The Turn of the Wheel

Turn of the wheel – a modern pictorial tour of some key settings

Frongoch mine ruins in the 1980s. The Cornish pumping engine dominates, with its distinct yellow Flintshire brick chimney. Behind to the left, is the older pumping engine and the waterwheel/crusher. To the right is the site of the original mill

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The counting House, where the men were paid. Up from the near side, down from the far side. The garden behind would be where the bargens were struck and also where the Lefel Fawr adit ends.
Now abandoned Trisant chapel
New Row looking towards Frongoch
Frongoch today, the chimney of the Cornish engine fell many years ago in a storm. The scrub area was a lake used to marshall the water around Banc Llety Synod by leats
Banc Llety Synod, looking across the mine past the blacksmith ruins


Now overgrown, the leat that ran around Banc Llety Synod from Frongoch to the Wemyss wheels. Looking West towards Graig Goch mine
The leat is marked by the fence running horizontally from the road
Capel Saeson ruins, south of New Row
Llyn Frongoch, looking north from Frongoch (dam ) end
Miners Arms, Pontrhydygroes. One of many pubs – the only one remaining
Pontrhydygroes village centre
The rebuilt Miners Bridge in Pontrhydygroes

By Geraint Roberts

Stuck in a limbo and desperate to do something meaningful, what to do? That is where writing began for me. A creative way of expressing myself and a chance to harness my wondering imagination. I close my eyes and I'm there. Wish I'd picked 'there' as a warm sunny day on a sandy beach, with the waves gently lapping on the shore...but I have to let the story load in my mind, then watch it unfold, wherever it may be. Currently I'm on a windy bridge, or a Devon beach, or a Cornish ti mine, or a submarine, or looking towards a Hebridean port...

2 replies on “Turn of the wheel – a modern pictorial tour of some key settings”

I found your book in the Oxfam bookshop in Aberystwyth, recently, and have just finished reading it. What a thoroughly interesting and enjoyable book. It certainly brings home, how difficult life was in those days, the camaraderie between villagers and also the tribalism, that still exists in Wales today. It meant all the more to me being from Aberystwyth and having fished Frongoch lake with my father and on my own, from a boat, in the 1970s.

I shall look to find the other two books in this trilogy and hope that I will enjoy them too. Thank you for writing these, Geraint. Diolch yn fawr iawn.


Thanks again for the feedback and the positive comments. I have located the problem of the price, it should now work! If you are local to Aberystwyth, please could you let me know and I can waive the postage costs



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