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Cabot Tower, Bristol

Cabot Tower was built between 1896 and 1898 in memory of John Cabot, 400 years after he set sail in the Matthew from Bristol and landed in what was later to become Canada. It consists of a spiral staircase and two viewing platforms which overlook the city, the higher of …

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Stanley Mill, Kings Stanley

Stanley Mill is grade 1 listed woolen mill located just oustide of the village of Stonehouse.  Work started on building the mill in 1812 and completed in 1813. It remained in use until 1989 when the majority of the mill was closed down.  Given its listed status English Heritage have …

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Penallta Colliery, Hengoed

Penallta Colliery

Situated near Hengoed, in 1905 Powell Duffryn began the sinking of Penallta colliery, and had employed 291 men by 1908. The two shafts Nos.1 (downcast) and 2 (upcast) were 783 and 750 yards deep respectively, and at the time were the deepest in the South Wales coalfield. The first coal …

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Minffordd Hospital, Bangor

Minffordd Hospital is a small community hospital that closed in 2006. The hospital was built in the aftermath of the 1882 typhoid epidemic that accounted for 42 deaths around the Bangor area. The hospital had a number of isolation wards. It’s currently offered for sale as a mixed use redevelopment …

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Dinorwic Quarry, Dinorwig

The Dinorwic Slate Quarry is a large former slate quarry, now home to the Welsh National Slate Museum, located between the villages of Llanberis and Dinorwig in north Wales. It was the second largest slate quarry in Wales, indeed in the world, after the neighbouring Penrhyn Quarry. It covered more …

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Llanberis Bomb Store, Llanberis

It’s official title is actually ‘Llanberis RAF Reserve Depot (Bomb Store)’  – In 1939 two open quarries were bought by the Air Ministry for use as ammunition storage. The depot consisted of two levels, with access to the lower level by either narrow gauge railway or by truck to delivering …

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