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Hyddgen lies in the community of Cadfarch in the county of Powys. It is located at Ordnance Survey national grid reference SN7822390722. The mine is recorded in the CPAT Historic Environment Record as number 6158 and this number should be quoted in all correspondence.

Hyddgen, CPAT photo                Lead (1873-1880s)

Ordovician Ashgill-Caradog shales and sandstones. The lead vein strikes NE-SW as a continuation of the Dylife lode. Mineralisation includes lead and copper.

The main level is on the east side of the valley near the mine office. Four shafts are visible on the west side of the valley. There are various trial levels opencuts and shafts on the hillsides to the west, south and east of the dressing floors at SN78209070.

There is a small stretch of tramway leading from the run-in level east of the mine office building. Some rails also exist close to the main shaft south-west of the mine office.

A leat approaches from the north to the 40ft (9m x 1.2m) pumping and winding waterwheel near the level on the east side of the stream at SN78349080.

A crusher house was presumably present on the dressing floors but no remains can be seen. The dressing floors overall are poorly preserved.

Other features
A mine office building is to be seen near the level on the east side of the stream at SN78249080. Externally it measures 24x8m with three possible entrances and a 0.5m thick walls. An iron rail can be seen in the rubble of the building measuring 0.2m long.

A cast iron pumping pipe survives in one of the shafts on the west side of the Afon Hyddgen and there are also tram rails out onto the tip.

A small lead mine that includes a mine office (prn23387), waterwheel building (prn8449), at least two shafts (prn48793 and prn66983) and several levels (prn66982, prn48794 and prn66980). See individual prns for further details. (CPAT Tir Gofal assessment, 2004)

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.