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Originally opened in 1853, the Great Western Colliery at Hopkinstown, near Pontypridd, was the first coal mine over 100 yards deep. During the 1880s this was part of the Rhondda's most productive colliery, and it was a very profitable enterprise for its owners. Although it looks abandoned, the steam winding engine is in working order and the pit head is currently being restored.

Great Western winding tower
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