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CWM PELENNA COLLIERY VENTILATION FURNACE
Primary Reference Number (PRN) : 02884w Trust : Glamorgan Gwent Community : Pelenna Unitary authority : Neath Port Talbot NGR : SS81719720 Site Type (preferred type first) : Post-Medieval Furnace Status : Scheduled Monument , listed building II
Summary : A unique surviving example of a colliery ventilation furnace with hillside flue, a type common in the non-ferrous metal smelting industries, and also used to ventilate mines. This furnace was connected with the Fforch-dwm level, driven by Robert Parsons
Description : A unique surviving example of a colliery ventilation furnace with hillside flue, a type common in the non-ferrous metal smelting industries, and also used to ventilate mines. This furnace was connected with the Fforch-dwm level, driven by Robert Parsons and Charles Strange in the late 1830s. The head of the flue is a short stone stack, built on a rectangular plan with rounded courners. The flue is also stone built, with an arched roof and flat floor. It runs downhill to the ruins of a probable post-war fan house which seems to have re-used it in part. The lower part of the flue is underground but is discernable as a slight ridge at the surface.
Images taken at a GGAT Tir Gofal site visit indicate that the stone stack is seriously eroding.
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