I remember it as if it were yesterday….. / 5

This one is related to my love of ruins. I had seen a photograph of Fay Godwin’s taken near Tanygrisiau in Snowdonia. This was in, I think, 1984, the pre- Internet age. I got my maps of North Wales out and borrowed books from the library so I was pretty sure where to go to find the ruin I wanted (a journey of a couple of hundred miles) and here it is:

I can still remember walking up the slope and coming across the photograph, and walking around the small lake to get the best position. And then walking further along the track and coming across more ruins….heaven!

This old chapel, with more miners barracks visible in the distance:

Chapel, Drovers Road, Cwmorthin, North Wales

and here, a closer view of the barracks

Miners track to barracks, Cwmorthin

I have scanned all these images in from the original negatives, and         have been pleased with how they came out after all those years.

If you go to that area now, the ruins are obviously much depleted…..I have seen images taken by friends.



  1. Decay on a grand scale, Sue. And I agree that the old images came out very well.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. The first image is wonderful Sue. Well done for tracking the place down.

  3. You have done it again. I am inventing lives for all the men and women who walked that track to the chapel. 🙂
    All lovely shots Sue, and the second is particularly moving.

  4. They really came out well, Sue!

  5. Amy

    Well captured, Sue! These beautiful photos do have historical value. So glad you scanned them, and sharing with us.

  6. What an interesting place, rather sad though. I don’t have particularly good memories of Snowdonia, I was thrown from a horse there in 1987!

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