Welsh Mines Society
Cymdeithas Mwyngloddiau Cymru

Autumn Field Meet - Weekend 17th - 18th September 2005
North Ceredigion.  The Mines of the Mine Adventurers, c.1700
The Silver Mines of Mid-Wales (Esgair Hir, Cwmystwyth & elsewhere...)
Based at the Dyffryn Castell Hotel, Ponterwyd
Organisers : David Bick & George Hall

As to the programme of events, this was as follows:
  • Saturday - Cwmystwyth : To include the ancient stamping mill, (for those fit enough to make the ascent), and Waller’s actual accounts of working costs - which have only just come to light thanks to Roger Bird.  These are a revelation.   Met at 11:00, at Cwmystwyth, NGR SN 805 746 ( View OS Map)  Leader : David Bick & others.

  • Saturday evening dinner - 6:30 for 7:00pm, was taken at the Dyffryn Castell Hotel, Ponterwyd.  Menu  NGR SN 774 817 (View OS Map)

  • Sunday
    - Talybont : For those keen to go underground, Roy Fellows had arranged to take those suitably experienced and equiped into part of the Talybont mines.  An easy SRT decent followed by waist deep water took folk into a unique feature in Wales, that of an underground whim circle.
    - Esgair Hir : The opportunity was taken to draw attention to a serious blunder in Waller’s Description of the Mines in Cardiganshire, Blaen Cwmsymlog, Hafan, Bwlch and Pencgraigddu.  Met at 10:00, at Esgairhir, NGR SN 723 912 ( View OS Map)  Leader : David Bick & others.

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