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Report - Leri Mill, Talybont Wales, Sept 2013

The Stig

Urbex = Nosey Bastard
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Visited with Nic81 and 4 other explorers, set off from Liverpool and drove for what seems for hours but it was worth the drive. After seeing the first mill (report to come) we crossed the village to this place, A quick swim to cross the stream to get to this place and a quick scramble up the bank and we was there :)

There is very little history I can find on this place,

By 1809 a water driven carding engine was in use at Tal-y-bont where Thomas
Morgan from the Caersws district of Montgomeryshire established the Leri
Mills. He leased land from the Gogerddan Estate together with the building
known as the Old Mill. Undoubtedly the Old Mill referred to in the
deeds was the fulling mill which had been in existence in Tal-y-bont from
the early C17.
By 1835 the Leri Mills had carding engines , fulling stocks, a hand mule for
spinning, together with a number of hand looms. Some of these looms were
available for outside weavers, an entry in the account book for Leri Mills
in 1841 reads ;
" Thos Williams, wever. 9 weeks for use of loom--2s.6d.".
Thomas Morgan also employed a number of outworkers who wove yarn, spun at
the mill, on hand looms in their homes. These weavers lived in an extensive
area stretching from Penrhyn-coch in the south to Corris in the north.
Most of the flannel was sold locally, to both farmers and lead miners, or
sold at fairs at Aberystwyth, Machynlleth, or Tal-y-bont.
Some of the spinners employed at the Leri Mills in the 1830s and 1840s,
using the same hand mule as is used today[1968] were paid a piece rate
wage, the average earnings being 10 shillings a week. Others were paid a
fixed wage, an entry in 1844 reads ;
" May 15th 1844--Edward Roberts , Spinner. Hired until May 17th[1845] for
six shillings a week."

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