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Offline Cambrian

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Gorn Lead Mine near Llanidloes
« on: Sunday 20 November 05 13:22 GMT (UK) »

Looking for information on Gorn Lead Mine, located about 2 miles south east of Llanidloes.

Ancestors of mine worked here in the 1840s - 1880s. Did yours, too?

Also looking for any information on the social and working conditions for lead miners and their families during this period.

Any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, is welcome.
Thanks.

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Re: Gorn Lead Mine near Llanidloes
« Reply #1 on: Sunday 20 November 05 15:04 GMT (UK) »
Cambrian,
Can you give us the names of your ancestors? I am aware of an Evan Mantle who worked there and can probably put you in touch with one of his decendants.
Cheers, RuthieB
Jones, Mantle; Radnorshire
Russell, Stonehouse, Agar; Yorkshire/Durham
Brown; Durham,   Little, Cumberland
Morris, Woolley, Owens; Montgomeryshire.

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Re: Gorn Lead Mine near Llanidloes
« Reply #2 on: Sunday 20 November 05 15:44 GMT (UK) »
Not much specific to Gorn, but:

"The afternoon was passed at Gorn Mine, an attempt on the supposed eastward extension of the Van lode."

This implies that operations at Gorn were short-lived and a financial failure.

There is much written about the much larger Van Mines:

http://history.powys.org.uk/school1/llanidloes/mines.shtml

http://www.llanidloes.com/van_mine/


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Re: Gorn Lead Mine near Llanidloes
« Reply #3 on: Sunday 20 November 05 16:07 GMT (UK) »

Thanks for your input.
I already know that Gorn Lead Mine opened around 1810 but was not profitable until the 1840s.
Around a decade later, up to 20 tons of ore was raised at Gorn each month.
 

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Re: Gorn Lead Mine near Llanidloes
« Reply #4 on: Sunday 20 November 05 16:31 GMT (UK) »
Lead mining in Scotland;  conditions of work in the mines (Chapter 4):

http://www.wsharvey.dial.pipex.com/leadandlabour/


Women and mining in Cornwall:

http://members.ozemail.com.au/~jlsymo/CANSW/gilcent/Bal%20M_SelectPP.htm


These sites not specific to Wales, but describe working conditions in Britain that would be similar in the Welsh context.


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Re: Gorn Lead Mine near Llanidloes
« Reply #5 on: Saturday 03 December 05 14:45 GMT (UK) »
You may find something in this site:
 http://www.mike.munro.cwc.net/mining/wms/wmsoc_hp.htm


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Bennett, Owen, Owens, Hudson, Crisp, Challinor/Challoner/Chaloner, Lewis, James, Richards, Simon, Mills, Evans, Trow, Davies, Turner, Beaton/Betton, Lloyd, Jenkins, Evans.....and a ton of JONES!!!!

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