Image: Lucy Chippindale
This metal assembly stands where it was abandoned.
Here, some kind of metal equipment sits in the tunnel; behind it, we can see only darkness… Most early mines in the South Wales Coalfield were “adits”. These are horizontal mines that are driven into mountains from the valleys, as opposed to vertical mines drilled down into the earth. There were several advantages to this type of level mining; for one, it is a lot easier and safer to move both miners and materials in and out of the mine.