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Blaenavon, Wales

the Blaenavon, Wales is part of Cwmavon, United Kingdom.

Interesting places in Blaenavon, Wales:
Time Team Excavation Site Blaenavon   Big Pit - National Mining Museum of Wales
Stack Square  


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The Blue Blue skies of home

The Blue Blue skies of home
Made by neojames
The old home town looks the same as I step down from the train, and there to meet me is my Mama and Papa. Down the road I look and there runs Mary hair of gold and lips like cherries. It's good to touch the green, green grass of home. Yes, they'll all come to meet me, arms reaching, smiling sweetly. It's good to touch the green, green grass of home. The old house is still standing tho' the paint is cracked and dry, and there's that old oak tree I used to play on. Down the lane I walk with my sweet Mary, hair of gold and lips like cherries. It's good to touch the green, green grass of home. Yes, they'll all come to meet me, arms reaching, smiling sweetly. It's good to touch the green, green grass of home. Then I awake and look around me, at four grey wall surround me and I realize that I was only dreaming. For there's a guard and there's a sad old padre - arm in arm we'll walk at daybreak. Again I touch the green, green grass of home. Yes, they'll all come to see me in the shade of that old oak tree as they lay me neath the green, green grass of home. The green green grass of home Tom jones

Blaenavon Ironworks From the Balance Tower 14 October 2010

Blaenavon Ironworks From the Balance Tower 14 October 2010
Made by Cold War Warrior
Blaenavon Ironworks was founded in 1787 by Thomas Hill of Amblecote, Staffs, his brother-in-law Thomas Hopkins, a Staffordshire ironmaster and Benjamin Pratt of Oldswinford. The site was selected because of the coal and iron in the locality, and it was set against the hillside to facilitate serving of the furnaces. Blaenavon became one of the birthplaces of the Industrial Revolution. In 1878, Sidney and Percy Gilchrist developed the Bessemer process at Blaenavon, which was crucial to the world steel industry. The works moved into steelmaking. In the late 18th Century the works declined and finally closed in 1904, reopening very briefly in 1924. By 1970 it was considered a dangerous eyesore, and there were calls for its demolition. Thankfully, instead, the decision was made to preserve it , work starting on this in 1974. Because of its industrial importance, including the ironworks, Blaenavon was declared a World Heritage Site in 2000. Looking across to the 4 & 5 Furnaces and the Calcining Ovens on Furnace Tops from the Balance Tower. See notes.

Blaenavon Iron Works 14 October 2010

Blaenavon Iron Works 14 October 2010
Made by Cold War Warrior
Blaenavon Ironworks was founded in 1787 by Thomas Hill of Amblecote, Staffs, his brother-in-law Thomas Hopkins, a Staffordshire ironmaster and Benjamin Pratt of Oldswinford. The site was selected because of the coal and iron in the locality, and it was set against the hillside to facilitate serving of the furnaces. Blaenavon became one of the birthplaces of the Industrial Revolution. In 1878, Sidney and Percy Gilchrist developed the Bessemer process at Blaenavon, which was crucial to the world steel industry. The works moved into steelmaking. In the late 18th Century the works declined and finally closed in 1904, reopening very briefly in 1924. By 1970 it was considered a dangerous eyesore, and there were calls for its demolition. Thankfully, instead, the decision was made to preserve it , work starting on this in 1974. Because of its industrial importance, including the ironworks, Blaenavon was declared a World Heritage Site in 2000. This is a view of the works taken from near the entrance to the site. See notes in picture.

The Big Pit...  at Blaenavon

The Big Pit... at Blaenavon
Made by welshlady
View On Black WelshFlickrCymru a group that I belong to went on a photoshoot to the Big Pit at Blaenavon in the welsh valley's yesterday....we were lucky to have a good sky in the morning but it was bitterly cold with some snow on the hill tops... Big Pit is a museum of coalmining of international significance. In the context of Blaenavon it provides evidence of the ways in which the coal used in smelting iron ore at the Ironworks was obtained. The supply of coal was one of the engines of the Industrial Revolution and the central element in the transfer from organic to mineral technology. Coal at Blaenavon provided fuel for roasting, smelting and forging iron, for steelmaking, for burning lime, for making bricks, for powering steam engines, and in export for fuelling locomotives and steamships. It was vital to domestic settlement in an inhospitable climate with little timber.

Miners Strike Badge display

Miners Strike Badge display
Made by MuseumWales
Miners' Strike badges From: Big Pit: National Coal Museum Welsh miners took a leading role in UK wide disputes during the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. These National Union of Mineworkers and Miners’ Support Group badges were collected by George Bargolowski of Point of Ayr Colliery, during the 1984-5 Miners' Strike. Thousands of these badges were produced during the strike, by striking NUM lodges and their associated support groups, to raise funds for striking miners and their families. They have now become a popular collectors' item. This image forms part of the monthly 'Curators Choice' series from Rhagor, the collections based website from Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales. What will your favourite item be?

The Blacksmiths

The Blacksmiths
Made by Steve _ Chatman
Big Pit Bleanavon An award-winning national museum that still retains many traits of its former role as a coal mine, standing high on the heather-clad moors of Blaenafon, the tunnels and buildings that once echoed to the sound of the miners now enjoy the sound of the footsteps and chatter of visitors from all over the world. The museum is set in a unique industrial landscape, designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000 in recognition of its international importance to the process of industrialisation through iron and coal production. View My images on Fluidr Better Viewed on Black

tobacco-tin-display

tobacco-tin-display
Made by MuseumWales
Tobacco tins From: Big Pit: National Mining Museum Tobacco tins were very common among miners. Unable to smoke down the mines, due to obvious fire risks, the miners would instead chew 'twist' tobacco. 'Twist' is made from dark- fired leaf, which is then twisted or spun into a long lengths. It was the cheapest tobacco available. Chewing tobacco also prevented the miners mouths from drying out from breathing in the dust-laden air of the mine. This image forms part of the monthly 'Curators Choice' series from Rhagor, the collections based website from Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales. What will your favourite item be?

UK - Wales - Blaenavon Rust sq v2

UK - Wales - Blaenavon Rust sq v2
Made by Darrell Godliman
Abstract of rusting metal at Blaenvon Ironworks. I'd like to take more shots like this but unlike some photographers on Flickr who seem to find such details everywhere they look, I rarely do. From Wikipedia : Blaenavon Ironworks is an industrial museum in Blaenavon in Wales. 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. It is located close to Blaenavon, in Torfaen, which is a World Heritage Site.

Postcard scene, Blaenavon

Postcard scene, Blaenavon
Made by lreed76
One of the few family possessions from my dad's family is an old postcard shot early in the 20th century from exactly the same spot where I'm standing to take this photo. The roundabout is new, but otherwise it's just about the same. The background of the photo is very faint and there's some writing on the back, which is very hard to read. It mentions Aunt Miriam's house on the right and says something about Dockmen's Hall in the background. It wasn't until I stood in the same spot (20+ years after we'd found the postcard) that I realized it was identifying the Workmen's Hall, which indeed shows up plainly in the center background.

miner statue

miner statue
Made by MuseumWales
Miner Statue From: Big Pit National Mining Museum A copy of the statue created for the Industrial Wales Exhibition at Olympia in 1947 for the National Coal Board. The miner is modelled on Thomas Idris Lewis from Seven Sisters, Neath. This model came to Big Pit from the National Coal Board Museum at Nantgarw Colliery. This image forms part of the monthly 'Curators Choice' series from Rhagor, the collections based website from Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales. What will your favourite item be?

UK - Wales - Blaenavon Ironworks - Interior 03

UK - Wales - Blaenavon Ironworks - Interior 03
Made by Darrell Godliman
Blaenavon Ironworks themselves were interesting, if not exactly photogenic, the recreated workers houses proved a good source of photos though. From Wikipedia : Coal House was a reality TV series shown one BBC One Wales, consisting of three Welsh families living for two weeks in Stack Square at the ironworks, using only what would have been available to them a hundred years before. The roles of the family included men working at the colliery and women staying home to prepare food as it would have been at the mining time.

Pig-Iron ingots

Pig-Iron ingots
Made by MuseumWales
Pig iron From: National Waterfront Museum, Swansea The primary produce of the internationally important Welsh iron industry was ingots of cast iron known as 'pig iron'. Many of these were embossed with the names of the various ironworks. This image forms part of the monthly 'Curators Choice' series from Rhagor, the collections based website from Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales. What will your favourite item be?

Wooden False Leg

Wooden False Leg
Made by MuseumWales
Wooden False Leg, 1919 From: Big Pit: National Mining Museum Artificial leg, made in 1919, and used by a miner who lost his leg in a mining accident in Emlyn Colliery, Penygroes, Dyfed. This image forms part of the monthly 'Curators Choice' series from Rhagor, the collections based website from Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales. What will your favourite item be?

Coal Miner's Lockers...

Coal Miner's Lockers...
Made by welshlady
...at the Big Pit Blaenavon, South Wales Valley. Richard Podder Dally born 1868 Starts age 11 River level pit Abernant Marries in 1893 takes home 7shillings a week. Stops work at 79 when illness disables his legs Receives the BEM for 68 years at the coalface Only two of his nine children go into coal mining His son lost his leg in war-time roof fall at Llanhilleth Colliery... Many stories like this on the other lockers at Big Pit museum Blaenavon..

Water Balance Tower

Water Balance Tower
Made by Clearviz
The Balance tower dates from 1839 and was used to raise the trucks to the tramway from where they would go to the canal. The Ironworks iteslf was opened in 1789 and cost approximately £40,000 to build. At its busiest time it employed 300 men and had 3 blast furnaces. Production ceased in the early 1900's and the site fell into disrepair and was maked for demolition. However in 1974 the site was saved and taken into state care. It is now managed by Cadw.

DSC_1826

DSC_1826
Made by WooglePhotography
Blaenavon Ironworks is an industrial museum in Blaenavon in Wales. 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. It is located close to Blaenavon, in Torfaen, which is a World Heritage Site.

Miners Amputation Kit

Miners Amputation Kit
Made by MuseumWales
Amputation kit From: National Waterfront Museum, Swansea. This amputation kit was issued to Dr Arthur Jones who was a medical officer with the National Coal Board. This image forms part of the monthly 'Curators Choice' series from Rhagor, the collections based website from Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales. What will your favourite item be?

Pit Head and buildings

Pit Head and buildings
Made by welshlady
View On Black Big Pit as a Tourist Attraction Big Pit is not a sanitised Disney attraction or a theme park, the pit props and steel bands are not for show but to hold up the roof, the water flowing down the tunnel towards the cage’s is real apart from the fact it now flows down a channel rather than over the miners feet. (wikipedia)

UK - Wales - Blaenavon Shop Interior v2

UK - Wales - Blaenavon Shop Interior v2
Made by Darrell Godliman
From Wikipedia : Coal House was a reality TV series shown one BBC One Wales, consisting of three Welsh families living for two weeks in Stack Square at the ironworks, using only what would have been available to them a hundred years before. The roles of the family included men working at the colliery and women staying home to prepare food as it would have been at the mining time.

Ovens at Blaenavon Iron Works

Ovens at Blaenavon Iron Works
Made by Clearviz
This shows 2 of the ovens. The Ironworks was opened in 1789 and cost approximately £40,000 to build. At its busiest time it employed 300 men and had 3 blast furnaces. Production ceased in the early 1900's and the site fell into disrepair and was maked for demolition. However in 1974 the site was saved and taken into state care. It is now managed by Cadw.



Nearest places of interest:

Big Pit - National Mining Museum of Wales
Cwmtillery
Talywain
The British
  Spice Lounge Indian Restaurant
Nevill Hall Hospital
Stack Square
Time Team Excavation Site Blaenavon

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