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Report - A wee Welsh mine...

BenCooper

Mr Boombastic
Regular User
#1
Tucked away in the North Wales hills, this mine was never very successful - after about 15 years of preparatory work, it only actually produced for about 6 years at the end of the 19th Century. What's worth seeing is the power source - a giant waterwheel was used for both pumping and lifting up the deep vertical shaft.

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The shaft itself is now totally full of water.

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Further on, some rickety boards are the only way across another deep pool.

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All mining was done by hand - this mine was too early and too small for mechanisation.

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The floors are an interesting mix of rock and rotten wood - sometimes it's hard to tell one from the other.

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Maidstone Trooper

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
#6
Great photos, loved this mine when we visited a couple of years back, small with no stress and packed full of rewards.

Great effort on photographing the waterwheel, it is sqeezed into a suprisingly small space, and a wide angle is a must!
 

cardiffrail

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
#10
Beautiful pics there. Thanks for posting. The water looks really clear. How deep could you see down the flooded shafts?
 
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hughball

Guest
Guest
#11
very good photo's. Go along the edge of the flooded stope along 'rickety boards' and then up the shaft to the level a few feet higher. Carry on for a bit then start to hum, adjust the tone of the hum until it hits the resonant frequency of the mine and the effect is truly awesome. Much better than singing in the bath and guaranteed to terrify your mates. This is worth trying in any mine but this wee welsh mine does it better than many. You will probably stop long before it gets dangerous ,its a good test of your own nerve. Extreme care should be taken as you get further in as large sections of the floor are false and if you fall through the floor you end up in the water .When you come to the surface you bang your head against the wooden floor from underneath nowhere near the hole you went through. It is dark and you drown. Otherwise though, this place is truly stunning.
 

wormster

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
#14
AHHH yes, been on my "to do" list for yonks!
 

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