Shaft of a Lead Mine- A View near Pont Aberglaslyn
Artist: Hassell, J.
Medium: Aquatint, coloured
View of the shaft of a lead mine near Aberglasyn, in Northern Wales. During the 18th century the mining industry in Wales was completely transformed by the development of new technologies. Before this time shafts were small and primitive, were based on small farms and were mined seasonally when the crops had been taken care of. With the introduction of steam power, water, earth and rock could be extracted much more easily. The development of the railways also made transporting the lead across the country much faster. The Welsh lead mining industry reached its peak in the 1890’s when half a million tons were produced and almost 17,000 workers were employed.