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FALLS OF ABERDULAIS
Water of the falls cascades down
Through gorge of ancient sandstone
No deafening noise of industry
No children working in the furnace
No searing heat and poison fumes
Just roaring of deafening falls
Air of energising water spray
Nature with wildlife and woodland
Location ABERDULAIS FALLS , NEATH ,SOUTH WALES.
WelshFlickrCymru photomeet 12th May 2012 . A wonderful day !
Just off the M4 near Neath in South Wales is the site of Aberdulais Falls. The gorge in which the river runs was formed by glaciers during the last ice age. Huge sink holes formed by water flowing beneath the glacier can still be clearly seen. The falls also represent one of Britain's oldest industrial sites. Corn milling, dying of wool, copper smelting and tin plate making have all carried on here over hundreds of years. The first copper smelting works in Wales opened at Aberdulais in 1584.
The falls have been altered considerably by all this activity, and in 1820 a Captain R.H. Gronrow wrote despairingly:
"A natural cascade called Dyllais... was destroyed by an agent to Lord Jersey, the proprietor of the estate, in order to build a few cottages and the lock of a canal. The rock down which this beautiful cascade had flowed from the time of the flood and which has created a scene universally admired was blown up with gunpowder by this man."
A weir was built in 1830 to control this unpredictable, flash flood river. This continues to be used to stockpile water in a header tank, to provide a constant supply of water for the wheel.
It is heartening that, inspite of Captain Gronrow's fears, this place of ancient industry has a great beauty. It now represents something of a balance between man and nature, with all the power needed for the site, and more besides, being generated by the huge water wheel.
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