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Top Eisteddfod

Top Eisteddfod lies in the community of Minera in the county of Wrexham. It is located at Ordnance Survey national grid reference SJ24805250. The mine is recorded in the CPAT Historic Environment Record as number 104274 and this number should be quoted in all correspondence.

Lead (18th-19th century)

Carboniferous Limestone.

The Top Eisteddfod area covers the area to the east of Bryn Eithin (SJ24655255) and to the north of the Quarry. The early mining landscape reveals shallow workings where the limestone outcrops. The sett appears to have worked the Hush Vein in a line of shafts that continue northwards from the large open-cut workings of the Hush Vein, which runs north from the Ragman sett at the entrance road to the Quarry. The 2nd edition 1:2500 for 1899 shows an old shaft at SJ24705265, but no evidence remains in this field. A single shaft can be located to the north of the road at SJ24645271, but no other workings are evident in this northern part of Eisteddfod Mountain. The line of shafts and spoil heaps run north-east to south-west and are accompanied by a leat which has now become the public footpath. The large open-cut workings surround SJ24745245 and an adit level was located at SJ24825252. The earthworks of a small reservoir, with sluices visible for the passage of the leat was located at SJ24925250. The Quarry Buffer Zone has been extended and further workings may have been destroyed. Any workings on the Rock Vein or the Craig-Boeth Vein have been lost to quarrying.

No evidence.

A leat system runs through this sett and also circumvents Eisteddfod Mountain via Steddfod Pool at SJ24925265, running through Twelve Apostles and Eisteddfod setts.

To the south-east of the earthwork reservoir at SJ24965248, are the remains of a stonework ore bin with its adjacent shaft.

Other features
The ruins of a possible shelter or stores, now roof-less remain at SJ25805270.

This HTML page is reproduced from the Powys and Clwyd Metal Mine Surveys which were undertaken between May 1992 and December 1993 by Mark Walters and Pat Frost of the Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust with financial support from Powys County Council, Clwyd County Council and Cadw: Welsh Historic Monuments. Further information about this site is available in CPAT's Regional Historic Environment Record.
Page produced by Rachel Stebbings and Chris Martin.