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Title: Ysbryd y Mwynwyr - Spirit of the Miners
Waterwheel at LlywernogWheelhouse, Bryn yr ArianCwm Ystwyth

Restoration of Cwmsymlog Chimney

The £81,000 project to consolidate and conserve the stone chimney as a lasting monument to the mining heritage of northern Ceredigion has been completed.

Cwmsymlog Chimney - work in progress
Cwmsymlog Chimney restored

The project has been undertaken by Trefeurig Community Council. A grant was awarded from Spirit of the Miners worth around £42,000, match funded 50% with Cadw.

The work has taken some time to be completed - it has taken some 20 years to get the project completed but finally it has become a reality for the community. The work itself involved consolidating the chimney to the height it was before the work begun and not to its original height of 40 years ago. At that time the chimney was around 5 or 6 feet higher than its current height when it was struck by lightning.

The chimney was orignally built in 1855 by a Cornish firm. The characteristics of such mining techniques brought into the area by the cornish miners can still be seen today. Cwmsymlog is a site of Special Scientific Interest due to the rare ferns and lichens that inhabit the site. These rare plants and lichens emerged because of the high concentrates of lead in the soil following mining activity. This site was the most productive silver and lead mine in Britain at one time during the 18th Century.

A second element of the project included providing interpretation to illustrate the archaeological, historical, industrial and botanical significance of the site and its surrounding area.

Cwmsymlog Interpretation Point
Information boards at Cwmsymlog

The interpretation point is strategically placed along routes which are currently used by visitors. Both the Borth to Pontrhydfendigaid long distance footpath and the footpaths developed under another project funded by Spirit of the Miners passes near the chimney. Not only will the interpretation point add value to those visitors visiting the area for a specific reason but also to those visitors passing through the area on foot, on horseback or on a bike.

The aim of this project is not only to consolidate a building that symbolises Ceredigion's mining heritage but also to improve public access and understanding of one of Ceredigion's most well known sites.

Approval Date: February 2006

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