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The Dinas Cascade, Vale Of Neath

The Dinas Cascade, Vale Of Neath

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

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1864

Shelfmark: 1784.a.30

Item number: 10

Length: 20

Width: 16

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

View of the Dinas Cascade 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 valley, published as a book in 1864. In his accompanying text, Charles Henry Waring describes the waterfall:

“On the Sychnant River, a short distance beyond the Bwa Maen, this Cascade may sometimes be seen after heavy rains. It is only in winter or wet weather that any of the stream passes over these rocks; for in the glen, at a short distance above them, the whole of the summer water is swallowed up in a cavern which runs beneath the Dinas Rock, and only again sees daylight where it enters the Melte, on the other side. When the bed of the river is thus partially dry, the ramble up the ravine is a delightful one, but is stopped at length by an impassable deep pool, overhung by water-worn rocks, which, with the trees arching above, form a charming frame to a lovely peep up the stream, with a pretty little fall to render it perfect.”

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