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Posted: 18/08/2018 22:02:04
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Rummaged around Cilan the other day, following the coastal path around from Llanengan to Machroes.

Can’t seem to find much, but It’s mentioned the chimney at Llangengan is an old lead mine & smelter. When walking by, I couldn’t spot any portals.

Also saw many fenced off clusters, presumably shafts south end of Machroes- Penrhyn du. Wasn’t dressed for checking out plus access looked unwelcome.

1880 maps also show a third mine- Ashton. Maps show many shafts but no adits? I could see it’s spoil on its east side but without getting close not much else spotted.

Any details or further exploration by anyone.

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Posted: 19/08/2018 09:50:44
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As someone once said "There is a book ..."

Bennett, J S & Vernon, R W, Metal Mines of Llanengan, 2002

I've wandered around looking for some of the sites but not got underground, though I'm told it's possible to do so in some places.

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Posted: 19/08/2018 10:14:46
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There's an adit for Penrhyn Du close to the beach but it's closed by a wooden door and in someone's garden. The book (which I can lend you if you're interested Mr Mawr) mentions 3 adits.
Did you spot the circular powder house and the ivy covered pumping engine house?

Llanengan - the book marks a "Possible location of Adit Portal". It looks close to the track from The Sun towards Tan-yr-Allt. I used to stomp around the area when I was a kid and never noticed an adit so assume it's well and truly blocked.
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Posted: 19/08/2018 21:27:50
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IF this is where I think it is, some info.

There are 3 adits, two are accessable but both on private property, one is now a small pipe with water coming out that runs onto the beach at the end of the track coming from the old tailings dump.

The one behind the small wooden door in the garden is the new day level, goes about 200 yds to a big collapse, assume the water is backed up behind this also.

The old day level, is on a private beach, and is being cleared slowly at present, goes to a junction, and a stope & a big collapse,again about 200 yds I think , plus it floods when high tides come in, soon it will have a large strong steel gate fitted to keep out pebbles and boulders being thrown into the level by the sea, Probably the reason then for driving the new day level.

The owner of the land is interested in the mine and his sons are helping some mine explorers to clear out the level, though it is slow going & they have only just got started really, and given where it is, it's not that often visited.




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Posted: 25/08/2018 10:41:51
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Very interesting. Thanks all for the feedback. Considering the spoil around Machroes I guess there would have been extensive works underground. And all having stopped pre 1880’s according to the earliest map. Looking from a distance the spoil south of Penthyn Du have many stock fenced ‘holes’. If activity is concentrated at the level, presumably these were unconnected or have become indents by now. No stopes breaking to surface?

Good luck to those excavating.

As for Llanengan, It’s a shame the site hasn’t been adopted by CADW or similar given the majestic chimney.

Thanks Mr Eckerslike... I’d like to take up your offer of borrowing the book for a few weeks.

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