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Pontneddfechan Gunpowder Works

Industrial Archaeology, Compilation No.2

Gunpowder box lidBackground

A guided tour of the site and remains of the Glyn Neath Gunpowder Works at Pontneddfechan, South Wales, with former employee Tom Pritchard.

Established by the Vale of Neath Powder Co. in 1857-8, it was taken over by Curtis & Harvey, in 1863. Later merging into Nobel's Explosive Co., then ICI in 1926.

Trespass notice The works closed on 31st December 1931, when black powder was taken off the 'Permitted List of Explosives' (explosives that has been approved for use in coal mines where there is any possible risk of igniting combustible gases or coal dust).

The recording also features Tom's interesting collection of artefacts recovered from the site and is an example of the technique pioneered by I.A.Recordings, of "Oral History With Pictures".

Remains of the Stove House - for drying the powderThe most important content is Tom's recollections of his work at the gunpowder mill, but the sound track is often enhanced by the visual content as he displays his artefacts and shows us around the ruins of the mill buildings.

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  • This compilation has been compiled to preserve the narrative sound.
  • NGR: SE 913 083.
  • £ 14.40 - DVD
  • Running Time: 78 mins.
  • Recorded April 1985.
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  • 'PAL' and 'NTSC' versions available.


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