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Lead Mine nr Prestatyn (photo)
Posted: 01/06/2019 21:57:05
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I thought I'd asked about this on here a while back but can't find it.
Anyway when I was a kid we used to go to my Aunt Florries caravan nr Ffrith Beach for the annual Holidays. Visible on the hill to the south of the site was an old lead mine. One afternoon, after pestering my dad, he took me up there & I half remember there being a large waterwheel on site & my dad taking a photo of me by it.
When I was down my mums today, she produced said (long lost) photo!
I've even wondered if I'd imagined its existence, till today!
Anyone any idea which mine this was?
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IP: 95.145.206.4 Edited: 01/06/2019 22:00:22 by Mr.C
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Posted: 02/06/2019 06:32:54
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AN search brings up a few possibilities.

https://www.aditnow.co.uk/Photo/Prestatyn_118069/
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Lead Mine nr Prestatyn (photo)
Posted: 02/06/2019 09:44:23
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I wonder if it is the Talargoch Lead Mine?Top right hand side of map shows aqueduct.

https://maps.nls.uk/view/102342339
IP: 5.80.94.54 Edited: 02/06/2019 13:06:02 by euros
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Posted: 02/06/2019 13:57:13
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Thanks both. Talargoch is certainly a good candidate but the site now doesn't look as rocky or as far up the hill as I remember.. As far as I can recall, the SW part of Craig Fawr is favourite, which ties up with Morlocks suggestions.
I've found a reference to a 20' waterwheel in this area during the 1800s but no mention of the mines name.
It would be nice to add the photo to the appropriate mine entry on here, as there is a paucity of any such pictures.
BTW, Should of said, the photo was taken about 1968.

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IP: 95.145.206.4 Edited: 02/06/2019 14:14:24 by Mr.C
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Posted: 02/06/2019 17:06:36
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Was the mine above the old railway track?

Two linear spoil tips and a level around the area you describe.

https://maps.nls.uk/view/102181594

Only problem is that location appears to be above a suitable water source.

Edit: Reading through this the water could have been pumped to the wheel?

http://www.meliden.org.uk/?page_id=228
IP: 81.135.122.104 Edited: 02/06/2019 17:19:32 by Morlock
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Posted: 02/06/2019 19:02:59
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This explains some of the leats to the waterwheels:-
https://www.dyserth.com/leats.html
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Posted: 02/06/2019 21:43:09
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Try this https://www.dyserth.com/mines.html mentions a 20' waterwheel .



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Posted: 02/06/2019 23:59:41
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Brakeman wrote:

Try this https://www.dyserth.com/mines.html mentions a 20' waterwheel .


Hi BM, long time - hope you're well!
That's where I saw the 20' wheel reference too. Pity there's no more info.
No sure about water being pumped to the wheel. I see what you mean Morlock, looking at that old Pennant watercolour but I thought that the launder was perhaps taking water to the Newcomen Engine. Perhaps extended past the waterwheel at a later date than the wheels original placement, to feed the engine some house water? (Edit) Though perhaps it provided top-up water supply to the wheel once the pumping engine was operational & surface water was in short supply?
As for the leat system that Euros linked to (same leat as in watercolour?), I'd been looking at that too. I'm sure the place was above the railway course & the bit where the "purple highlighted" leat crosses that area of hillside between the small outcrop (Craig Bach?) & the railway E of the Talargoch engine house looks favourite. There's even a shaft marked on one of the old OS maps - no mine name unfortunately.
Thanks all for the suggestions. Maybe the mines name will remain a mystery!

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IP: 95.145.206.4 Edited: 03/06/2019 00:18:39 by Mr.C
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