Info required, mine north west of Minera

royfellows

Active member
Having recently suffered a back injury doing silly things, I have been restricting myself to easy underground walk ins and surface mooching.

Yesterday I visited a site that I had discovered by chance on the OS map, it’s a small lead mine shown as “Lead Mine (Dis)” and “Chimney”. As it looked interesting I decided to take a look.

The mine is on open heath north east of Minera, and south of Bryntalog, at SJ 2307 5373. There is a track heading south to it but I could not find anywhere suitable to park, so rather unwisely decided to get to it from the south by a public path as an entry point to the open heath. In effect I found myself battling through heather and dead bracken to which my legs bear witness this morning.

Interesting little site, the chimney in very good condition although small, possibly restored at some time. The working had commenced as a trench working and then a shaft was sunk, which is well and truly open, merely covered over with a few rotting timbers, a real risk for the unwary. I have seen this on Minera Mountain at one place very similar. Two sets of holding down bolts, very likely base of a steam engine and a balance bob, also foundations of a boiler house.

At this time I can no longer get into aditnow, the font of all knowledge mining, so does anyone have any info?

I have arbitrarily christened it “Nant y ffrith” after the nearby stream.

Spent the afternoon mooching around Minera quarry, from their posting I suspect that Chris JC and Tom had a more interesting weekend.
 

tomferry

Active member
Chris has already written a nice report on our day out I shall let him reply, by the looks of it no one knows about are find , I shall name it parc pot :ROFLMAO: . I have a good lead book shall search for your mine Later.

Regards Tom
 

davel

New member
The site appears to be variously named as:
EAST RHYDTALOG MINE​
Clwyd-Powys Metal Mines Survey CPAT Historic Environment Record: 18115
Mining Journal 1871 pp. 470, 494, 514, 538, 562, 582, 606, 630, 654, 674, 694, 738, 761, 786, 896, 1062, 1110, 1134, 1158​
MAES MAELOR MINE​
Clwyd-Powys Metal Mines Survey CPAT Historic Environment Record: 18115
Denbighshire Historical Society Transactions Vol. 31 pp. 29–46
Foster-Smith, J.R., 1972, The Non-Ferrous Mines of Denbighshire (NCMRS Occasional Publication 5) pp. 26–7
Mining Journal 1870 pp. 779, 799, 883, 907, 926, 950, 971, 991, 1011, 1030, 1051, 1071, 1091
Smith, Bernard, 1921, Lead and Zinc Ores in the Carboniferous Rocks of North Wales, Mem. Geol. Surv. Special Reports Vol. 19 p. 101
 

royfellows

Active member
Thanks people, I have acopy of Smith now that Dave has been so kind as to point me in the right direction.
 

davel

New member
I was interrupted by a person (not from Porlock) at the door ... The full details I have are:
EAST RHYDTALOG MINE​
Mining Journal 1871 pp. 470, 494, 514, 538, 562, 582, 606, 630, 654, 674, 694, 738, 761, 786, 896, 1062, 1110, 1134, 1158​
MAES MAELOR MINE​
Clwyd-Powys Metal Mines Survey CPAT Historic Environment Record: 18115​
Denbighshire Historical Society Transactions Vol. 31 pp. 29–46​
Foster-Smith, J.R., 1972, The Non-Ferrous Mines of Denbighshire (NCMRS Occasional Publication 5) pp. 26–7​
Mining Journal 1870 pp. 779, 799, 883, 907, 926, 950, 971, 991, 1011, 1030, 1051, 1071, 1091​
Smith, Bernard, 1921, Lead and Zinc Ores in the Carboniferous Rocks of North Wales, Mem. Geol. Surv. Special Reports Vol. 19 p. 101​
RHYDTALOG MINE​
Mining Journal 1871 pp. 6, 27, 67, 87, 107, 131, 155, 199, 219, 243, 263, 287, 306, 331, 355, 375, 399, 423, 471, 495, 525, 539, 563, 583, 631, 655, 675, 695, 719, 739, 763, 787, 896, 1063, 1087, 1111, 1135, 1159​

Information taken from Wilkinson's Gazetteer and Biblography of the North Wales Mines and Quarries
 

royfellows

Active member
Thanks people, I have acopy of Smith now that Dave has been so kind as to point me in the right direction.
After a bit of web reasearch. I suspect some confusion over names as "East" Rhydtalog is not logical as the mine is to the south west of Rhydtalog. Also a company of that name listed on the NMRS website gives location as Cardiganshire.
 

mikem

Well-known member
Presumably East just refers to workings that side of the mine, rather than the village. There is a 1971 photo of chimney, before repairs, calling it Maes Maelor:
 
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