The Happy Valley area of Llandudno has been extensivley landscaped over the years. It has been recorded that this is the area that gave birth to the Ty Gwyn mine when Benjamin Edwards' cow slipped and disclosed copper ore under a rock. GOES has for many years looked for entrances in this area, but as of yet, to no avail.
For just over 8 months, between September 1997 and May 1998, we undertook to excavate a likely shaft, this series of photographs records the progress of this effort.
Having dug to a depth of approximately 45 feet we discovered a tunnel leading of in a north westerly direction, all very exciting, but it only went for 30 feet ending at a solid rock face, all very disappointing. The dig was finally abandoned just below this point when bed rock pinched in. The tunnel was around 6 feet high, so large enough to walk in, and at the end of it was found the skeleton of a small animal, possibly a fox or a dog.
We are still looking for indications of where the old miners may have entered the workings!
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