Cwm Ystradllyn slate mill

by Sadhya Rippon October. 17, 2010 3478 views

The impressive three-storeyed Ynys-y-pandy slate processing works, which served the Gorseddau Quarry, was built in 1856-7 by Evan Jones of Garndolbenmaen and probably designed by James Brunlees. It is ingeniously planned so that the natural fall of the site assisted the manufacturing process. A deep trench inside accommodated a large overshot water wheel (26 ft (8m) in diameter), and on the south side a long curving ramp brought the tramway from Gorseddau Quarry. The grand, round-headed openings are closely spaced like a Roman aqueduct. At the eastern end some decoration is allowed to adorn the openings; otherwise the construction is bold and plain but none the less impressive.

The mill specialised in the production of slate slabs for floors, dairies, troughs, urinals, etc. In its heyday in 1860, it was producing over 2,000 tons, but seven years later, production was down to 25 tons (due to poor quality of the quarried slate) and the business went into liquidation in 1871. The building provided a venue for eisteddfodau* until the roof was removed around 1906.
*Eisteddfodau which literally means sitting together
is a Welsh festival of literature, music and performance

Hope you have been enlarging some of these!

There is the remains of a Buzzard's nest up in the circular hole at the top.

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Nancy 6 years, 7 months ago

Magnificent post!! Especially the the fourth the tree below and the landscape above:)) Well done!

6 years, 7 months ago Edited
Davorka ČEoviä‡ 6 years, 7 months ago

Fabulous place and pictures!

6 years, 7 months ago Edited
Hanna Westesson 6 years, 7 months ago

Wonderful photos and a wonderful place, I'd like to go there!

6 years, 7 months ago Edited
Vania Gianese 6 years, 7 months ago

Fabulous construction, so well described! I'm really impressed!

6 years, 7 months ago Edited
Hong S 6 years, 7 months ago

its cool....

6 years, 7 months ago Edited
Jennye 6 years, 7 months ago

I love all of these!!

6 years, 7 months ago Edited
Paul 6 years, 7 months ago

What an impressive building!! Lovely framing in #4.

6 years, 7 months ago Edited
Kate 6 years, 7 months ago

Fabulous information and fantastic shots... I had enlarged #3 before I got to your explanation..trying to work out what was in the oriel recess.

6 years, 7 months ago Edited
Goldbrandi 6 years, 7 months ago

Nice shots!

6 years, 7 months ago Edited
Nadoune 6 years, 7 months ago

Gorgeous shots !!!

6 years, 7 months ago Edited
Darlene Foster 6 years, 7 months ago

Great shots and information! What an impressive building it is, even without it's roof!

6 years, 7 months ago Edited
Ricardo 6 years, 7 months ago

What really amazes me is the welsh language. seems so damn hard!
and so different!
I thought it would be similar to english, but no way!
by the way the shots are nice and worth enlarging!

6 years, 7 months ago Edited
Milton Jacob 6 years, 7 months ago

really impressive. love your framings especially #4.

6 years, 7 months ago Edited
Saku 6 years, 7 months ago

Very beautiful captures. (Thank you so much for sharing interesting information about this place.)

6 years, 7 months ago Edited
Mikkal Noptek 6 years, 7 months ago

Wonderful place and pictures

6 years, 7 months ago Edited
Andrea 6 years, 7 months ago

Fantastic, great work!

6 years, 7 months ago Edited
Juhász Imre 6 years, 7 months ago

Very nice set, the #3 is a great composition!

6 years, 7 months ago Edited
Jet28 6 years, 7 months ago

Wonderful set - what a glorious day!

6 years, 7 months ago Edited
Finbarr 6 years, 7 months ago

Awesome shots !!!

6 years, 7 months ago Edited
Moein Shakib 6 years, 7 months ago

wow.
exelent. very nice place...
so beautiful...

6 years, 7 months ago Edited
Stefan Fletcher 6 years, 7 months ago

I would be so happy if at least some of the letters used to write Welsh equated, if only obliquely, with the sounds they represent... For all I know, "Eisteddfodau" is pronounced "jeff". I think some ancient literate Welsh bard and an Gaelic counterpart got together to annoy those irritating Angles and Saxons in future revenge for all their wrongdoings. It's languages like Welsh that tend to confirm that lovely Shavian remark about a language being merely a dialect with a large army and navy attached.

I do like this entry, Sadhya. The builds look much older and more weathered than one would think from only 150 years ago. Must be the missing roof and abbey-like appearance.

6 years, 7 months ago Edited
Huiching 6 years, 7 months ago

Very beautiful ancient castle with blue sky!

6 years, 7 months ago Edited
David Cardona 6 years, 7 months ago

Superb!

6 years, 7 months ago Edited
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