Gyfellon Colliery

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cardiffrail

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This small colliery, located next to the main Rhondda Valley road just to the east of Trehafod is one of the few collieries in south Wales with its pithead gear intact. It is a single shaft colliery, with a separate ventilation shaft. On the site, there is the main building, that included the winding engine and presumably also workers facilities. There is also the 'chimney' of the ventilation shaft, the headgear and remains of the loading dock. Other rail-sidings related equipment have been removed and the former sidings are overgrown. Some exterior renovation work is under way, with a new gantry fitted to the side of the building and clearance of undergrowth. The site does not appear to be in danger of demolition and it is possible that it has been acquired by the Rhondda Heritage centre (located at another intact colliery about half a mile down the road). The head of the shaft has not been capped, instead it has been blocked off at natural ground level. The colliery buildings are on a man-made mound. There is no interior access, as the interior is locked and presumably used for storage associated with the refurbishment. It took about 20 minutes to look around.
 

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The photos:

1) the Headgear



2) General view of site



3) Top of ventilation system



4) Pithead Gear



5) New works on the building



6) Down the shaft

 

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Nice looking place, it's a shame so many pitheads have been removed as they're really a big part of our heritage.
 
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that looks class mate...nice find ;)

headgear looks a little like pleasley...although, they all look similar in a way I guess...

turk ;)
 
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Hm Sandrat

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Ah just realised this is my first post, but Iv been there on a proper open trip, inside the engine is in extremely good nick, and strangely was a compressed air engine which they had running on a dinky overworked compressor. the cables have been cut and tied off just inside the engine house to keep strain off the engine itself when running it on open days. From what i heard they want to rebuild the compressed air accumulator and compressor. however aprt fro mthe engine house theres bugger all left on the site. No pics sorry, twas the day i left we camera at home!
 

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i very much like the second pic there, i think because it shows some scale (and it's a nice pic!). i don't understand what you mean by the shaft being blocked off at ground level? i thought that's what capping was, or do you mean filled in with earth rather than covered with concrete?

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THe shaft goes down a little way (bearing in mind that the colliery is built on a manmade mound) and is blocked off (I dont know what by, but probably a concrete shelf). I'm assuming that the block level is approximate to the natural ground level. COuldn't see very much down there really.
 

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