The Car Graveyard in Gaewern Slate Mine

During the 1970's, cars were dumped down the top of a deep mine workings in Gaewern Slate Mine, near Corris, mid-west Wales, which had closed in 1970. These now classic cars form a pile of twisted, rusting metal, wires, number plates and chassis that extends from the base to near the top of the mine shaft and sits in a deep pool of water.

In the top of a couple of the pictures a white shaft of light can be seen, this is from the hole through which these cars were dumped.

Compared with today's concerns for clean emissions and safe recycling the 1970's attitude towards the car and the environment was a little different.
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