Oblivion State Member
- Dec 19, 2014
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Been here a few times now and still the place ceases to amaze me, it's as mad as a bucket o frogs!! The water that cascaded down through the mine seems to have stopped flowing, resulting in less bacterial growth and a lot less colour, still worth a visit though.
The mine was acquired by chemical manufacturers, Thompson & Hill, who were in the process relocating their sulphur manufacturing activities from their old works at Wapping to a new and more productive works at Vauxhall in the port of Liverpool. This was to mark the start of a boom period for Cae Coch.Initially mining remained on a small scale with only two face workers and two surface workers employed.
The first pyrites was ready for shipment in June 1821, a mere 100 tons and the result of several years labour.
Production of pyrites from 1821 to 1833 stayed at around twenty tons per month, with almost the entire output being shipped direct to Liverpool. From 1834 production increased to about eighty tons per month until 1843 when it was reduced to about thirty tons per month.