If you log in, you can comment on buildings, submit new photos or update photos that you've already submitted.

Interested in parks, gardens and open spaces? Check our our new sister site, Parks and Spaces.


Cwm Coke Works Southern Cooling Tower, Llantwit Fardre

Description: Cwm Coke Works Southern Cooling Tower

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 24 November 1993
Cadw Building ID: 13538

OS Grid Coordinates: 306584, 186095
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5655, -3.3479

Location: Beddau, Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff CF38 2PY

Locality: Llantwit Fardre
County: Rhondda Cynon Taf
Country: Wales
Postcode: CF38 2PY

Incorrect location/postcode? Submit a correction!


Listing Text

Location
One of a pair of wooden cooling towers located opposite the offices in the centre of Cwm Coke Works. Immediately to the S of and aligned with the larger northern tower.

History
Cwm Coke Works was established in 1957 by the National Coal Board to produce coke from coal mined at Cwm Colliery. The coke was used in iron foundries, metal smelting furnaces, sugar beet refineries, brickworks, and heating boilers. Coke works were once commonplace, and were frequently attached to collieries or steelworks, but few are now operational in Britain. Cooling towers were often found at coke works as well as at power stations, chemical works, and other sites where water cooling was necessary, from the late nineteenth century. The earliest were made of timber, but these were gradually replaced with parabolic concrete structures from the 1920s. Very few wooden cooling towers now survive anywhere, although they were once common features of industrial areas throughout the world.

The towers at Cwm Coke Works are unusual in having been built at so late a date, but they follow traditional construction methods going back to the end of the C19.

Interior

Exterior
The south tower is square in plan, approx 6 x 6m and tapers slightly to a flat open top about 15m high. The timber planks which make up the walls are placed vertically and supported on horizontal and diagonal members which are in turn fixed to an exterior frame of vertical posts, also of wood. The base consists of spaced slats to permit ventilation into the tower which causes the steam to condense.

Reason for Listing
Listed II* as one of an exceptionally rare pair of surviving towers illustrating this important historic technology.

References
Crawford, David, British Building First, 1990, pp 132-3;
Hilling, John B, Cardiff and the Valleys, 1973, pp 59-60.

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Notes:
One of a pair of wooden cooling towers located opposite the offices in the centre of Cwm Coke Works. Immediately to the S of and aligned with the larger northern tower.

Source: Cadw

Listed building text is © Crown Copyright. Reproduced under licence.