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Offline crickleymal

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Portmeirion
« on: September 27, 2020, 04:50:07 pm »
We visited Portmeirion yesterday and whilst walking around the grounds near the Chinese Lake we noticed and alcove off the path.  There were tree roots over it but my son shone a light and it looked like a passage curving away. Oddly it would be heading towards the sea. Anyone know anything about it?
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Re: Portmeirion
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2020, 06:56:45 pm »
Who is Number 1?

You are Number 6 . . . . and by the way, there's no escape.  ;)

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Re: Portmeirion
« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2020, 07:35:59 pm »
Heh! I was expecting  something like that. 
It is a genuine question though. I didn't think the rock was right for caves there.
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Re: Portmeirion
« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2020, 09:12:17 pm »

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« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2020, 09:46:07 pm »
& continues to the end of the next page...

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Re: Portmeirion
« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2020, 01:22:32 am »
Gravy all the way then!

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Re: Portmeirion
« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2020, 07:42:36 am »
Sorry crickleymal - I just couldn't resist.

But - there was at least an indirect reason why I posted that allusion to "The Prisoner" TV series; I have a vague memory that at least one episode involved actors going into a cave or tunnel. Most or all episodes are on You Tube; anyone who has never seen them might be interested to watch a few and keep your eyes open for shots of caves.

For anyone too young to remember this quite incredible series, "The Prisoner" still has a cult following (see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Prisoner ) . I didn't understand it when I was a young child (and still don't) but at least I've stopped having nightmares about being attacked by weather balloons!

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Re: Portmeirion
« Reply #7 on: September 28, 2020, 08:10:56 am »
The tunnel was apparently in East Sussex:
https://www.theunmutual.co.uk/locationsguide.htm

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Re: Portmeirion
« Reply #8 on: September 28, 2020, 08:18:29 am »
See 3/4 of the way down this page: https://www.aditnow.co.uk/community/viewtopic.aspx?t=10736&pid=2

The one we saw must have been the gold mine.

Definitely not big enough for filming in.
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« Reply #9 on: September 28, 2020, 11:20:31 am »
It sounds like it was a "folly", or decorative garden feature, rather than an actual gold mine.

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Re: Portmeirion
« Reply #10 on: September 28, 2020, 10:14:29 pm »
Could have been but it wasn't very high. You'd have to go on hands and knees or crouched right over. I'd have expected a folly to look a bit more substantial. I think I might have also seen the lead mine in the link above. That was a walking height passage (gated).
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Re: Portmeirion
« Reply #11 on: September 29, 2020, 08:39:57 am »
Before the village was built there was a castle, which was demolished in the mid 1800s, & a mansion was built around the same time (that is now the hotel). When he bought it, Williams-Ellis described it as: "a neglected wilderness - long abandoned by those romantics who had realised the unique appeal and possibilities of this favoured promontory but who had been carried away by their grandiose landscaping...into sorrowful bankruptcy."

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Re: Portmeirion
« Reply #12 on: September 29, 2020, 09:00:18 am »
The gold mine doesn't appear to be mentioned until post WW2, amongst various other follies:
http://www.sixofone-escape.co.uk/portmeirion%20history2.htm

According to the main page, mineral prospecting was recorded in 1820 & the 1836 admiralty chart shows a ventilation shaft to a mining chamber near the foundry (presumably the lead mine?)
« Last Edit: September 29, 2020, 09:18:57 am by mikem »

 

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