Yesteryear's magic still weaving its charms : Dolau Cothi Gold Mines.

Miners back in the 1930s
Miners back in the 1930s | Source
Back in the 1930s.
Back in the 1930s. | Source

Dolau Cothi Mines nestle proudly in the breathtaking beauty of our teasured Cothi Valley in mid Wales.

They are the only mines in the whole of the UK to date back to Roman times.

The owners being the Johnes family gave these mines to the national Trust back in 1941.

It is over 2,500 acres and includes a large farming estate;to include nine tenant farms and twenty-four cottages.

Water was diverted from the hills to wash away waste rock which in turn left the gold heavier.


The gold was sent to be made into coins at the Imperial Mint in Lyon.

I have learnt today that this harsh mining enviroment continued in the 19th and 20th century and right up until 1938.

We had a wonderful day out exploring this wonderful gem from days gone by along with Dai's sister Pat and hubby Terry.



Painstaking toiling

Prevails each inner being

Tomorrow's blessings.

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Courage and great strength

Fills hearts with a pride so clear

Tenacious wonder.

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A simple lifestyle

Hard work and honest living

Deep pride and great faith .


Welcome to Dolau Cothi Gold Mines.

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Pat and Terry.
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Many myths have surrounded the mines over the years;one tells of five good men who lived nearby :- Celynnen,Ceitho,Gwen,Gwnog and Gwyno.

A sorcerer who lived in one of the caverns at the mines one night attacked then with a hailstorm so violent ,their heads made dents in the rock.

The sorcerer then took them down to his lair where they still rest just like King Arthur in an enchanted sleep.


Five good men one day vanished

Many cried ;many grieved!!!

Today enchanted their sleep

Another myth to proudly keep.

On our way down to the mines.

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The sad story of Ned Lions.

Ned was a miner at the mines who always worked a hard and long twelve hour shift ,six days a week back in the 1930s.

It is believed that one very cold winter's day Ned was lowered into the ore pass to excavate a long adit.

After an hour or so into the day Ned's candle went out and as this was his only source of light he was left in total darkness!!!

Ned yelled for all he was worth but alas there was no reply!!!

Poor poor Ned !!!

Hour upon hour passed and still no-one heard his cries for help.

He made the decision to climb the slippery rock surface even though he was in total darkness and his hands numb from the cold.

He did manage to get up around halfway before slipping down to the bottom.

At the end of his shift Ned's size 9 boot was found .The miners searched and searched the ore pass bud tragically poor Ned was never found !!!

To this very day many say they can still hear his cries for help !!


Poor Ned was left to die

No one heard his cry;

To this day his cries don't cease

Will he one day live in peace ???!!!

Various machinery used by the miners.

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Each treasured beauty

On the winds of Father Time

Yesteryear compels.

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Drawing us nearer

Proud nostalgia caresses

Treasures so precious.

Oh wow Pat and Dai find gold !!!We are finally rich ha ha!!!

Wow Dai and Pat have found some gold!!!! Ah rich at last !!!!
Wow Dai and Pat have found some gold!!!! Ah rich at last !!!! | Source
OK Pat I can see you ha ha!!!
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Each striking moment

Carries me to paradise

Intentions so sure.

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Deep felt emotions

Playing on yesterday's breeze

Magical moments.

Follow me to enjoy the most beautiful of views surrounding this mine.

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I hope you all did enjoy

Your day at Dolaucothi Mine.

I now return to pan some gold

In the wish to make a dime.

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However if I do not

Not a tear will I shed;

I have memories dear

Forever in my head.


Take care to you one and all !!!

Here's lots of love and hugs from my little corner of Wales.

Eddy.









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Comments 38 comments

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SidKemp 3 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

Such ferny green

surrounds deep darkness;

What is this gold

we must bring

to the light of day?

Beautiful and mysterious. Thank you, Eddy, for more fine inspiration.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales Author

You are so welcome Sid ; I love creating these hubs when I can remember such a wonderful time .To know that other also enjoy is brilliant. Your comment as always so greatly appreciated.Eddy.


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Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

Looked like a wonderful day trip and thank you so much for sharing your experiences here. Loved the wading for gold and that you all were finally rich!! But seriously just looked like fun was had by all. Hope you are having a great weekend and have voted and shared, too!! :)


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James-wolve 3 years ago from Morocco

A very interesting reportage in a very beautiful poetic frame.That is awesome my chwaer.Good job.I like the pictures.I voted up.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales Author

Thank you so much Janine and yes it was a wonderfu day out. Steeped in great historic gems too.

Your comment as always means so very much and here's to wishing you and your family a wonderful weekend.

Lots of love to you all.

Eddy.,


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales Author

So nice to see you on here my James my brawd ;your comment so greatly appreciated and have a wonderful day .

Eddy.


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wayne barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

Thank you very much for this beautiful piece. The photos are wonderful and I am left hearing poor Ned crying.


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onegreenparachute 3 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

What a lovely area of the world you live in Eddy! I enjoyed today's visit very much!

Hugs,

Carol


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida

Eddy, this is fascinating. The land is very lush and beautiful. I have to hand it to you for going into the mine. I'd never make it. I'm highly claustophobic!

Thanx for the wonderful journey!


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales Author

Thank you so much wayne so pleased you enjoyed this one and here's to so many more fo us both to share on here.

I have to agree with you about poor Ned .

Enjoy your weekend.

Eddy.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales Author

Hi Carol lovely to see you as always and your comment always so greatly appreciated . Here's to so many more for us both to share on here.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Eddy.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales Author

Thank you so very much Shauna I am glad you enjoyed this one.The only part I didn't like was that stooping in the mines gave me bad back. Small discomfort for a wonderful day though. Here's wishing you a great weekend my friend.

Eddy.


DJ Anderson 3 years ago

Interesting hub, Eddy. Beautiful lush greenery of spring contrasted by

the cold, damp, ominous mine.

But, you found gold, Eddy. So indicative of who you are!

You always seem to find gold at the end of your day.

Such a positive out look of life! I admire the lady who brings elegance to life's table.

Thanks,

DJ.


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teaches12345 3 years ago

Poor Ned Lions, and he is still calling for help today! Loved your post and the photo tour. It must have been fun, yet a bit scary. Thanks for the lovely time.


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MrsBrownsParlour 3 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

Back to Roman times, wow!! This is a great blend of history, storytelling, poetry and trip photos---I feel like I went on the tour. Thank you! :-)


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales Author

Your words DJ mean so very much and here's to so many more hubs for us both to share on here.

Have a great day

Eddy


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales Author

You are so welcome Dianna and here's to so many more hubs for us both to share on here . Enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales Author

So glad you enjoyed yourself MrsBrownsParlour;your comment as always so greatly appreciated. Have a great weekend.

Eddy.


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cleaner3 3 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

Eddi, thanks for taking me along on this wonderful experience.. did you find gold ?

I saw that big golden rock ..was it real?

wow, this was so cool Eddi.. Thanks for ride along .. looks like you had a good time .

Michael


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Gypsy Willow 3 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

Great interesting hub. So beautiful, but Wales is beautiful isn't it?


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales Author

Thank you for stopping by Michael;so glad you liked this one !!It would be wonderful if the rock was made of gold but sadly .............

Enjoy your weekend.

Eddy.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales Author

Thank you so much Gypsy Willow and yes you are right Wales is beautiful.

Enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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Annie Miller 3 years ago from Wichita Falls, Texas

Your Hubs are so interesting and informative - to say nothing of the beautiful photographs that accompany your verse. Such a lovely way to get to know you and Wales. Thank you!


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales Author

Thank you so very much Annie ;your comment is so greatly appreciated. Here's to so many more hubs for us both to share on here.

Eddy.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

I have always wanted to pan for gold, you lucky girl! Loved your poetry and pictures. Thank you for another grand tour.....


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

Wonderful pictures, Eddy....and miners are truly people to be admired because they risk their lives to earn a living for themselves and their families everyday. Thanks for sharing!


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Amazing. I pray, by now, you know how much I appreciate you showing off your Wales.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. Just fascinating Eddy and those pics are incredible. Passing this on.


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kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

I love your pictures, Eddy! Very interesting pictures about the gold mining and what a sad story indeed for poor Ned!

Thank you for bringing us in your adventure in search of gold! It's nice to see you take time to enjoy life... I think it's where the real gold is :-)


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aviannovice 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

Nothing harder than the life of a miner. My grandfather was a coal miner in Pennsylvania in the U.S.


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

What great pictures, made me want to be there! I have always wanted to pan for gold and there are places not too far off that I can if ever it gets warm and I get someone to take me there and share in the experience. You live in a very beautiful place! Up and sharing.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales Author

Thank you so vey much to

RUBY

MICHELLE

MARTIN

RASMA

KIDSCRAFT

BILLY

DEB

JACKIE

for each and every wonderful comment.

Have a wonderful day to one and all.

Eddy.


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AliciaC 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Thank you for the lovely and very interesting tour of the mine, Eddy. Thanks for sharing the photographs of the area around the mines, too. The countryside is beautiful!


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales Author

Thank you so very much Alicia and your comment is so greatly appreciated. Glad you enjoyed your visit and have a great day.

Eddy.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

What a treasure of pictures and memories. I felt as if I were there myself. Thanks fro sharing .Sharing this.


SilverGenes 3 years ago

The photos are lovely and it feels almost as if I am there with you on this excursion. Everything is so lush and green! It's amazing to me that there are mines dating back so far in history and your journey into the mines must have been rather exciting, to say the least. My father-in-law was a coal miner in Wales and he started work at the age of eight. It's hard for us to imagine such a life now.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales Author

Thank you so very much to you rajan for takig the time to stop by and comment. Here's to so many more hubs for us both to share on here.

Eddy.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales Author

Thank you so very much SilverGenes and here's to so many more for us both to share on here.

Eddy.

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