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Upper Clyngwyn, Vale Of Neath

Upper Clyngwyn, Vale Of Neath

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

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1864

Shelfmark: 1784.a.30

Item number: 3

Length: 20

Width: 16

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

View of the Upper Clyngwyn, 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. In the accompanying text, Charles Henry Waring recounted a macabre episode associated with the waterfall:

“On the river Melte, between the [Porth Yr Ogof] Cave and the point where the Hepste joins it, are three Falls, called the Upper, Middle, and Lower Clyn Gwyns. The view of the Upper Clyn Gwyn is taken from the side of the hill on which the Clyn Gwyn farm is situated. Some years ago, a corpse was found floating on the river. It proved to be the body of a gentleman, who, in returning home on horseback one dark and stormy night, had endeavoured to ford the stream a little distance from the Cave. The river was rapid and swollen, and the rider was washed from his steed, carried through the Cave, and picked up near this Fall. The horse was saved by the bridle being caught on the branch of a tree on the bank. The poor animal was found some days afterwards nearly famished - having barely maintained life by gnawing the bark of the tree, and eating such leaves as he could reach.”

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