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Nant-y-Car South Lead Mine

A Scheduled Monument in Rhayader (Rhaeadr Gwy), Powys

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Latitude: 52.2348 / 52°14'5"N

Longitude: -3.6328 / 3°37'58"W

OS Eastings: 288588

OS Northings: 260876

OS Grid: SN885608

Mapcode National: GBR YC.17J6

Mapcode Global: VH5D0.Z3B4

Entry Name: Nant-y-Car South Lead Mine

Scheduled Date: 18 July 1997

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1129

Cadw Legacy ID: BR232

Schedule Class: Industrial

Category: Lead mine

Period: Post Medieval/Modern

County: Powys

Community: Rhayader (Rhaeadr Gwy)

Traditional County: Brecknockshire


The monument comprises the remains of a 19th century lead mine including its water-management and transport systems, extraction and dressing processes with their power systems. The mine operated from about the 1850s to the 1880s. The remains include a masonry lined shaft, bob pit, winding equipment, timber ladder, shoring below water level, several drainage adits, tramway, ore bins, picking floors, crusher house, crusher house wheel pit, leat, platforms, jig platforms and circular buddles likely to retain their timber bedding.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance and illustrate our knowledge and understanding of mining technology from a single period. Lead mines 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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