Aberdillas Mill near Neath, South Wales
Artist: Walmsley, Thomas
Medium: Aquatint, coloured
View of Aberdulais Mill in Wales. This location is a site of great importance in the early industrial development of Wales. It was an ideal industrial site because whilst being remote it was accessible by road and the River Nedd, woodlands provided charcoal and the power from the nearby waterfall on the River Dulias could be utilised to turn water wheels. A Copper works was established here by the Mines Royal Society in c.1584. By 1667 the site was occupied by an Iron Forge and by the middle of the 18th century William Weston Young owned the Aberdulais Mill and he worked hard to produce flour for the towns in the Welsh valleys.