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Former Llanbradach Colliery engineering shops

A Grade II Listed Building in Llanbradach, Caerphilly

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.6111 / 51°36'40"N

Longitude: -3.2304 / 3°13'49"W

OS Eastings: 314894

OS Northings: 190973

OS Grid: ST148909

Mapcode National: GBR HW.9L54

Mapcode Global: VH6DL.YRKS

Entry Name: Former Llanbradach Colliery engineering shops

Listing Date: 23 July 1999

Last Amended: 23 July 1999

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 22098

Building Class: Industrial

Location: Llanbradach Colliery is on the steep hillside to the W of the village. The engineering shops are sited on the E side of the engine hall, at a lower level, and N of the yard and fan house.

County: Caerphilly

Community: Llanbradach and Pwllypant (Llanbradach a Phwll-y-pant)

Community: Llanbradach and Pwllypant

Locality: Llanbradach Colliery

Built-Up Area: Llanbradach

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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History

Llanbradach Colliery was opened in 1894 by Cardiff Steam Coal Collieries Ltd. Although one of the smaller coal companies, it became one of the largest collieries in South Wales, employing 3000 colliers at its peak in 1913. It continued in operation after nationalisation but was closed in 1961. Ordnance Survey maps suggest 2 main phases of development, the extant structures mostly belonging to the second phase, of the early C20, when most of the original buildings appear to have been replaced. Most of the colliery buildings have survived and have been in use for a variety of light industrial purposes. They form an unusually complete and impressive colliery complex prominently sited overlooking the Rhymney Valley.

The engineering shops are first shown on the 1915 Ordnance Survey, having replaced an earlier building on the site shown in 1898, and stood to the N of the shafts. The building comprised fitting shop, blacksmith's and carpenter's shops and was served by narrow-gauge railways.

Exterior

Consisting of 3 parallel gabled ranges oriented N-S. Of rubble stone with rock-faced dressings and with corrugated iron roofs. The S end, facing the yard and the former shafts, has 3 symmetrical gables with centrally-placed round-headed doorways flanked by tall round-headed windows (all windows blocked with some windows inserted into the blockings) and with round ventilators above, retaining some original louvres. The side walls are 6-bay with round-headed windows. On the E side the windows are partly blocked but retain iron-frame radial glazing. On the W side they are blocked. On the W side is a passage spanned by girders attached to the upper revetment wall. The rear elevation has round-headed windows, 3 to each range.

Interior

Traces of the narrow-gauge railway survive in the floor of the W range. The ranges are separated internally by rubble-stone partition walls. The roofs have wrought iron trusses similar to the engine hall.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as a well-preserved and integral component of Llanbradach Colliery, and for group value with other associated listed items.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Former Llanbradach Colliery engine hall
    Llanbradach Colliery is on the steep hillside to the W of the village. The engine hall is on the uppermost level at the NW end of the colliery.
  • II Former Llanbradach Colliery brick reservoir
    Llanbradach Colliery is on the steep hillside to the W of the village. The reservoir is sited immediately E of Colliery Road with the engine hall to the N and winding house to the S.
  • II Former Llanbradach Colliery upper revetment wall
    Llanbradach Colliery is on the steep hillside to the W of the village. The upper revetment wall is sited at the middle level of the colliery complex below the engine hall and winding house.
  • II Former Llanbradach Colliery winding engine house
    Llanbradach Colliery is on the steep hillside to the W of the village. The winding house is sited on the upper level of the colliery to the S of the reservoir and engine hall and immediately W of Col
  • II Former Llanbradach Colliery fan house
    Llanbradach Colliery is on the steep hillside to the W of the village. The fan house is sited on the middle level of the colliery, S of the yard and engineering shops.
  • II Former Llandbradach Colliery workshops range
    Llanbradach Colliery is on the steep hillside to the W of the village. The former workshops are sited at the lower level of the site, E of the fan house.
  • II Former Llanbradach Colliery middle revetment wall
    Llanbradach Colliery is on the steep hillside to the W of the village. The middle revetment wall is sited immediately E of the engineering shops and fan house.
  • II Llanbradach War Memorial
    Located in the centre of the village, opposite the site of the demolished parish church, with the recreation ground behind.

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