One thing that I’ve realised over the last few years is that you really don’t need to travel very far to explore, there’ll almost certainly be a million things you don’t know about within a 10 mile radius of your house.
The derelict buildings that remain on the site of the former Hafod Copperworks in Swansea offer plenty to look at, jump over, fall down and cut yourself on…
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“The Hafod Copperworks was established in 1810 by John Vivian and the Morfa works was created in 1835 by Williams, Foster & Co. The two sites were combined in 1924 when they were brought under the control of Yorkshire Imperial Metals, and this large copper works was the last to close in the lower Swansea Valley, shutting its doors in 198O. The surving buildings are the last remaining substantail monuments to the copper industry in the lower Swansea Valley, which was once the centre of the international trade in copper, the world’s first globallly integrated heavy industry.” (from welshcopper.org.uk)
This is a super cool site that is currently going through regeneration, hopefully they won’t fuck about with it too much, but just in case they do you should get down there for a look around soon if you’re into this kind of thing.