Many years ago, over 40 in fact, I came across a copy of Country Life in a waiting room. Flicking through idly as one does, there was an article about an abandoned mine in the Ystwyth valley in Wales. There was a rather interesting structure shown, and I thought ‘I’ve got to see that!’. I knew it was do-able as my parents lived in Shropshire at the time. So off I went, and the structure looked just as it had in the magazine article:
The valley was deserted, I think I only saw a couple of cars in two or three times I went there. A very desolate, barren landscape. I would park up, and wander about, particularly to get images of this old Slate Dressing Mill, as I later discovered it was. It was fabulously eerie, as the wind would gust through the valley and the corrugated iron of this structure would clank and creak and groan – I would frequently think that there was someone there.
I found out a few years ago that it was dismantled not too long afterwards…. Here’s a view of the mill from the other side:
This image shows a little more of the desolate mining landscape around:
So this is a definite relic of the past, surviving only in photographs and memories. Just wish I had explored some of the mine workings….! I never did, as it would have been too dangerous as I was unaccompanied…I do have some sense of self preservation!