THE WELSH MINES PRESERVATION TRUST

YMDDIRIEDOLAETH CADWRAETH MWYNFEYDD CYMRU

NEWS SHEET 2
Spring 2017
FORTHCOMING EVENTS

CWMBYR
Nigel proposes the following dates for work on the site during the summer and
autumn:
14–15 June; 16–17 July; 16–17 September; 7–8 October.
For confirmation or alterations, see the website. Other workplaces are available:

CWM RHEIDOL
The slate roof of the Caecynon powder magazine has now been restored: the external
and internal woodwork awaits attention. Conservation work on the Cwm Rheidol
orebins will be the next task. Precise dates for operations cannot yet be given, but Ioan
Lord (rheilffordd@gmail.com) will supply the latest information.

LLYWERNOG
Refurbishment of the museum is almost complete: repair of the waterwheels is about
to begin, with the prospect of getting one of the jiggers into operation by the autumn,
followed by reinstatement of the tramway to the shaft. Again, Ioan can provide details.

HERITAGE WEEKEND(S)
After the success of last year’s Rheidol visit, one or more field
weekends are under consideration for later this year.
Information will appear on the website when arrangements are
completed.

PUBLICATIONS
The next Newsletter (long overdue, but, we hope, worth waiting for) will be posted on
the website shortly, together with another item, even longer overdue, but perhaps even
more worth waiting for.

SUBSCRIPTIONS
Are now requested: a form appears on the next sheet. Please give generously: we are
very grateful to our members, without whose contributions the work of the Trust
(some examples of which are shown overleaf) could not be carried on.

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WORK IN PROGRESS

MELYNLLYNYPAIR
Intermediate ore bin discovered above crusher house: details of dressing
floors shown on 1870 perspective drawing clarified. Further work needed
on deep adit, opencast, horse-whim circle.

TEMPLE
Provisional repair of failing stonework at base of wheelpit: tree surgery
to remove roots cracking the masonry of the side wall. Straight joint
between pit and compressor house may have opened slightly.
Consideration to be given to stabilisation of whole structure.

CAECYNON POWDER MAGAZINE
New lintel inserted over door, gable end partly rebuilt; wall-plates
replaced, rafters repaired, battens renewed throughout; slates re-hung,
ridge-tiles refixed. Work on inner wooden shell about to begin.

LLYWERNOG
Launders repaired, buddle and jigger wheels turning; work begun on
converting crusher house into an annex to the museum. Wheels to be
patched, jiggers to be put into working order; museum to be rearranged.

PONT CEUNANT GENERATING STATION
The crack between the upper part of the transverse wall of the coal store
and the flank wall of the boiler room continues to give cause for concern
and remains under observation; visual inspection suggests that the gap
has not widened appreciably in the past year.

CWMBYR
Excavation of stone wall separating upper level of dressing floors from
buddle floor. Possible site of dressing-floor wheel identified: pipe run
from buddles excavated; remains of waterwheel 3 exposed. Gradiometer
survey of crushing mill area.

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WELSH MINES PRESERVATION TRUST

Ymddiriedolaeth Cadwraeth Mwynfeydd Cymru

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