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Report - Porth Wen Brickworks, Wales - Aug 16

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by ledgehammer, Sep 3, 2016.

  1. ledgehammer

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    Porth Wen Brickworks is a now disused Victorian brickworks which produced fire bricks, made from quartzite (silica) used to line steel-making furnaces. The substantial remains include a number of buildings and the remains of some of the machinery, but has some damage from sea erosion
    Porthwen Brickworks includes quarries, an incline tramroad to the works, and includes a crushing house, moulding shed, drying sheds, and kilns. The brickmaking operation was supported by storage hoppers, engine house, boiler house, chimneys, warehouse and a quay.
    Brickmaking started on the site in the mid 19th century, with the tramroad being added later, and the existing buildings being built in the early 20th century. Although the brickworks ceased production in the first half of the 20th century (sources vary on the date; either 1924 or 1949),the buildings and much of the equipment remain in situ.

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    So after some delay at Gwrych castle, we hossed to the next site. We aimed to get here after the castle from the afternoon before, and wanted a combination of night and day footage/ photos and planned to sleep in one of the buildings. We ended up getting there much later than anticipated and after struggling to find it, there were 3 cars parked up in the layby. We took a walk down and there was a bit of a gathering, at this point we were hungry so we decided to take refuge, light the barbecue and come back in the morning for the sunrise. We returned at the right time and got some decent shots and footage of pre and post sunrise. Tried out the timelapse mode on the cam too. The place was pretty scenic too, reminded me a bit of Orkney - really nice atmosphere with the clear sunrise - gave it a 7 on accounts of the experience rather than the ruined buildings. The bright sun really lit up the red brick, great way to start the action packed day...

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  2. The Amateur Wanderer

    The Amateur Wanderer 28DL Regular User
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    Lush pics there, really picked the best time of day! :)
     
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    yeh, lucky with clear sky - this fishing boot chugged along also just to add to the effect ;-)
     
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    More stunning pix. Top notch job.
     
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    cheers :-)
     
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