Remains are scattered around the forestry commission woods, some obvious, some not so. The tragedy of the site is that little remains of the very imposing Cornish Engine House which stood here for almost for a century until being destroyed by the forestry commission in 1965. Looking at David Bick's drawing of the building, you can only conclude that the sixties were truly unenlightened times for industrial archaeology. What a magnificent feature it would be now in the landscape.
|Possibly the carpenter's shop|
|All that remains of the Cornish Engine House|
|One of the waterwheel pits|
If you find the site intriguing, I recommend David Bick's “The Old Copper Mines of Snowdonia”. It goes almost without saying that the adits are extremely dangerous, with false wooden floors that have been ready to give way since 1877. I wouldn't recommend entering unless you have proper safety equipment, helmets, lamps and SRT gear. On a summer's evening, however, with the birds singing, the woods here are delightful and the ruins have a suitably romantic charm, added to by the sound of steam whistles from the FR a little way off below in the valley.
|By popular request, here is an underground photo of the mine. |
Note the sulphur and Iron decoration on the adit walls. Calcite deposits nearest the camera.