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Thars Gold in Tham Thar Hills!

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This is a record of a brief visit to the defunct Prince Edward goldmine at Bwlch Llu, Trawsfynydd. The goldmine is part of the Meirionnydd gold belt, Gwynfynydd which is about 6 miles south being the most famous. Prince Edward mine was originally known as Moel y Croesau (Hill of Crosses) named after the nearby hill of the same name. The mine started operating circa 1895 and worked on and off until 1935. The highest output was recorded between 1911 - 1912, with 123 tons of gold ore yielding 278 ounces of gold. Princess Marina's wedding ring was made partly from gold from here and the gold in the regalia of the Prince of Wales' investiture in 1911 also came from here. More recently, Princess Sophie's (Rhys-Jones)wedding ring was produced from Moel y Croesau gold.
Because of its remoteness the workmen stayed in the barracks during the week, returning to their families at the weekend. The magazine or powder house is where the explosives were kept, well away from the mine and barracks and with a well constructed "blast wall" surrounding its lower elevation.
Bwlch Gwyn 1.JPG
Bwlch Gwyn 1.JPG
Skull  Post
Skull Post
Reception Committee
Reception Committee
Sign?
Sign?
What sign?
What sign?
This sign!
This sign!
Long wall 1
Long wall 1
Long wall 2
Long wall 2
Barracks 1
Barracks 1
Barracks 2
Barracks 2
Barracks 3
Barracks 3
Inside Barracks 1
Inside Barracks 1
View From Barracks
View From Barracks
Inside Barracks 2
Inside Barracks 2
Inside Barracks 3
Inside Barracks 3
Rusty Anchor Bolt
Rusty Anchor Bolt
Bolts
Bolts
Concrete Bases
Concrete Bases
IMG_2615A.JPG
IMG_2615A.JPG
Circa 1950's
Circa 1950's
Lower Adit
Lower Adit
Lower Adit 1
Lower Adit 1
Upper Adit
Upper Adit
Upper Adit
Upper Adit
Magazine 1
Magazine 1
Magazine 3
Magazine 3
Magazine 5
Magazine 5
Magazine 6.JPG
Magazine 6.JPG
Magazine 10.JPG
Magazine 10.JPG
Magazine 8.JPG
Magazine 8.JPG
Arenig in Distance
Arenig in Distance
Ford Across Afon Llafar
Ford Across Afon Llafar
Afon Llafar and Sheepfold
Afon Llafar and Sheepfold
Sheepfold.JPG
Sheepfold.JPG
Track to Bwlch Llu
Track to Bwlch Llu
Trial Excavation.JPG
Trial Excavation.JPG
Land Rover.JPG
Land Rover.JPG
Dolau
Dolau
Dolau Front
Dolau Front
Dolau Rear (Circa 1950s)
Dolau Rear (Circa 1950s)
Dolau - Outside Lavatory
Dolau - Outside Lavatory
Used to be a Two-seater!
Used to be a Two-seater!
Green Fields
Green Fields
Dolau 2.JPG
Dolau 2.JPG
The Leaning Wall of Dolau
The Leaning Wall of Dolau
IMG_2464B.JPG
IMG_2464B.JPG
IMG_2447C.JPG
IMG_2447C.JPG
Dolau 7.JPG
Dolau 7.JPG
Dolau 11.JPG
Dolau 11.JPG
Dolau 13.JPG
Dolau 13.JPG