Pontrhydygroes wheel turns once again

Monday, 29 June, 2009

A newly perfectly reconstructed heritage-mining wheel, which in the nicest possible way is a “fake” sits proud now in the popular tourism destination that is the uplands village of Pontrhydygroes. Visitors and community can now see the waterwheel in action for the first time and to celebrate this lovely picnic spot with picnic seating and information board on the mine the wheel was part of. 

Pentir Pumlumon who are current partners of PLWM, headed up this project and it was completed this year in June .The wheel was rebuilt using project money from the Ysbryd Y Mwynwyr/Spirit of the Miners grant, an Objective 1 project that ended in 2008. 

Wynne Jones of Pentir Pumlumon, the wheel project manager agreed it was well worth all the hard work. 

The entire village turned up to celebrate the new wheel and picnic spot and to watch it turning again with water falling down for the first time in over a century.

Everyone cheered when wheel was turned and water actually passed through it and propelled it around.  A trip then took place to local gardens at Hafod and another heritage project in Hafod church, which has a touch screen kiosk so you can look up details of the buried miners. 

PLWM, A Ceredigion County Council project are planning to do a lot more work with Pontrhydygroes village in the future and are hoping to put on a community heritage event to get people together to talk about the mining history and to record the history and discuss heritage tourism opportunities in the area.

At present, the potential for PLWM to help with any funding of initiatives still exists, for more information about PLWM please contact project officer Natalie Moyce on 01545574160 or email nataliem@ceredigion.gov.uk.