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From: Emyr <>
Subject: Re: [Dyfed] Re. Lead mines in Carmarthenshire.
Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2005 22:11:10 +0100
Ian Wallace wrote:
> "M.J.Stephenson" <> wrote:-
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>> Subject: Lead mniines in Carmarthenshire
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>> Hello listers,
>> It seems to be quiet on the Dyfed list lately. Is there anyone out there
>> or am I missing mail from the list?
>> Has anyone any knowledge about the lead minesof Carmarthenshire? There
>> were some located in Cilycwm parish in mid 19th century and the various
>> censuses record workers as lead miners but have not found anything else
>> about this industry in the county.
>> Diolch yn fawr iawn.
>> Mary Jane
> and Emyr <> replied:-
>> When I worked in Dyfed for the regional archaeological trust (1986-98),
>> the only reference source which covered all the metal mines in
>> Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire was George Hall's 'The Metal Mines of
>> South Wales'. It was the equivalent of David Bick's series which covered
>> the rest of Wales for non-ferrous metal mining - principally lead, zinc
>> and copper. Hall's book was reprinted in the 1990's but I'm not sure
>> what its availability may be at the moment. I have a copy in my library
>> so when I'm home tomorrow I'll get the ISBN for you. Unless of course
>> you just wanted something minor checked in which case I'd be happy to
>> look it up.
> Which inspired me to dig out my copy of the first edition.
> Metal Mines of Southern Wales
> George W. Hall
> Apparently privately published by the author
> Westbury on Severn 1971; no ISBN number of course.
> I do not know to what extent, if any, the reprint was updated.
> There were at various times a lot of metal mines (Pb, Cu, Zn, Ag, Au)
> in the area but the number of large producers was small. Many of the
> mines described in Hall's book were small trials that would only have
> been active for short periods and employed only a handful of workers.
> Some can today be very difficult to locate on the ground.
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Got hold of the 2nd edition now - according to the preface to the 2nd
edition (printed in 1993) the text is largely as unrevised save for some
additions to Pembrokeshire sites for which the author has given credit
to Peter Claughton of Rosebush. Still no ISBN although it may be worth
trying the author's address given as 17a Bridge Street, Kington,
Herefordshire, HR5 3DL. The book runs to 112 pages and is B4 in size so
it should not be too expensive to mail. Basically, the book is a padded
out gazetteer to non-ferrous metal mining in Pembs and Carms and if
you're interested in the developmental history and mineralogy this book
is fine. However there is much less on the social history and working
conditions - you could try Tina Carr and Ann-Marie Schone's 'Pigs and
Ingots' published by Y Lolfa in Talybont. Athough its (photographic)
geographical coverage is Cardiganshire there is a significant section
near the front which focuses upon working conditions in the metal mining