Gwynfynydd Mine (Gwyn Mine; Morgan Mine; Mount Morgan Mine; British Gold Fields), Ganllwyd, Dolgellau Gold Belt, Gwynedd, Wales, UK
|Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):||52° 50' 13'' North , 3° 52' 30'' West|
|Latitude & Longitude (decimal):||52.83706,-3.87519|
|UK National Grid Reference:||SH737283|
|Other regions containing this locality:||Snowdonia National Park, Wales, UK|
|Köppen climate type:||Cfb : Temperate oceanic climate|
|Other/historical region names associated with this locality:||Merionethshire|
Second to Clogau in terms of gold output, Gwynfynedd ranked with Clogau and Glasdir, the latter primarily a copper mine, as one of the largest and richest mines in the Dolgellau gold belt. The remains of the Gwynfynedd mill are at OS grid ref. SH 735274.
Up to 20 parallel lodes in five main groups have been recognised: the Chidlaw, Collett, James, Harvey and Big lodes. The greatest thickness attained in a single vein being 20 feet in the Chidlaw lode. All strike nearly east-west and have been traced for up to a mile and a half.
Although the Gwyn tribute lease appears in the mineral statistics for 1911-12, it was characterised by low employment and low yields from a substantial tonnage of ore; it has been suggested that this was the bulk of the output of Prince Edward Mine after selected ore had been processed at Prince Edward.
Total returned production between 1862 and 1916 was 98,842 tons of gold ore yielding 40,054 ounces of gold (about half of that produced by Clogau). After the main phase of mining ended, the mine operated intermittently and on a much smaller scale until almost the present day. In recent times both the Clogau and Gwynfynydd mines have been exploited by companies taking advantage of the high premium payable for Welsh gold in the jewellery market.
Goldmining in Western Merioneth, T. A. Morrison (undated)
The Gold Mines of Merioneth, G.W. Hall (undated)
13 valid minerals.
This geological map and associated information on rock units at or nearby to the coordinates given for this locality is based on relatively small scale geological maps provided by various national Geological Surveys. This does not necessarily represent the complete geology at this locality but it gives a background for the region in which it is found.
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419.2 - 443.8 Ma
|Paleozoic sedimentary rocks|
Age: Silurian (419.2 - 443.8 Ma)
Lithology: Sedimentary rocks
Reference: Chorlton, L.B. Generalized geology of the world: bedrock domains and major faults in GIS format: a small-scale world geology map with an extended geological attribute database. doi: 10.4095/223767. Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 5529. 
|Tremadocian - Late Cambrian|
477.7 - 501 Ma
|Upper Cambrian, Including Tremadoc|
485.4 - 541 Ma