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Cwmystwyth - Level Fawr
Posted: 24/03/2016 15:16:18
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Hi,
RE. the Skip in Level Fawr:
Is there just the one skip and does it still
have wheels?

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Posted: 24/03/2016 17:04:53
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Harvey wrote:

Hi,
RE. the Skip in Level Fawr:
Is there just the one skip and does it still
have wheels?



Yes, just the one, its in a chamber to the right of the adit.

One axle was removed before CMT bought the mines, possibly railway enthusiasts or similar. Anything taken now will of course be theft, and car numbers are being noted just in case. "The hills have eyes".

There has been a lot of recent cases of artefact theft, all the wheels have gone missing from a truck in Wheal Sterran, and then of course there was the Balls Green Quarry incident.

Then there was the truck from Maenofferen, the steam engine from Wrysgan, and whatever else.

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Posted: 24/03/2016 18:33:27
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The self-acting skip has been missing one of its pairs of wheels since before I first saw it in 1981. That far back, its more likely they were removed when the mine was being salvaged / scrapped than by mine explorers.

Until the early 1990s the skip used to sit in the adit cross cut near the drilling chamber then some strong folk must have dragged it out of the worst of the water and into the chamber. Subsequent further lowering of the water level in the adit cross cut in the mid 1990s resulted in the floor of the chamber becoming dry and since then the skip has sat out of the standing water.

The drilling chamber dates from the late 1920s when S.J.S.Hughes "The Cwmystwyth Mines" (BM17), 1981, p.42, records that "some diamond drilling was done in Level Fawr and the Kingside Adit". There used to be a couple of enamelled steel light shades in the chamber which would fit well with a 1920s date. The drill hole is in the north end of the chamber floor. Until the 1990s it had a removeable wooden plug in it which, when removed, revealed a clear drill hole. It became blocked by stones and debris in the 1990s. The drillhole crosses the southernmost branch difted on by the Kingside Adit - the steel casing crosses the drift diagonally across its width. The height of the chamber was to enable drill rods to be lifted out and changed.

The capped top of a drillhole can be seen in the Kingside Adit. It lies between the rails of the crosscut southwards that leads to the drill casing mentioned above. The cap terminates in a 3/4 inch pipe socket from which a slight pressure of ground water emerges. Blowing really hard down the pipe for a number of breaths results in a long gurgle, a delay during which no water emerges, and then a fountain a couple of inches high for 10 to 20 seconds, before the normal low flow is resumed. This hole appears to roughly vertical.
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