A few months back I wrote an article on Lock History and Keys, more so the history of locking. I mentioned about the great exhibition in London and Glasgow where Chubb and Bramah two great lock manufactures, exhibited there un-pickable locks.
It was also mentioned that romans and Egyptians where using keys and locks to secure there homes and valuables.
The point is, my partner and I had a few days off earlier in August and we decided to pop up to North Wales with all intentions to climb the peaks of Snowdon and Cadir Idris. Alas the weather was not that kind and all we ended up doing is watching for the difference between South Wales Rain and North Wales Rain. There is a difference believe it or not. The angle is different. LOL. Anyway, we did go to some great places on our trip, we saw the power mountain, where they use gravity to generate electricity on demand, The mountain has a lake at the top and when there is a huge demand for power, Like the interval at coronation street and every one puts the kettle on, they simply open a tap, abate a little bigger than our taps at home and generates that extra power required. It was simply amazing and if you see yourself up that neck of the woods pop in, you will be amazed.
We went to a copper mine just south of Snowdon on one of the rainy days, Thinking that perhaps we would find some shelter in the mine from the downpours outside, alas, we just got dripped on a bit more. We could not make head or tail of the instructions when we entered the mine, The instructions said something like Take a left when you reach the rail cart well we continued on and never found the cart, we ended going down these steps and met some others in the mine, then we realised that in fact we had gone in the exit and was working through the mine the wrong way. Eventually when we got out through the entrance, we did see the signs that obviously we did not see before we entered.
The copper mine, had a a little museum but the cafe and to my amazement I saw some very old keys and more importantly ring keys. In the past I had only ever saw pictures of these, but to see them in the flesh was simply stunning, Yeah OK,
I know this may be geeky and not every ones cup of tea, but I would have loved to have spent some time understanding the locks and keys a little further. What I was surprised to see was how detailed the keys were, bearing in mind they did not have CNC machines, lathes etc that we have these days.
I have attached some images taken at the time through the glass case taken with my iPhone.
I am not saying that this was the highlight of my trip, It had to be the stunning scenery to be honest but what a find.
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The Copper Mine