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Cwmrhaiadr lies in the community of Cadfarch in the county of Powys. It is located at Ordnance Survey national grid reference SN75559465 . The mine is recorded in the CPAT Historic Environment Record as number 8451 and this number should be quoted in all correspondence.

Lead/Zinc (Pre 1840s to 1858+)

Silurian Upper Llandovery formation. A lead/zinc vein strikes NW-SE in a quartz gangue.

The main level which was abandoned prior to the 1840s is still visible. There are also two shafts with an adit and trials centred on SN75559465.

There are short lengths of tramway leading onto the spoil tips outside the shafts, levels and on the dressing floors.

The power source was the Nant Y Gog stream which supplied water to the pumping and crusher house waterwhweels.

A poorly preserved crusher house and round buddles can be seen on site, there are also remains of ore bins and a picking/washing floor. The processing machinery was apparently brought in from Brynfedwen Mine in 1858. The crusher waterwheel was made in Newtown and the large axle still exists in situ.

Other features
No evidence.

Very small scale 19th century mine, probably only worked for a few years. (CPAT 1987).

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.