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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.

Work not on display

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