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Aug 22, 2015 - Blaenavon Ironworks

We had visited the Big Pit at Blaenavon on our last visit to the Brecon Beacons but did not have time to visit the nearby historic ironworks. As the weather wasn’t very good we decided that today was the ideal day to visit. The ironworks was of crucial importance in the development of the ability to use cheap, low quality, high sulphur iron ores worldwide. It was the site of the experiments by Sidney Gilchrist Thomas and his cousin Percy Gilchrist that led to "the basic steel process" or "Gilchrist-Thomas process”. As we explored the ruins...

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Apr 27, 2015 - Big Pit

After almost two weeks of warm sunny weather we woke up to cold and wet weather. We decided therefore to head Blaenavon a UNESCO World Heritage Site which protects highlights the history of the coal mining and iron industries of the south Welsh valleys. The main focus of the area is the Big Pit is an old coal mine now turned into a museum. Driving to Blaenavon we drove through the bleak moorland of the south Wales valleys stopping above the town at the Keepers Pool a manmade pool which used as a reservoir for the iron industry. We made our...

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