03 February 2010

The Land That Time Forgot I

Crickheath and Llynclys hills are peppered with old limestone quarries grown over with ferns, particularly hart's tongue (Phyllitis scolopendrium), ash and silver birch. There are numerous shafts and adits (some of which are off-limits in order to protect the resident bats), and buildings associated with the task of hauling the limestone down to the Montgomery Canal. Along this the limestone was shipped off to be burnt in kilns, thereby producing lime for spreading on acid soils to improve their fertility. Pictured is the winding house for the tramway between Black Bridge quarry and the wharf at Pant.

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