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Aberdulais Tin Plate Works, now in the care of the National Trust was originally built in 1584, predating the Industrial Revolution by two centuries. Built on the orders of Queen Elizabeth I in this secluded spot away from prying eyes to smelt copper to be used as coins of the Realm. It helped to pay for the ships built to counter the threat from Spain.

The method of smelting had been designed by a German engineer Ulrich Frosse. Copper smelting gave way to iron making the milling of textiles and grain and perhaps most importanting the working of tin plate in the 19th century.

It fell into disrepair in the early 20th century but has been restored by the National Trust with a water wheel supplying electricity for the site. The bridge in the image once carried a tramway across the Afon Dulais to the Neath and Tennant Canals.

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