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Plaza Cinema, Port Talbot

The cinema opened in 1940 and has the typical appereance of Art Deco Odeons of the same era despite being fully independant. Some people claim it was due to be an Odeon but they pulled out. I just think they copied the style at the time. The cinema remained in …

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Tower Colliery, Hirwaun

I last visited Tower back nearly 6 years ago. It was sad to see that the site is a shaddow of what it once was. The story of Tower Colliery is one of fighting the system and of great success & local pride. Along with all deep mines, Tower was …

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Bron Y Garth Hospital, Penrhyndeudraeth

Bron Y Garth Hosptial was based on the original Festinog Workhouse that opened around 1838.  The victroian vagrants ward was added to the original buildings and included space for six working/living cells. The workers would sleep on a metal wire bed with no matress. The work cells were used for …

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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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The Cottage, Wales

Located in a really remote part of Wales. A former farm it last sold in 2007.  However its probably 30 or 40 years since anyone lived in it.

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Ystrad Einon Copper Mine, Wales

Ystrad Einion Copper Mine

The mine itself could possibly date back as far as the mid  1700’s but first real records show it was re-established 1871 but production was extremely poor and despite several efforts to make it profitable it closed at the turn of the 20th century.  It produced mainly copper but also …

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Celuan Mill, Talybont

Celuan Mill

Out of the 5 mills situated in Talybont the mill was the only one built on the banks of the River Celuan. It is sometimes refereed to as Heron Mill.  Built in 1847 by the Morris family it prominently produced flannel and cloth. Although originally powered by a small waterwheel …

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Leri Tweed Mill, Talybont

Leri Tweed Mills

Leri / Lerry Mills, situated at the confluence of the Ceulan and Leri rivers produced Tweed for suit making using both water wheels from the river and workers to power the looms and spinning machinery. Little history can be found about the mills but they were built on the site …

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Mid Wales Hospital, Talgarth – 35mm

A little trip to Mid Wales Hospital. The site continues to deteriorate and little seems to have been achieved by the new owners with pushing through planning applications.  This winter might just see most of the buildings collapsing both internally and externally.  Shot on my Canon EOS 5 SLR with …

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Mid Wales Hospital, Talgarth

A nice way to finish 2012, which has been a very busy year away from exploring, was a trip to an old favourite. Mid Wales Hospital. The Mid Wales Hospital was a psychiatric hospital in Talgarth, Wales. It opened in 1906 and was formerly known as the Brecon and Radnor …

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Kinmel Hall, Conwy

Kinmel Hall is a mansion near the village of St. George, close to the coastal town of Abergele, in Conwy county borough, Wales. The present chateau style house, the third on the site, was designed by W. E. Nesfield in the 1870s, and the adjoining Venetian Gardens were designed by …

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Ystrad Mynach Hospital, Gwent

Ystrad Mynach Hospital closed in late 2011 to make way for the new £172m Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr hospital on the other side of the road.  Several of the areas local hospitals closed to make way for a state of the art 250 bed hospital aimed at triggering a major change …

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