Visited with The Kwan on a rainy Saturday, some lovely bits left in the area and we missed quite a bit so theres always an excuse for a return visit.
The name Ratgoed derives from “Yr Allt Goed”, which means the steep, wooded hillside. Ratgoed mine was also sometimes known as “Alltgoed”. The Ratgoed slate workings lie at the head of what was originally called Cwm Ceiswyr but became known as Cwm Ratgoed because of the quarry. It lies north of Aberllefenni and northwest of Corris in, what is now, the Dyfi Forest.
The slate that was quarried at Ratgoed was the Narrow Vein. This runs from south of Tywyn, on the coast, to Dinas Mawddwy about 18 miles inland and follows the line of the Bala Fault. The Narrow Vein was worked along its length at places such as Bryneglwys near Abergynolwyn; Gaewern & Braich Goch at Corris, Foel Grochan at Aberllefenni and Minllyn at Dinas Mawddwy. The slate at Ratgoed dips at 70° to the southeast, the same as Foel Grochan.
Ratgoed was a relatively small working, it was worked from around 1840 until its closure in 1946.
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I'm sure you all know this place first hand, it was a very popular place and it's had a lot of Urbex traffic pass through it.
Visited with Rusty on a Sheffield day trip back in September 2011
A real cool old place, I'm not sure of it's current status.
Here's a little selection of some of the more random, less-obvious shots from 10 years of exploring asylums.
One shot each from most of the ones I've visited.
Thought I'd try and avoid the obvious shots a little.
(Nottinghamshire Mental Defective Colony, opened in 1930)
(West Lothian District Asylum, opened in 1906)
Main administration block
(2nd Bristol Borough Mental Hospital, opened in 1938)
(Charitable public asylum, opened in 1713)
(4th incarnation of "Bedlam" (founded in 1247), initially for private middle-class patients, opened in 1930)
Admin block staircase
(3rd Surrey County Asylum, opened in 1883)
(Leicestershire & Rutland County Asylum, opened in 1904)
(Swansea Borough Mental Hospital, opened in 1932)
South-eastern view of ward block and water tower
(aka Friern, 2nd Middlesex County Asylum, later 2nd London County Asylum, opened in 1851)
Admin block tower
(aka North Wales Asylum, opened in 1848)
View from ward block window towards admin block clock tower
(Three Counties Asylum (for Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire & Huntingdonshire), opened in 1860)
South east view of main block
(Berkshire County Asylum, opened in 1870)
South-east view of main block
(Cambridgeshire & Ely County Asylum, opened in 1858)
Main elevation (admin block in centre)
(Glasgow District Asylum, opened in 1896)
View from dormitory window
(Bristol Borough Asylum, opened in 1861)
(West Ham Borough Asylum, opened in 1901)
Gallery with cell doors
(Middlesex County Asylum, later first London County Asylum, opened in 1831)
Main corridor in female wing
(Middlesex Mental Defective Colony, opened in 1934)
(Lanarkshire District Asylum, opened in 1895)
Jump-proof fire escape
(former Norwich Union Workhouse, converted into 2nd Norfolk County Mental Hospital, opened in 1927)
(East Sussex County Asylum, opened in 1903)
Corridor network (with random portable bathtub)
(Glamorganshire Mental Defective Colony, opened in 1930)
(3rd West Riding County Asylum, opened in 1888)
(8th London County Asylum, opened in 1902)
(Charitable Public Asylum, opened in 1820)
View from eastern wing
(Dunbartonshire Mental Defective Colony, opened in 1937)
Admin block coaching entrance
(Kent Mental Defective Colony, opened in 1936)
(Norfolk Mental Defective Colony, opened in 1930)
Discarded training material
(Nottingham Borough Asylum, opened in 1880)
(2nd West Riding County Asylum, opened in 1872)
(Middlesex County Asylum, opened in 1905)
Recreation hall (left) and ward block (right), with water tower in background
(Monmouthshire County Asylum, opened in 1851)
(Overspill annexe to North Wales Mental Hospital, opened in 1937)
(Kesteven County Asylum, opened in 1902)
(East Lothian & Peebles District Asylum, opened in 1874)
(East Ham & Southend-on-Sea Borough Mental Hospital, opened in 1937)
(2nd Essex County Asylum, opened in 1913)
Gallery with cell doors
(Norfolk County Asylum, opened in 1814)
(Connaught District Asylum, opened in 1833)
(Newport Borough Asylum, opened in 1906)
Window in day-room.
(Ipswich Borough Asylum, opened in 1870)
"Quiet room" in medium-secure annexe
(Northamptonshire County Asylum, opened in 1876)
Staircase in Superintendent's residence
(Joint Counties Asylum for Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire & Cardiganshire, opened 1865)
Observation room in annexe
(Northumberland County Asylum, opened in 1859)
(Lincolnshire County Asylum, opened in 1852)
Admin block main reception
(Gateshead Borough Asylum, opened in 1914)
(The City Of London Asylum, opened in 1866)
Strathmartin (aka Balvodan)
(Charitable Public Idiot Asylum, opened in 1855)
Eastern side of main building
(Montrose District Asylum, opened in 1858)
Congregation area outside recreation hall
(Joint Breconshire and Radnorshire County Asylum, aka Mid-Wales Asylum, opened in 1903)
View from ward window
(Leicester Borough Asylum, opened in 1869)
Main corridor in ward section of eastern block
(11th London County Asylum, opened in 1915 as Canadian War Hospital, reopened in 1923 as mental hospital)
Geriatric ward day room
(4th Lancashire County Asylum, opened in 1873)
Entrance into ward block from corridor network
A bit of a revisit to see if anything had changed since my last visit in 2014
Well worth a look if your passing.
The Culvert in Ebbw Vale is along the River Ebbw Fawr, a stretch of just over a mile of the river was Culverted in 1937 to accommodate expansion of the steel works.
The tunnel was originally a brick lined concrete arch for its entire length. In places it has raised walkways on either side, it is well documented that someone died in this Culvert from touching a live wire that some metal thieves had cut some years ago.
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