Nantymwyn Lead Mine History of the Nantymwyn Lead Mine By Simon Hughes History
History of the Nantymwyn Lead Mine, Rhandirmwyn By Simon Hughes

Involved in Mineral Exploration and Mining since 1968. Since then I have worked predominantly on the metalliferous mines of mid Wales but have experience throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland. Awarded an MA from Manchester in 1982 for research on the provenancing of metals by Neutron Activation Analysis. Following this I worked briefly as a mines inspector for the Sandanista Government of Nicaragua before returning to the UK and founding "Mining Services", a small consultancy and contracting business that undertook mineral exploration and sampling, quarry and seismic shotfiring, land reclamation and remedial work.

Author of numerous monographs and papers on metalliferous mines and mining.
The Old Lead Mine By Dafydd Dafis.

Dafydd Dafis was born on 29th September 1924 in the mining village of Cwmgiedd in the Swansea Valley.

After leaving school in 1943 he joined the RAF and saw service in Canada and Great Britain.  He was de-mobbed in 1947.    

In September 1947 he entered Trinity College, Carmarthen, to be trained as a teacher. At the end of the course, he went to teach at Holloway Head Secondary Modern School, Birmingham.

He later applied for the post of Rural Science master at Llandrindod County Secondary School.  After 3 years at Llandrindod he applied for ‘the post of headmaster of Rhandirmwyn School and transferred there a few days before Christmas 1957.
 The Old Lead Mine By Dafydd Dafis
He says………

The next 25 years or so were to be a rural idyll. We lived in the school-house and came to enjoy life in a community that was almost entirely Welsh-speaking. The children I taught were the sons and daughters of farmers and foresters mainly’.

I Served also on the Committee for Wales of The Forestry Commission, chaired by Mr. Gibson-Watt. With the approval of the NCC and the FC I set up a nature reserve for the school at Allt yr Hwch, a high altitude oak wood on Forestry Commission Land.

In 1968 I was admitted a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London. The end of the following year saw the closure of Rhandirmwyn School despite the efforts of the County Council to keep it open; the numbers in the end had fallen to just three children. A period of teaching at Llandovery County Secondary School followed before I took up headship duties at Capel Cynfab Primary School in neighboring Cynghordy village, where I spent the next 14 years before my retirement.

On the 8 August 1991 I was admitted as Ovate to the Gorsedd of Bards during
the National Eisteddfod of Wales held at Mold, an honour which I greatly esteem.

In July 1992 I was awarded the honorary degree of MSc. by the University of Wales in a ceremony held at Cardiff University’.