Nantymwyn Lead Mine Photographs - rhandirmwyn
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Nantymwyn Lead Mine

‘Interior of the mining part of Carreg Mowyn where the lead ore is principally carried in boats, through narrow level communications branching from the mines. The boats used in this subterraneous navigation are narrow, sharp at each end of about 5 tons – one man brings out several of these, sometimes using a paddle, sometimes grappling with the rock with his hands, but their favourite method is by lying down on their backs with their feet against the roof, forcing the boat along’.
(Painting by John 'Warwick' Smith 1793, housed at the National Library of Wales)