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The Corbwll, Vale Of Neath

The Corbwll, Vale Of Neath

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

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1864

Shelfmark: 1784.a.30

Item number: 11

Length: 20

Width: 16

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

View of one of the celebrated waterfalls 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 in 1864. Charles Henry Waring describes the waterfall in his accompanying text:

“This exquisite little Fall is situated on the River Melte, about two miles above the Village of Pont-Neath-Vaughan. It is a lovely spot, but difficult of access, and therefore seldom seen by tourists. This pool is the highest spawning ground of the salmon on that River. All the streams in this district are favourite resorts of fishermen. The trout are small, but delicious, and the scenery everywhere such as would have delighted Isaac Walton. The Water Ouzel – a bird which is somewhat rarely met with – is frequently seen in the neighbourhood of all these Falls. This interesting little bird is also called the Dipper, from its habit of dipping under water, and remaining for a short time in search of aquatic insects, which abound on the bottom of the stream.”

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