8th November 2010
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To celebrate the dedication of all those involved in the coal industry and their contribution to the fortunes of Cardiff, a piece of Rhondda coal has been unveiled at Cardiff Castle. 

The coal was hewn from the seams at Lewis Merthyr Colliery, Trehafod, now the site of the Rhondda Heritage Park.

Renowned Welsh historian, John Davies, unveiled the coal and explained how the boom of the coal industry in South Wales had transformed Cardiff into the biggest coal-exporting port in the world. This brought about the immense growth of Cardiff and swelled the riches of the Bute family who were significant land owners in South Wales and built Cardiff Docks. They owned the mineral rights which they leased to various mine owners, thus making them extremely rich, much of which was spent restoring and developing Cardiff Castle.


Councillor Nigel Howells, Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: “The success and wealth of Cardiff owes a great deal to the hard work of everyone involved in the coal industry of South Wales, particularly in the Rhondda Valleys. We want visitors who come to the Castle and see the opulent interiors to know that the contribution is valued and recognised. To capitalise on the links between Cardiff and the collieries, Cardiff Castle and the Rhondda Heritage Park have begun a joint marketing initiative which will go live in February 2011.”


The piece of Welsh Steam Coal is mounted on an oak stand and displayed in the Interpretation Centre of Cardiff Castle for all visitors to see.

 Rhondda Heritage Park , Tel 01443 682036   www.rhonddaheritagepark.com

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