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15-ton block of coal at Bedwellty Park

photographer - National Museum of Wales

15-ton block of coal at Bedwellty Park.

Date: 1980s

Media: transparency

Size: 51 x 51 mm

Acquired: 2014

Accession Number: 2014.20

This large 15 ton piece of coal is now located at Bedwellty Park, Tredegar, and is Grade II listed. It was cut at the Yard Level, Tredegar as a single block with the intention to display it at the Great Exhibition of 1851. It was originally 20 tons, however, after a 5 ton piece broke away in transportation it was decided not to transport it to London as it might not survive the journey. It was subsequently set up in the grounds of Bedwellty House. The smaller block of 2 tons (to the left) was cut in 1951 from the same seam as the earlier one. It was exhibited at the Festival of Britain in London, before being placed next to the earlier block in Bedwellty Park.


2 June 2020, 17:06
My father took the coal to London for the festival of Britain
Graham Davies
17 September 2015, 10:08
Dear Dawn,
Many thanks for your comment, it has been passed to the relevant curator who should be able to help answer your enquiry.
Many thanks,
Graham Davies
Digital Team
Dawn Ashford-Williams
15 September 2015, 23:12
hi, I'm currently doing some research on a similarly large piece of coal and was wondering if you know how such a large piece would have been manoeuvred out of the pit and lifted onto a train? Any information you'd be willing to give me would be greatly appreciated , thank you

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