Merthyr Tydfil Journals

A Day Out - Past and Present

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An August 2006 trip to Merthyr Tydfil by MichaelJM

Big Pit: National Coal Museum Photo, Monmouth, Wales More Photos
Quote: Starting at the Big Pit, we drove down the valley towards Nelson to visit a 16th-century manor house during a packed but interesting day.

Llancaiach Fawr Manor

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Attraction | "A Trip to Llancaiach Fawr Manor"

Llancaiach Fawr Manor Photo, Caerphilly, Wales
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Browsing the tourist information centre leaflets, we stumbled across the details of Llancaiach Fawr Manor, which encouraged us to step back in time and explore the manor house with the help of the resident servants. It sounded a novel experience, and one we decided we were up for.We went to Blaenafon, an industrial town that was developed in the heart of rural Wales out of the riches of mined Ironstone and coal. Somehow it seems to have hung onto its rurality, but nowadays that sad bleakness about the place...it kind of lacks vitality. It's hard to explain, but you’d feel it if you visited this and other similar pit villages in Wales. Passing through Merthyr Tydfil, we travelled south to Nelson, st...Read More

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Llancaiach Fawr Manor
Gelligaer Road
Nelson, Treharris, Wales CF46 6ER
01443 412248

Llancaiach Fawr Manor

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Attraction | "Back to the Future!"

Llancaiach Fawr Manor Photo, Caerphilly, Wales
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As we approached the entrance to Llancaiach Fawr Manor, we were welcomed at the door by three of his master’s servants. They checked out our letters of introduction and then inquired "from whence we came." Holidaying in the area, I momentarily forgot the town of our temporary abode and the head servant questioned whether we were "true gentlefolk." Indeed, she suggested that I might need to remain in the "crossing room" to undergo the assessment that many "previous travellers" had been put through. Apparently all guests, unless they were obviously of "good breeding," were offered sustenance on arrival, and the way they devoured the food enabled the welcoming committee to decide whether or not they coul...Read More

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Llancaiach Fawr Manor
Gelligaer Road
Nelson, Treharris, Wales CF46 6ER
01443 412248

Llancaiach Fawr Manor

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Attraction | "Llancaiach Fawr Manor – the Upper Residence"

Llancaiach Fawr Manor Photo, Caerphilly, Wales
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Somewhat out of character, a modern spiral staircase leads from the first to the second floor, and at the top of this contraption, partially hidden behind an old piece of furniture, was a modern demisting unit. I was now determined to break the servant’s role play and asked what these items were. He looked me straight in the eye and replied, "I know not what manner of modern gadgetry our master brings back to his house. He does mix with many landed gentry, and peradventure, he stumbled upon these inventions on his travels. He always was ahead of his time! Now let me show you the mistress’ boudoir."We left the children’s room with it period furniture to her lady’s room, and then to the m...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 21, 2006

Llancaiach Fawr Manor
Gelligaer Road
Nelson, Treharris, Wales CF46 6ER
01443 412248

Big Pit: National Coal Museum

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Attraction | "Mining in Wales Big Pit (on the surface)"

Big Pit: National Coal Museum Photo, Monmouth, Wales
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Living in Nottingham, you’ll be surprised to learn that I’ve never been down a pit before, so when we saw sign for "The Big Pit," I thought it was an opportunity not to miss. Having obtained our admission ticket for the princely sum of £0.00, we joined the queue of tourists to enter the pit. The museum staff have attempted to make this wait fairly painless with a variety of old photos adorning the wall, some information plaques, and a basic video. I read that Blaenafon is "remarkable because everything required to make iron was here and easy to mine." Coal has been mined here since Medieval times, and to begin with, it was easily picked from the surface. However, the area came into its ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 21, 2006

Big Pit: National Coal Museum
M4 at Junction 26
Blaenafon, Torfaen NP4 9XP
(029) 2057 3650

Big Pit: National Coal Museum

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Attraction | "Mining in Wales - Big Pit (down below)"

Big Pit: National Coal Museum Photo, Monmouth, Wales
Quote:
Living in Nottingham you’ll be surprised to learn that I’ve never been down a pit before, so when we saw sign for "The Big Pit" I thought it was an opportunity not to miss. Having obtained our admission ticket for the princely sum of £0.00 we joined the queue of tourists to enter the pit. The museum staff have attempted to make this wait fairly painless with a variety of old photos adorning the wall, some information plaques and a basic video. I read that Blaenafon is "remarkable because everything required to make iron was here and easy to mine". Coal has been mined here since Medieval times and to begin with it was easily picked from the surface. However, the area came into its own in...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 21, 2006

Big Pit: National Coal Museum
M4 at Junction 26
Blaenafon, Torfaen NP4 9XP
(029) 2057 3650

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MichaelJM

MichaelJM
Nottingham, England