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Author Thursday Nighters, Summer 2015.
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Posted: 30/03/2017 00:04:19
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Do you have any links or a name for the one behind the hotel? Thumb Up



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Posted: 30/03/2017 01:00:13
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Ahh! so I was right.Big Grin Sea caves.
There is an adit in Glynllifon, gated. I managed to wriggle through the gap once but didn't venture any further as I was with a group of " Ooer don't go in there'ers". Doubt it goes far though..Sad

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Posted: 30/03/2017 01:23:57
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Is that the one in the grounds of the garden? If its the one i'm thinking of its a short adit to a chamber with a small shaft at the top to daylight, it also houses a water feature, cute little thing. Fairly certain its just part of the garden and isn't for any kind of mineral.

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IP: 95.172.232.42 Edited: 30/03/2017 01:26:31 by Blober
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Posted: 30/03/2017 05:18:30
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Blober wrote:

Do you have any links or a name for the one behind the hotel? Thumb Up



Possibly Aber Ia, which was the name of the place before Clough Williams-Ellis bought it in 1925. Nothing significant online about it, but Clough tells a few tales in his book "Portmeirion, the place and its meaning" which has been reprinted a few times since it first appeared in 1963. He mentions storing a shipment of sherry in it at the start of the war, only for the dilute sulphuric acid dripping from the roof to have eaten through the hoops on the barrels and sent one lot down the drain. He also briefly mentions the gold mine, as having burrowed 200 feet into the hillside with only one small nugget to show for it. But he doesn't give dates, etc, which might help track things down.
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Posted: 11/02/2019 14:19:16
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Can confirm the existence and location and of the Portmeirion 'gold mine' next to the Chinese Lake. As on the map on previous page at SH58743697 unders some steps where a path come down from the East. Camoflagued by a tree! I poked my head and phone in, and it's a low water filled adit. Couldn't see the end. Photos at:

https://ibb.co/D1zPhPq
https://ibb.co/8st8Xxn
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Posted: 11/02/2019 20:34:10
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Reportedly its where Sion Blewyn Coch lived. Well known to 4-9yo born and raised around there. Smile



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Posted: 11/02/2019 22:39:28
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Excellent bit of exploring, Berty! Thanks for looking. IP: 109.144.208.191
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Posted: 11/02/2019 23:34:02
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I do my best!

So, anyone actually been in? It does look quite low for a mine level. It also appears to veer to the left, so possibly going along the line of the ridge? Can't go far in any case as it would pop out again.
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Posted: 06/04/2019 21:03:34
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BertyBasset wrote:

So, anyone actually been in? It does look quite low for a mine level. It also appears to veer to the left, so possibly going along the line of the ridge? Can't go far in any case as it would pop out again.

I ventured inside today while on a visit to Portmeirion. In retrospect it wasn't really worth me getting my feet wet - the level doesn't seem to go for more than about 5m round the left hand bend, and there was no sign of Sion Blewyn Coch or his friends. Here's the view round to the left. Apologies for the poor photo - I wasn't kitted out for underground exploration or photography.



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The entrance behind the hotel was unlocked but I didn't attempt to swing the gate. The floor inside was covered in old pallets and other junk behind which there appears to be a high wall. On the surface up above, the crumbling steps to the putative shaft wall / dovecote have been fenced off since my last visit.
IP: 82.71.4.122 Edited: 11/04/2019 09:57:43 by skimble
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