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Wanderings around Minera, Mine and Quarry
Posted: 31/12/2020 12:44:08
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A few days ago I spent several hours wandering around Minera Lead Mine, the associated Mineral Railway and Limestone Quarry and Works.

I visited Minera Lead Mine a number of times after the restoration work was completed around Meadow (City) Shaft and actually took a few groups of children there from the school where I worked on history field trips.

That was all back in the 1990s and for some reason despite being a frequent visitor to the general area I had not been to the Meadow Shaft for years nor had I actually explored the whole site or mineral railway.

I must say I was disappointed to see the state of the conserved area. The visitor centre does not appear to have been open since September 2019 from the notice pinned to the door.

The site appears to be managed by Groundwork these days who claim on their web site to be in receipt of HLF funding but I fear that unless some urgent work is done soon all the conservation and restoration efforts made in the 1990s will be for nothing as much of the timber work is in a serious state of decay in particular the bob plat and the head frame.

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Meadow Shaft Engine House

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Ominous split in the now crooked bob plat.

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Remains of one of the reconstructed ore jiggers. These were once available for visitors to operate.

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Wire rope near Taylor's Shaft

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Taylor's Shaft with engine house foundations beyond

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Capstan Pit at Taylor's Shaft

Full gallery of images of Minera Mine can be found here:

https://www.jhluxton.com/Industrial-Archaeology/Mines-and-Collieries-of-Wales/Minera-Lead-Mines/

Links available on that page to a separate galleries of images of the Mineral Railway and the Limestone Quarry.

John

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Wanderings around Minera, Mine and Quarry
Posted: 31/12/2020 19:56:53
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I'm paraphrasing, but when I pointed similar thngs out, WCBC said they had other priorities. No ***** were given. Enjoy what's there while it lasts, I would be most surprised to see anything done with it short of things being barricaded off as they decay.

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Wanderings around Minera, Mine and Quarry
Posted: 31/12/2020 22:11:44
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I had similar feelings. I was last there in February 2 or 3 years ago, and a lot of the woodwork looked on the way out then. IP: 86.162.143.146
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