Image: Lucy Chippindale
Steel doors frame a chamber full of machinery.
From the steel doors and machinery seen here, we might speculate that this mine was abandoned relatively recently in history. The heyday for Welsh mines, however, was during the 19th century – when mining fueled the Industrial Revolution – as well as the early 20th century. During this time, more coal went through Cardiff Docks than any other port in the world, and the mining of iron and other minerals also made up a significant share of its trade.