Welsh Mines Society

Cymdeithas Mwyngloddiau Cymru

Van, Gorn, Dylife & Geufron Mines
Summer '20th Anniversary' Field Meet.  12/13th June. 1999

 Based on the Red Lion Hotel, Llanidloes (01686 412270) - Leader D.Bick.  As to the programme of events, this was as follows:


The great 'Red Wheel' pit 
(NGR SN 8569, 9399) 
'How not to preserve your Industrial Heritage'! 
Mining Conservation at its best!?
This pit contained what was possibly the largest water wheel ever erected in Wales, some 63ft diameter x 3½ft wide.
 It drove 600ft of pump rods in the Llechwedd Ddu shaft located some 150yds to the WSW of here.  The dark stonework which can be seen on the upper right hand side of the picture is the much decayed remains of the building which housed the drawing machinery - the wheel had sufficient power to haul ore out of the shaft too.

"Hail to the President"

David Bick, founder of the Welsh Mines Society, provides a narrative to the mining activities and remains in 'Engine Dingle'  (The publication held high, being 'Dylife'.  Authored by David some years back.)


 The 'Llechwedd Ddu Engine Shaft'
(NGR SN 8558, 9394) 

The top of the pump rods, which descend some 600ft.  WMSoc. members (left to right) ??, Chris Williams, George Hall, David Bick & Ivor Brown watch on as John Hine (aka 'Mole') tries his hand at mine dewatering - but with little success!

Llechwedd Ddu Engine Shaft or 'How many Welsh Mines Society members does it take to pump out a mine.......more than one!'

Go Underground at Dylife

© Mike Munro
This page last updated 1st December 2000