|Looking outbye from the crosscut.|
The rock here is not particularly hard, although it is very sulphurous and rich in iron. Just not rich enough to turn a profit. The two miners made good headway and started to cut across and up. Sadly, it all came to nothing and to quote David Bick:*
"At a special shareholder's meeting in March 1862, a Mr Timothy, a shareholder, observed that there was ore neither in the shaft, stopes, winzes or ends and concluded that the mine was a 'Will o' the Wisp.' "
As with many of these ventures, I can only wonder at the financial embarrassment suffered by the hapless backers, not to mention the hardship for the miners and their families upon the financial collapse of the mine. It would probably be scant consolation to them to know that their quixotic enterprises offer us mine explorers a great deal of pleasure.
|Poppa Smurf, about to set up another photo...|
Looks like another trip to the miner's emporium will have to be made.
*"The Old Copper Mines of Snowdonia", David Bick - Out of print, but copies turn up on Ebay, especially as it was reprinted by Bargain Books a couple of years ago. Now what was the thinking behind that? (Not that I'm complaining, perhaps they could think about reprinting "The Mines of Gwydir" now?)
Petra's photos are here.
|In the crosscut, leading to the stope.|
|Becoming a bit of a squeeze now...|
|Looking out to Moonlight|
|Looking towards Bwlch-y-Plwm in the moonlight.|
|Why the long face? A mineral flow in one of the passages.|