Clwyd Metal Mines Survey
(also known as St David's, Lord Hill or Hopewell)
lies in the community of Whitford in the county of Flintshire. It is located at Ordnance Survey national grid reference SJ16307600.
The mine is recorded in the CPAT Historic Environment Record as number 18151 and this number should be quoted in all correspondence.
Lead/Silver (Mid-19th century-1882)
Carboniferous Limestone with chert beds.
Several small companies worked the shafts that surrounded St David's Monastery and St Clare's Convent known collectively as Pantasaph.
The Milwr Vein cuts the northern edge of the monastery grounds and was worked by the St David's Mining Co from 1874-1882. To the north of these workings, the Lord Hill Mining Co made returns for 1853 and the Hopewell Mining Company operated from 1855-1865.
The Prince David Company made returns for the south-west of the Monastery 1891-1903.
Little evidence remains of the shafts around the northern perimeter of the monastery or of those further north and to the west of Mwdwl-eithin Farm in the fields south of Carmel.
The larger shaft mounds to the north of the monastery grounds can be identified at SJ16117617, SJ16257615, and SJ16227625, being to the south of the road as it turns towards Carmel. These shafts are on the Hopewell (PRN 18106) and Lord Hill (PRN 18114)
To the west of the monastery on the St David and Prince David setts, larger shaft mounds can be identified at SJ16347596 and SJ16287594.
The Capuchin Friars first settled at Pantasaph in 1865 on lands of Lord Fielding. Earlier mining activity is probably now masked by their landscaped gardens and friary buildings.
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.
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