After trying four times to get into the Big Pit, we finally made it. (The other times the tours were full or closed.) It was worth persevering! This is a big underground coal mine in Blaenavon, Wales that has been kept and made into a museum. Legend has it that my great grandpa John Bowen and my great, great grandpa Lewis Bowen worked in this mine, so it has special meaning to me! Here are photos of John Bowen (1841-1922) and Lewis Bowen (1815-1894).
Here is the Big Pit Museum the day we visited this week, a bit rainy!
We went in and were given helmets with a headlamp and an oxygen mask on a waist belt.
We didn’t get to take cameras down because of the risk of sparking, so here are two photos I found that show the feel of our tour underground. We had to duck to not hit our heads on the tunnel ceiling. Water was running on the side. True darkness when we turned off all of our lamps.
We left with a greater connection with John and Lewis Bowen and an appreciation for their life and work. ‘So glad they met LDS missionaries and were baptised in 1852 and were able to immigrate and start a new life in Utah in 1862/1863. …………………Cheerio!