Course of the Montgomeryshire Canal
Pant is a village in Shropshire, close to the border with Denbighshire detached in Montgomeryshire. Pant means 'hollow' in the Welsh language: it is directly below the disused mines at Llanymynech Rocks Nature Reserve. The population at the 2011 census is listed under the civil parish of Llanymynech and Pant.
Pant has a few notable features: Llanymynech Golf Club, which crosses the county border; Llanymynech Ogof, a copper mine where many Roman artefacts have been found; Bryn Offa Church of England Primary School; and a large gin wheel in the village. This quiet village was once much more lively, with several shops and a post office.
The Llanymynech Rocks Reserve has known human activity since Roman times, when it is known to have had a copper mine. More recently there has been a limestone quarry. At their prime, Pant and Llanymynech had a tramway from the mines down to various kilns in the villages. Pant's state of the art kilns by the Montgomeryshire Canal were used for only a short period after which they were superseded by the more efficient hoffman kiln at Llanymynech.
The quite quaint love story of "The Pant Heiress" tells the story of a young lady from a wealthy Chester family who eloped with a man who worked on the trains that ran through Pant. The couple got married and lived in a house in the village. After her husband died, she raised her children alone and rented out rooms in her house. She enjoyed painting, especially in the Cornish town of St. Ives.
There is also an abandoned gold mine found up Llanymynech Rock where many have collected samples of gold over the years. The mine is hard to find so there is reportedly still adequate quantities there.
Cambrian Heritage Railways have restored ¾ mile of the railway line between Pant and Llynclys as a heritage railway. Trains operate as far as Penygarreg Lane Halt at present. The trust often holds steam events on the restored stretch. There are plans to reopen the whole line from Gobowen and Oswestry to Welshpool. Work is also under way to make the Montgomery Canal navigable through the village again.
Pant residents are inconvenienced by the busy A483 road, which runs through the centre of the village. A possible bypass around Pant and Llanymynech has long been discussed, but there are no firm plans for this.
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