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The Cave, Porth Yr Ogof, Vale Of Neath

The Cave, Porth Yr Ogof, Vale Of Neath

Photographer: Napper, R P, British and Foreign Portrait Company

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1864

Shelfmark: 1784.a.30

Item number: 2

Length: 20

Width: 16

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

View of the Porth Yr Ogof cave in the Vale of Neath, south Wales, taken by R.P. Napper of the British and Foreign Portrait Company. The image is one of twenty landscape photographs by Napper documenting the picturesque scenery of the Neath river valley, published in 1864. In the accompanying text, Charles Henry Waring described the site:

“The River Melte is here swallowed up for about half a mile in one of those subterranean and cavernous channels through which streams so often pass in limestone districts. During the summer many passages in this Cave can be explored; and in favourable seasons a considerable internal lake may be reached, at the extremity of which light is perceived from an orifice near the lower end of the cavern. The exit of the Cave is nearly as worthy of a visit as the entrance, but is of a totally different scenic character.”

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