Bickfest - Weekend 29th - 30thSeptember 2007
Based at Mellington Hall - Country House Hotel, Church Stoke, Powys
In celebration of the late David Bick’s distinguished, highly individual,
and influential contribution to British mining history, the Welsh Mines
Society held a two-day meeting on September 29th and 30th, 2007.
On the Saturday there was a one-day indoor conference, titled ‘The
Lode of History’, at Mellington
Hall, Church Stoke, Powys, SY15 6HX,
on the border of South Shropshire and Montgomeryshire (Powys).
Speakers included Peter Claughton, Simon Dominy, George Hall, Simon
Hughes, David James, Robert Protheroe Jones, Simon Timberlake and Rob Vernon
on a range of topics from remapping the Dylife Lodes via Geophysical Prospecting
to the introduction of gunpowder into mid Wales.
Dinner at Mellington Hall on the Saturday evening, consisted of three
courses and coffee.
The GR. of the entrance to the hotel drive is : SO 253 930
OS or Road
Atlas The hotel is in a beautiful and secluded situation, with its own gardens
and extensive grounds (through which the Offa’s Dyke path passes), with
particularly fine trees, and views of the South Shropshire hills.
The Stiperstones and the Longmynd are near at hand; Ironbridge, Ludlow,
and Powis Castle are easy drives.
On the Sunday there was a walk, led by members of the Society,
to the Bryntail and Pen-y-clun mines, near Llanidloes. At the latter
site the Welsh Mines Preservation Trust have been instrumental in arranging
for comprehensive repair work to the 19th century engine-house.
The conference was arranged and organised by George Hall, and Barry
and Mary Dupree, with Dave Linton editing the conference proceedings ('Welsh Mines and Mining Vol.1'), and
David James and Graham Levins leading the field trip.