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Title: Ysbryd y Mwynwyr - Spirit of the Miners
Wheelhouse, Bryn yr ArianChimney, TaliesinYstrad Einion

Heritage Weekend Success

A successful mining heritage weekend was held over the August bank holiday organised by Spirit of the Miners and the Welsh Mines Preservation Trust.

Crowd on '5 mine walk'

Mining enthusiasts, local people and visitors re-traced the steps of the old Cardiganshire miners who mined in parts of the area some 4000 years ago. The annual event is an opportunity to share knowledge and stories and to visit sites that would not normally be accessible and notably this year was an opportunity to promote and highlight some of the Spirit of the Miners' successful projects.

The three day event compromised of walks and talks at numerous well known mine sites in the Uplands. On Saturday 25th August Simon Timberlake an archaeologist from the Early Mines Research Group gave a talk on the recent excavations undertaken at Cwmystwyth and explained why Cwmystwyth is currently regarded as the oldest recorded metal mine in the UK. Ysbyty Ystwyth Hall was the location for an evening of talks.

Enthusiastic walkers at Darren

Sunday saw a large group of enthusiastic walkers undertake a '5 mine walk' starting at Cwmsymlog and finishing at Bronfloyd. The walk provided an opportunity to inspect a project undertaken by the community council to restore the stone chimney at Cwmsymlog. Simon Hughes a local historian spoke of the significance of Cwmsymlog as the most productive silver bearing mine in the area and further talks were given by Simon Timberlake regarding the archaeological excavations at Darren mine further down the valley. The day finished with a tour of Bronfloyd Mine, where the Welsh Mines Preservation Trust hopes to carry out restoration work over the next few years.

The weekend concluded on Monday with a talk at Frongoch mine, the history of which is currently being used as a backdrop for the production of a script funded by Spirit of the Miners. The story will focus on the arrival of over a hundred Italian miners in the area which led to industrial unrest, racial conflict and dispute.

Crowd at Pont Ceunant

The day continued with a walk at Pont Ceunant and Graig goch mines. The Pont Ceunant generating station has been the focus of a recent fly tipping clearance project involving Spirit of the Miners, the Environment Agency and the Welsh Mines Preservation Trust. Monday gave members of the Trust an opportunity to return and inspect the site following their assistance in clearing up the site.

Graham Levins secretary of the Welsh Mines Preservation Trust said “This was another successful weekend; it was a pleasure to be able to share our interest in these historical sites with others, especially local residents.”

Ysbryd y Mwynwyr – Spirit of the Miners would like to thank everyone that attended the various walks and talks and for those who led the walks throughout the weekend. A special thanks also to the landowners for allowing the group permission to access these sites.

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