Welsh Mines Society
Cymdeithas Mwyngloddiau Cymru

Autumn Field Meet - Weekend, 20th - 21st September 2003
Shropshire : Lead Mines, Collieries, and Smelting Works
Based at the Dolforwyn Hall Hotel
Organisers : Dr. Ivor Brown & George Hall

 As to the programme of events, this was as follows :

  • Saturday, 20th September - Pontesford Collieries and Snailbeach Mines

    Met at 10:30 a.m. at the Nag's Head, which can be found on the A488, midway between Pontesford and Pontesbury, at NGR SJ 405 061 (View OS Map)  Members had the choice of the following activities :

    • Surface Walks : A visit to Pontesford Collieries Engine Houses and Smelting Works.  After lunch a walk was taken round Snailbeach mine, where several of the old mine buildings were open for inspection, (a collection being made for Trust funds) and some members took a short trip into the Day Level, to see the Engine Shaft.  The Lords Hill area was explored, after which some members took a brief trip into Perkins Level.  The walk was continued along the old railway line to Crows Nest and back past the most recent remains of the dressing plant.  Finally a short drive was taken to view the scant remains of Bog Mine.
    • Underground Trip : Exploration of the upper workings at Snailbeach Mine, (accessed via Perkins Level, exploring down to The Forty Yard level), involving SRT, ably led by members of the SC&MC.

    For more info on the Snailbeach Mines visit the Shropshire Mines Trust.

  • Saturday Evening - Dinner at the Dolforwyn Hall Hotel, Abermule, Montgomery, Powys.  Download the Menu.   Discussions were held regarding the impending insurance problems.
  • Sunday 21st September - Grits & Gravels mines and Huglith Mine

    Again members had the choice of the surface or underground activities, as follows :

    • Surface Walks : Met at 10:30 a.m. by the A488, at NGR SO 319 980 (View OS Map), by courtesy of Mr. J. Delves.  A walk was taken over West, East, and Old Grit mines, (by courtesy of Messrs. Delves and M. Pope), where fine engine houses were to be found.
      In the afternoon, we met on the old dumps of East Roman Gravels mine, on the east side of the A 488, at NGR SJ 336 004 (View OS Map), (by courtesy of Mr. A. Gough), for a walk over East Roman Gravels (Wood Sett) and Roman Gravels.

    • Underground Trip : A trip into Huglith mine (a few miles to the east), hosted by SC&MC, was available for those with the necessary SRT experience.

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