Sunday, 26 August 2012

Cwm Coke works , Beddau Augsut 2012

This was the last port of call on our 2 day trip to Wales.After a less than sound nights sleep in the car which in my opinion was worse than sleeping at Pool Park the night before we headed in not long after the sun had started coming up ,which would explain some of the shots!Really liked this place and even tho we missed a fewrooms with pipes and gauges as tbh 2 nights sod all sleep and clambering around the walkways in hot sunshine we had had enough and packed up.

Relaxed explore in a great location if you like flaky paint ,rust and big hunks of machinery left around.

visited with SpaceInvader and Obscurity while St0rm caught up on some sleep back at the car..

Borrowed history

Cwm Coke's origins lie with the Great Western Railway and it's insatiable hunger for coal. The GWR sunk pits at the Cwm site in 1909 as well as in other areas of the Rhondda, but Cwm didn't become known for it's coke until 1958 when the coking ovens and associated plant for producing coke and refining the by-products of the coking process were installed. During this time the existing colliery site saw a £9 million investment, by the 1970's the two pits 'Margaret' and 'Mildred' and the coking plant were the workplace of 1,500 men this combined effort produced 515,000 tons of coke per annum. The colliery continued production of coal right up until privatisation of the National Coal Board in 1986.

The coking plant remained in use until 2002 producing the low sulfur coke that the foundries of Port Talbot required


On with some pics...

















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2 comments:

  1. Is this the beddau plant?

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  2. it kinda says beddau in the title mate

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