Landscapes and Post-Industrial South Wales

Stuart enjoys taking great photos and uncovering the stories behind them.

His main photography project is Merthyr Road - a look at the history and the legacy of the industrialisation of the South Wales Valleys.

Towards Pontypridd

Melingriffith Water Pump Is Being Restored

In March 2010, the Melingriffith Water Pump was carefully removed from its site and taken up to Penybryn Engineering for some much-needed restoration work. It was last restored in the 1980’s by the Oxford House Historical Society, but sadly the wood used at the time has not weathered well and is need of replacement. At the time of writing, the Friends of Melingriffith website has no update on when the restoration will be complete (it may be done by the time you read this blog post!)

Here’s a shot from my 2007 blog article about the Melingriffith Tin Works, showing the wheel in situ:

The Melingriffith Water Pump

I can’t wait to see it restored and returned to its original site once more, and will potter on over with the camera once it has been.

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If you’re reading this in the RSS feed, my original blog post also includes a Google map showing where this photo was taken. Unfortunately I haven’t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed, so for now you’ll have to click through to my blog if you want to see the map. Sorry.

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Royal Border Bridge, Berwick upon Tween

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This week, I’m going to start sharing some of the photos I recently took on holiday in Northumberland, starting with the bridges of Berwick upon Tweed. If you’ve never been, it’s a very beautiful corner of the UK, and a very peaceful place to go on holiday to boot. We had a great time, and I hope you enjoy the shots I’ve brought back.

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The community centre at Trallwn in Pontypridd is typical of many in the valleys. Originally a mission hall, it has been extended and converted into a great resource for the local community. The result is an exterior that at first glance appears old, like the terraced houses around it appear old, but look closer, and the mixture of old and new make for an interesting subject for my camera.

The Photos

Gate To The Community Centre

Plants Growing Out Of The Wall

Fence And Yellow

Fastening The Litter Bin To The Telegraph Pole

Extractor Fan Grill

Down The Drain

Drain Pipe On The Wall

Drain Pipe, Leaves and Vent

Grit Salt

Bethania, 1908

The Old Entrance To The Hall

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Last Look At Barmouth Bridge

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There really is only one photo to choose as both my final Barmouth Bridge shot, and as my final choice of wallpaper out of all of the photos I’ve uploaded to Flickr from our holiday last summer in North Wales.

On the Thursday, our car was wrecked when we were the innocent victims of careless driving just outside Barmouth. Unable to hire a car to drive ourselves home (which was probably for the best, given how shaken up we were), my Dad drove down from Yorkshire on the Friday to pick us up and take us home. Me and him came back to Barmouth on the Saturday to pick up the rest of our holiday luggage from the place we’d been staying, and before leaving for the last time, I took one last shot of Barmouth Bridge … and I think it turned out to be the best of the lot.

I hope you’ve enjoyed both this week’s choice of wallpapers, and indeed all of the photos from last summer’s holiday that I’ve chosen over the last five weeks. There’s still a few I’m planning to use as wallpapers at some point in the future, but next week will be a new theme. I hope to see you back then. Have a great weekend.

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Looking Along Barmouth Railway Bridge

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My desktop wallpaper today is another shot of Barmouth Bridge.

As the light was fading, I decided to have a bit of fun with my camera and the bridge, and that led to this rather strange shot looking down the centre of the bridge back towards Barmouth.

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Roadworks Have Become A Permanent Fixture

The redevelopment and regeneration of Cardiff, which started with the construction of Cardiff Bay in the late 1990’s, is in full-swing, with no sign of any sort of let-up. Roadworks and the knock-on travel disruption have become such a daily part of life in our capital city that at least one roadwork sign has gone from a temporary thing to looking like a permanent fixture!

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The Footpath Over Barmouth Railway Bridge

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My desktop wallpaper theme this week is the Barmouth Bridge, a famous wooden railway bridge across the stunning Mawddach. We were there last summer on holiday.

One of the reasons why the Barmouth Bridge is such fun to photograph is because you can walk over it. There’s a footpath and cycleway on the landward side of the bridge that lead south down to the Mawddach Trail (which was the original railway route from the bridge to Dolgellau, and is now a very inviting cycle path), and it affords fantastic views east along the river.

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Rails And Sleepers On Barmouth Railway Bridge

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My choice of desktop wallpaper today is another shot of Barmouth Bridge, a real photographic star.

One of the things I love about photographing this bridge is the rich contrast between the rusty red iron of the rails, and the wooden sleepers and bridge that they run over. It’s such a different view from what I normally see when waiting for my morning train at the local station. There’s something both outdated and romantic about it, but it is elusive.

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Flexible Office Space at the Coal Exchange

Mount Stuart Square, a designated conservation area since 1980, is home to something like 60 listed buildings. Some of these listed buildings are considered landmark buildings; some are not.

The crown jewel of Mount Stuart Square is the Coal Exchange, where the world’s first 1 million pound business transaction was conducted. Today, it’s a multi-purpose building, and a walk around the outside of it reveals that it currently isn’t fully-let. I’ve never seen inside the building, so I’ve emailed the agent to see if they’d allow me in with my camera. If they do, I’ll share what I find with you 🙂

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Copyright (c) Stuart Herbert. blog | twitter: (photography) (all) | facebook: (Merthyr Road project) (all).

If you’re reading this in the RSS feed, my original blog post also includes a Google map showing where this photo was taken. Unfortunately I haven’t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed, so for now you’ll have to click through to my blog if you want to see the map. Sorry.

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Barmouth Bridge

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Glad to see you back once more for another week of my desktop wallpaper shots. So far, from last summer’s North Wales holiday I’ve chosen shots showing off the beautiful landscapes of North Wales, it’s fantastic castles (which together form a world heritage site), some more varied shots, and a week of nautical shots. There’s just one week to go, and this week I’m picking a few shots of what, for me, was the subject I kept returning to time and time again during our holiday: the railway bridge across the Mawddach at Barmouth.

One of the distinctive features of the railway bridge are these twin portals for boats to pass underneath the bridge and up the Mawddach. Originally, there was a drawbridge to allow river traffic through, but this was replaced with a swing bridge in 1901. I must admit that it never occurred to me that the bridge was a swing bridge when I walked over it; it looked very permanent!

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