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Report - CWM coke - Beddau - March - 2016

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by merryprankster, Apr 8, 2016.

  1. merryprankster

    merryprankster Conrod the Barbarian
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    way overdue writing an actual report, got a back log of about 20 reports at the minute but just cant find the time or the internet speed for uploading to flickr, spend most the week working away on the most basic hotel wifi you've ever seen then when the weekend comes around im always off exploring, anyways here's a little start with some good old south wales industry

    took my mate lara who's wanted to come exploring for a while, was a good day but i reckon we only saw about 2/3rds as we had other stuff on the list to tick off, definitely want to come back here in the summer when the foliage is in full bloom

    bit of coffee and paste histoire

    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. It would seem now, work has begun to reclaim the land, so perhaps this magnificent example of commanding industry and stark, utilitarian achitecture won’t be around for much longer.


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    thanks kids ttake it sleazy!!
     
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  2. stranton

    stranton the subterranean explorer
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    interesting,
    reminds me of South Bank in 10 yrs.
     
  3. The Lone Shadow

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    Some incredible shots there. 2nd from last is my favorite. Looks like a really interesting plant to visit. Big industry is my favorite :thumb
     
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