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British Colliery Pumping Engine House

A Scheduled Monument in Abersychan, Torfaen (Tor-faen)

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Latitude: 51.7266 / 51°43'35"N

Longitude: -3.075 / 3°4'30"W

OS Eastings: 325844

OS Northings: 203644

OS Grid: SO258036

Mapcode National: GBR J2.2H6S

Mapcode Global: VH79K.NV6R

Entry Name: British Colliery Pumping Engine House

Scheduled Date: 26 July 1994

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 299

Cadw Legacy ID: MM216

Schedule Class: Industrial

Category: Engine house

Period: Post Medieval/Modern

County: Torfaen (Tor-faen)

Community: Abersychan

Built-Up Area: Abersychan

Traditional County: Monmouthshire


The monument consists of the remains of an engine house, dating to the 19th century. The engine is a Cornish beam pumping engine house built at the British Ironworks by the British Iron Company to drain its mines. The Ironworks began production in 1827 and operated several coal mines in the vicinity. The pumping engine was built in 1845 to assist drainage. The engine house is built of sandstone with round-arched openings and a slate roof. The bob wall is to the south end and contains a large archway for the beam. The interior comprises timber beams, stairs and cast iron brackets and plates.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of mining in Wales. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of associated archaeological features and deposits. The structure itself may be expected to contain archaeological information concerning chronology and building techniques. An engine house may be part of a larger cluster of industrial monuments and their importance can further enhanced by their group value.

The scheduled area comprises the remains described and areas around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive.

Source: Cadw

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