The Watford and District Industrial History Society visited a number of locations in the Neath and Swansea area over the weekend of 14th – 16th September 2019.

On Saturday they visited the Neath Abbey Ironworks. They seemed to thoroughly enjoy the visit, and the Welsh weather was, as ever, beautifully sunny. [Photographs © Friends of Neath Abbey Ironworks.]


The  WHS began the last day (Monday 16th) of their visit to the Lower Tawe Valley with a guided tour of the Vale Inco Nickel Works. The group of about 25 lunched at Forge Fach before Clive Reed gave a talk on the places and people that made the Swansea Canal a world industrial powerhouse. The group then walked along the canal ending up at the Buried Lock Site where the recent digging out of the channel through the site was much admired. The photo attached was taken on that channel. A most generous donation of £50 was then presented by Peter Lloyd Secretary of the WHS to the SCS. Cllr Walker thanked them for this gift. We do hope that that this happy group of heritage enthusiasts will return one day to see the Buried Lock and the piped canal in full working order.

 WHS at Swansea Canal