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Cash for Melingriffith water pump restoration


A piece of industrial heritage is one step closer to being restored to its former glory.

The Melingriffith water pump in Whitchurch, Cardiff, is one of the last remaining relics of the Glamorganshire canal - the link between Merthyr Tydfil coal and Cardiff's docks in the 19th Century.

Volunteer groups in the 1980s spent years restoring the pump before handing it to the city of Cardiff in 1989 - after which it was unfortunately neglected.

Now a heritage grant from Cadw and Cardiff city council of more than £100,000 is being used to restore the water wheel on site.

Robin Williams, part of a group of enthusiasts who worked on the restoration of pump over twenty years ago, explains the historic significance of the water pump.

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