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The Industrial History and Archaeology of the Draethen lead mines and quarries

The lead mines at Draethen are probably the oldest mines and industrial sites in Monmouthshire, dating back to pre-Roman times. It's known that in 1665 William Morgan of Tredegar House leased Machen Silver-Lead mines to Robert Standfield of Pentyrch and William Sawer of Llantrisant (though there were lead mines on the Northern side of Machen). The various mines have been worked on and off until the mid-19th century when, finally, worthwhile mining became impossible. The whole of the hillside between Draethen and Machen is a complete jumble of old pits, levels and shafts and well worth exploring.

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North-Eastern Mines     Central Mines     South-Western Mines     The Clive Mines     Maen Llwyd Mines     Cwm Leyshon Quarry

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Machen     Bedwas and Rudry     The Central valley - Caerphilly to Bargoed and Senghenydd     The Northern Valley - Bargoed to Rhymney and Darren

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