Report - Cwm Coke Works, Beddau, August 2017

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28DL Full Member
Jul 5, 2014
Visited with @Polo and a non member

This place has been done to death so here's a bit of stolen history for you:

"There was originally a colliery named "Cwm Colliery" at this site in Beddau, just south of Pontypridd in Rhondda Cynon Taf, that was sunk in 1909.
No coal was actually extracted until 1914, however, and then it came from two shafts, Margaret and Mildred which were over 750 yards deep.
In 1928 the colliery was taken over by Powell Duffryn Associated Colleries Limited, and at this point it employed over 1000 men.
It operated under their name until 1948 when the National Coal Board (NCB) was established to manage the nationalised coal industry in the UK.
The NCB updated the colliery in a massive £9 million redevelopment between 1952 and 1960.
This included connection Cwm (pronounced "Coomb") to Coedely Tonyrefail, and of course building a massive Cokeworks, Cwm Coke.

In the 70s, the cokeworks alone employed 1,500 men and produced some 515,000 tonnes of coke each year. It continued to do so until 1986, when the NCB was privatised.
The colliery ceased production at this point, but the cokeworks were bought buy CPL Industries and continued producing coke right up until 2002.
It would have remained open had it not been for the fact it was extremely outdated, in desparete need of modernisation and no one was willing to invest in new technologies.'"

Although the interiors here are almost completely ruined it still makes for a lovely wonder, the age is more of a blessing than a cure as all the rusty structures make for some lovely photo opportunities.

This will be a little pic heavy, sorry

All pics taken on cheapo kodak film with a Nikon F90X


Areas such as the boiler room still make for some good interiors with a
few little control panels and other fixtures still present.





Next we moved onto the area above the coking ovens with some lovely views of all the rusty pipework





The original wooden cooling tower, which is quite rare at sites like these. It seems to have mostly gone to shit despite being grade 1 listed:

Finally we headed to the central tower, this has some great views of the whole side and of Beddau




28DL Full Member
Jul 5, 2014
Luckily not, access was a little difficult but it was plain sailing after we got in

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