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The discovery of Drws y coed Copper mine
Posted: 02/02/2020 09:47:25
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Interesting article -

DRWS Y COED

At Drws y coed is a large and valuable Copper Mine, which the proprietors are working upon scientific principles, with much practical knowledge, and, it is said, to great advantage.

The first discovery of this hidden wealth was owing, we are told, to a singular circumstance. The story is, that a hundred years ago, on a fine summer’s day, a pedlar, fatigued with travelling over acclivities and precipices, lay down by the path side, at Drws y coed, to rest himself. When he was dozing, he heard a loud report like a thunder-clap, which astonished him. The sound was sharp and soon over. On going to the spot from which it appeared to issue, he found that a metalliferous substance, with a powerful, sulphurous smell, had been forced from the heart of the mountain, leaving behind its course a hole several inches in diameter. He afterwards mentioned the fact to some intrepid adventurers, and, from that time to this, miners have been employed in slowly tracing out, through all its windings and irregularities, the course of the vein of ore, and in extracting the precious masses which have constituted the objects of their search. In the result we have an example of what zeal and labour, under the guidance of intellect, are able to accomplish : and if this be not a land for the odours of the spicy East, or for the vine and the olive, the myrtle and the orange, we may affirm, and affirm with truth, that there are few parts of the globe which present a succession of sublimer and more interesting objects to the eye, and that there are few in which the earth is likely to afford a more adequate recompense to the industry of man.


Bransby, James Hews, A Description and Historical Sketch of Beddgelert and its Neighbourhood, (London, 1840), pp. 65-66
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The discovery of Drws y coed Copper mine
Posted: 02/02/2020 11:46:42
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A nice share sale pitch. Thanks Dan.

I think the Romans were there sooner and Edward 1st’s been for a gander as well so we’re told. They could have peddled their way over Welsh ‘acclivities and precipices’ I suppose but the peddler in the story’s probably the author knackered at the foot of Drws y Coed, pushing his bike up the hill. Smile

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