutely deserted and when its like that you can't do anything but smile as it's got to be one of the best driving roads in the country when clear.

    First stop of the day Talybont and all the millporn that accompanies it. Apparently there were 5 mills at Talybont. 4 on the river Leri and 1 on the Ceulan. I'm guessing that originally this one was actually 2 given the distances apart. There is a converted one further down and we know about the one on the Ceulan. Would love to know where the other one is. I think Speed mentioned in another report on here that there is bound to be more along this river - tend to agree.

    Visited solo, thanks to jST for the location pointers

    Digging around last night I found a bit more info about this place. It was originally built upon what was an old furnace/smelting works. Records show that the furnace works were first established on the bank of the Leri in 1642 taking lead from the local mines. It's unclear when the mills were first established but probably sometime in the early 1800's. It ran as a working mill up to the late 1950s when, like so many other, it became unprofitable and the UK itself had become a net importer of cotton for the first time. Around this time ownership of the mill changed hands and it was purchased by Mr John Hughes & his wife. So yeah whoever called this 'Simon's Mill' have a word with yourself and look a bit harder. It was run as a tourist attraction for the next 30 years until the family put the entire estate (2 mills, 6 bedroom house, craft shop, associated outbuildings and 14 acres of land with fishing & shooting rights) for sale with a guide price of £150'000. At the time Mr Hughes stated that none of his sons had the desire to run the mill upon their retirement and it was better to sell up now. It seems no buyers ever came forward. Some of the upper mill buildings were used for cider production & storage for a while but now most buildings are falling into serious disrepair.

    Another article in the 1970's suggests that the upper mill is a 'scheduled ancient monument' - if that's the case it may also factored in the lack of sale as you really can't do much to buildings of that listing status (the highest CADW/EH rating). Also around that time heavy investment in the A470 began to make it the prominent 'trunk' route through Wales. Critically this mean that less traffic probably passed through the town.

    Anyway enough of the history. I only visited the lower mill on this occasion.

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    Thanks for looking :) Some more here:Leri Tweed Mill, Talybont | Whatevers Left | UK Urbex
     
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  2. Lenston

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    Top stuff this mate, quality pics :thumb
     
  3. Leeds(Ex)plorer

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    lovely is that!! top work mate
     
  4. jST

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    Cool - still looking good. Glad to be of assistance.
     
  5. Will Knot

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    That is one nice set of pics, great report :thumb.....surprised its lasted this long :confused before the metal fairies had there way :)
     
  6. Camera Shy

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    Lovely pics
     
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    +1 :p:

    See you sorted it ;)
     
  8. wellingtonian

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    Great job mate. Loving that :thumb
     
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    Cracking shots mate. Love all the colours in there.

    It was. This was known as Cwm (valley) Mill. The one just up and over the river is Leri Mill. Both were always owned by the same person.

    Right by the bridge in the middle of the village. It was called Talybont mill. It's the building on the left in both of these. They were taken around 1900. Note the high level aquaduct thing - maybe for an overshot waterwheel? Think it's a house now.

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    The sons you mention still own both parts. They are Nicholas, Toby and Simon Hughes. Simon still lives in the house.


    [SUB]History and photos courtesy of Simon Huhges.[/SUB]
     
  10. tumbles

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    Ah thanks for the info, explains the "Simons Mill" tag then. Are the parents dead then? Going on newspaper article in 1981 they'd be in their mid 80s
     
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    I’m pretty sure he said inherited so presumably, yes. I think one of the photos I have is of him aged about 4, in the mid 1950’s with his parents, so yeah, they’d be mid eighties at least by now.
     
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    Awesome shots there! Liking the colours :thumb
     
  13. tumbles

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    +0.67 apparently. Settings FAIL.
     
  14. Seffy

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    Laaaavely job bud. Glad you had a successful trip!
     
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