Dwellings and landmarks were given names such as the ‘California of Wales’, the ‘Welsh Broken Hill’ and ‘Spain’. The ‘Welsh Potosi’ grew to be so important that it led to a significant change in the future of British metal mining in 1693.
Today, the industrial significance of these hills between Aberystwyth and Llangurig is largely forgotten and the name has long vanished from every map. It is hoped that this book will breathe new life and interest into the once-famous ‘Welsh Potosi’.
Ioan, a director of the Welsh Mines Preservation Trust and Cambrian Mines Trust, has spent many years researching the history and archaeology of metal mining in Central Wales.
His passion for this history, as well as his knowledge, is clear to see in his work, studying the rise and fall of mining, railways and society in and around the Plynlimon Mountains, with many amazing images taken during his authorised exploration of the mines.
This new title builds on the success of his first book published by the Vale of Rheidol Railway, ‘Rich Mountains of Lead’, of which the first print run completely sold out.
A formal book launch will take place on Saturday, October 21 at the Vale of Rheidol Railway, timed to coincide with the 1:30pm train arrival at Aberystwyth, where Ioan will be available to talk about his book, sign copies and answer questions.
The new book is available only from the railway. With the initial print run being limited in numbers and interest expected to be high, early ordering to avoid disappointment is recommended. See https://www.rheidolrailway.co.uk/shop/ for ordering information.
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