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Upper Cilhepste, Vale Of Neath

Upper Cilhepste, Vale Of Neath

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

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1864

Shelfmark: 1784.a.30

Item number: 6

Length: 20

Width: 16

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

View of the Upper Cilhepste, 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:

“Tourists generally pronounce this Fall to be one of the finest in the Vale of Neath. It is situated on the Hepste, about three quarters of a mile from its junction with the River Melte. There is another Fall a little below this one called the Lower Cilhepste, which is entirely different in character, being broken into several steps or cascades. The Upper Cilhepste Fall is remarkable for its extreme beauty, and curious as having behind it a footpath, regularly used by the neighbouring farmers. The English Tourist may here exercise his imagination in fancying what his feeling would be in a similar situation under Niagara. But if his present sensations should tempt him to cross the Atlantic, to obtain a pleasure as much greater than that he now experiences, as the one Fall is greater than the other, he will be very much disappointed. To this watery Cave he will long to return, to enjoy its beauty again...”

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