Welsh Mines Society
Cymdeithas Mwyngloddiau Cymru

Autumn Conference - Weekend 24th - 25th September 2016
Based at Mellington Hall - Country House Hotel, Church Stoke, Powys
Organisers : David Roe & Rob Vernon (talks programme)

[ Current OS Maps : Landranger 1:50,000 Sht.137, 'Church Stretton and Ludlow'
Explorer 1:25,000 Sht.216 'Montgomery (Trefaldwyn) and Welshpool (Trallwng)' ]

  • Saturday 24th September - Conference/Talks at Mellington Hall Hotel

    George W.Hall
    The conference, entitled ‘The Fascination that is in all Mining’, celebrated the late George Hall’s life and mining interests and was held in the William Morris Conference Room at Mellington Hall.
    The quoted title for the Conference is attributed to the late David Bick who once remarked that it was his friend George Hall who introduced him to, 'the fascination that is in all mining'.

    The agenda for the day started around 9:30 am for coffee, with the conference starting at 10:30 am and finishing at 5:30 pm.  Rob Vernon arranged the speakers, such that the talks covered the many aspects of George's life, from his early introduction to mining, his achievements, the people he touched and inspired, his humour, his interests, and his family.

    Speakers included George's son, Tom who reflected on his father's life;  Terry Evans on his early adventures into Wales with George;  Ivor Brown provided details of George's interests in Shropshire;  Simon Dominy spoke about gold mining that was a significant passion for George.
    There were also talks from researchers on various aspects of Welsh mining, who George helped or inspired, and from those who knew George from his involvement in the Welsh Mines Society and the Welsh Mines Preservation Trust.
    Finally, David James detailed aspects of George's own research on mining, and its frustrations.  It was David who put other un-finished business of George's into words, and edited the publication "Metal Mining in Mid-Wales: 1822-1921", (published by the WMS as 'Welsh Mines and Mining Vol.3'), an account of George's uncompleted thesis for a Master of Philosophy degree from Aberystwyth University.

    Conference proceedings were subsequently edited by Dave Linton and published as 'Welsh Mines and Mining Vol.5'.

    The all-inclusive cost of £35.00 per attendee for the conference included unlimited coffee, tea and biscuits during the day, a two course hot and cold buffet lunch, plus afternoon tea with homemade cakes.

    Delegates numbers were limited by the capacity of the conference room to a maximum of 50.

    For partners and friends who were less interested in mining history, 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 nearby.  Ironbridge, Ludlow and Powis Castle are easy drives.

    The conference venue, Mellington Hall, Church Stoke, Powys, SY15 6HX, is on the border of South Shropshire and Montgomeryshire (Powys), and provides a range of Bed & Breakfast accommodation.
    The NGR of the entrance to the hotel drive is : SO 253 930.
    View road atlas, or 1:25,000 OS Map  (arrow indicates entrance gates).

  • Saturday Evening

    In the evening there was a dinner at the conference venue at 7:00 for 7:30 pm.  Delegates were able to choose from an à la carte menu with main courses around £15.00

  • Sunday 25th September - Field trip to Bryntail and Pen y Clyn mines

    Met for a prompt start at 11.00 am at the Bryntail Mine carpark at SN 913 867
    (View 1:25,000 OS map or road atlas)  This is signposted from the B4518 Llanidloes - Machynlleth road, about two miles NW of Llanidloes.
    The route started at the Bryntail barytes mill, and then over the hill to the Pen y Clyn lead mine (where the WMPT did so much to ensure the repair of the 19th century engine-house, almost 10 years ago) and then returning to the "new" Bryntail lead works.

    Download the conference Excursion Guide, and the SevernTrent 'Clywedog Gorge Trail & Bryn-Tail Mine' leaflet.  See also, six inch OS maps of 1886, showing Bryntail and Pen y Clyn mines.

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