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Ystrad Einion Copper Mine
Ystrad Einion Copper Mine

Ystrad Einon Copper Mine, Wales

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 some small amounts of lead, zinc and silver. It’s rural location has preserved many of its features and the site as a whole is classified as a scheduled ancient monument. In recent years the entire area has been landscaped allowing for public access around the remaining buildings.  There are two accessible adits, the waterwheel is located in the larger of the two.

First visited this copper mine a few years ago when on another trip around the area.  It features one of the two remaining underground waterwheels remaining in situ in the UK. It’s an incredible site both is size and appreciation of just how old it is.

 

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2 comments

  1. Hi, will be visiting this place on Feb 14th or 15th. Is there any special equipment I’ll need ie ropes and climbing gear? Or will just wellies and waders be ok?

    It looks amazing, I really want to see that big wheel in the flesh.

    Cheers
    Matt

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