The Tour of Wales

 

 

Gallery: Industrial Wales

Cwmystwyth Mines

The mines at Cwmystwyth are typical of mine workings spread across much of mid Wales in the 19th century. Cwmystwyth was mined principally for lead, but silver and nickel were also profitable by products of the mine workings.
    The mines are now deserted and the once huge poulation of such villages as Cwmystwyth have shrunk dramatically so that mid Wales is one of the few places in europe which has a smaller population now then it did a hundred years ago.

 

Cwmystwyth Mines

Dyfi Furnace

With the industrial revolution came a need to produce iron and steel, and one of the new mills can be seen between Aberystwyth and Machynlleth at Dyfi Furnace.
    Surrounding woodland was plundered to keep the huge furnace going and a huge water mill was used to run equipment in the foundary. The water wheel still works to this day, and it is possible to follow through the early industrial processes on a tour of this site.



Dyfi Furnace

Bryntail Lead Mine

Another lead mine (with silver and nickel by products) can be seen close to the Clywedog reservoir (another impressive industrial feature, built to regulate water flows in the valleys below).
    This mine is reached by mountain road and the journey up to
Llyn Clywedog is worth the trip in itself.



Bryntail lead mine near  Llyn Clywedog

 




 
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