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HAFOD Y PORTH COPPER MINE

Site Details




NPRN
411651
Map Reference
SH65SW
Grid Reference
SH61105073
Unitary (Local) Authority
Gwynedd
Old County
Caernarfonshire
Community
Beddgelert
Type of Site
COPPER MINE
Broad Class
INDUSTRIAL
Period
19th Century

Site Description
A large and complex copper mine operating from probably the early to the late C19th. As well as the central part of the site consisting of various adits, shafts, open cast and spoil tips there are various associated building remains. These consist of a powder house, mine managers house (this is described in a promotional plan dated 1873 as "Manager's Residence, Office, Smithy and Store Room"), a barracks, dressing buildings incuding ore bins, a smithy or drum house and an extensive retaining wall (possibly not completed). The whole site is approached from the south by a well engineered track, revetted in places and with stone slab bridges over two streams. All the buildings, although roofless, are in a very good state of preservation.

John Latham RCAHMW
(from Peter Muckle & Helen Riley 'Hafod y Porth & Craflwyn')
  
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