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The feature below was first shown on my website on 20 October 1998

Limestone Quarry
Penwyllt, Breconshire

Photography by John Ball - 11 October 1998
(with Agfa ePhoto307 digital camera)

I recently (12 October 1998) featured some pictures of quarry-workers' cottages near the limestone quarry at Penwyllt.
In today's Images of Wales we explore the quarry itself, and the remains of the railway line which once passed through this isolated community. And we explain the unlikely connection between Penwyllt and a 19th century Spanish opera singer!!

Derelict building, Penwyllt

Above: This lonely and derelict stone building is the first sign of approach to Penwyllt.


Limestone Quarry, Penwyllt

Above: Once over the brow of the hill, the limestone quarry workings come into view.


Limestone Quarry, Penwyllt

Above: On this sunny Sunday afternoon in October, the quarry was a hive of inactivity!!


Limestone Quarry, Penwyllt

Above: Looking to the northern end of the quarry, I spotted this interesting bridge.


Limestone quarry, Penwyllt

Above: The bridge once carried an access road over the Neath to Brecon railway
line. Although the lines themselves have long gone, the track bed remains.


Railway bridge, Penwyllt

Above: A closer view of the bridge over the railway.


Former railway line, Penwyllt

Above: To the north, the trackbed disappears between the mountains, heading towards Brecon.


Railway station, Penwyllt

Above: To the south, we can see the site of the former Penwyllt railway station and
quarry sidings.


Railway station, Penwyllt

Above: This building is all that remains of the old railway station which served Penwyllt,
and also Craig-y-nos, a mile away down in the valley.


Craig-y-nos Castle

Above: Looking down into the valley of the river Tawe, we can see the sun reflecting off the
complex of buildings forming Craig-y-nos Castle, once the home of the famous 19th century
soprano, Dame Adelina Patti.

Dame Adelina Patti

Dame Patti (right) was born in Madrid (Spain) in 1843, but lived most of her life in Britain. She acquired Craig-y-nos Castle in the 1870s, and lived there until her death in 1919.

Penwyllt was the nearest railway station, and she owned a private railway carriage and had her own private waiting room built at the station!!

She often entertained royalty, and would meet guests such as the Prince of Wales (later to become King Edward VII) when they arrived by train at Penwyllt railway station.


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