Tuesday, 27 January 2009

ABC Wednesday - B

B is for back at last!! Haven't done this for a while, but pleased to be here again!

B is also for Bryntail Lead Mines. A beautiful place not far from where we live, what's left of the mines lay at the base of the Llyn Clywedog dam, near Llanidloes, Powys.

Bryntail Mine, a Guardianship Monument in the care of Cadw, was worked between the late 18th century up to the late 1860s, producing lead ore and barytes. Visible workings are largely of 19th century date and include 3 main shafts and a deep adit, well-preserved remains of an earthwork incline, tramway track beds, a leat which once carried water drawn from the Clywedog further upstream, substantial remains of buildings including structures which housed pumping and winding machinery, a barytes mill, mine office, smithy and store building, a circular explosives magazine, together with wheelpits for winding and crushing machinery, ore bins, roasting ovens and precipitation tanks, jigger placements, a washing and picking floor area, buddles, slime pits.
(Information from Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust)

The approach to the mines with Llyn Clywedog dam in background



Part of the mine ruins



An old stone wheel



Llyn Clywedog that lies above the mines



A woodland walk close by




Photos mine!

17 comments:

Lene said...

Beautiful pictures from a beautiful place to be :)

ChrissyM said...

Stunning photos! Looks like a beautiful place to visit !

shutterhappyjenn said...

That second to last picture is absolutely stunning! Great shots!


My "B" entry is posted here and here. Hope you'll take a look as well. Thanks!

Fotosekken said...

I like ruins! And your photos. =o)

onangelwings said...

That looks like an awesome place to take pictures. Thanks for sharing

Tumblewords: said...

Informative post and beautiful photos!

ramblingwoods.com said...

I love the wooded trail most of all...I wonder why that really draws me in..I did enjoy the story and the other photos too..

auntiegwen said...

What a beautiful place and you take great photos

Hyde DP said...

Lovely countryside - not beeen there in yonks

Carolina said...

Hi, beautiful pictures of a beautiful place to live. Glanced through the other stories on your blog, very impressed with your actions to care for Blue. Love you for that! Hope it works out!
All the best from Bootswoman!

Mamapippa said...

Waw, it's a beautiful place !
Great pictures, that's what I like about blogging, I can see the whole world on my little laptop !

Liz said...

That walk looks lovely. There's something veyr scary about looking up at a dam like that!

Miss_Yves said...

Wonderful landscapes!

Mirage said...

Oh my, such beautiful photos! I love the Llyn Clywedog best!

ellen b said...

Oh I love your beautiful country! Would love to be walking there. Happy B!

Jay said...

Gosh, those pictures look so familiar to me! And I couldn't work out why .. and then I remembered. We saw a very similar ruin of old mine workings on the Isle of Man!

Dragonstar said...

Oh how this brings back the memories! Lovely post.

I'm also here on behalf of the ABC Team to thank you for posting.