The Slate Industry

The spectacular rise of the slate industry in north-west Wales began in the late 18th century, though it reached its greatest scale in the late 19th century
This photograph, taken by Geoff Charles, was part of a special feature published in 'Y Cymro', on 28 January 1955. The Llechwedd quarry at Blaenau Ffestiniog was the second largest quarry in the world, with over 25 miles of tunnels at a depth of up to...
This photograph, taken by Geoff Charles, was part of a special feature published in 'Y Cymro', on 28 January 1955. The Llechwedd quarry at Blaenau Ffestiniog was the second largest quarry in the world, with over 25 miles of tunnels at a depth of up to...
Colour 35mm slide of Oakley Slate Quarry Blaenau Ffestiniog, showing slateworker splitting slate, by Dylan Roberts, undated.
35mm colour slide of Aberllefefni Slate Quarry, Merionethshire by Dylan Roberts.
Slide of RCAHMW colour oblique aerial photograph of Penarth Slate Quarry, Corwen, taken by C.R. Musson, 13/3/1995.
Slide of RCAHMW colour oblique aerial photograph of Croesor Slate Quarry, taken by C.R. Musson, 9/10/1994.
RCAHMW colour slide oblique aerial photograph of Llechwedd Slate Quarries, Ffestiniog, taken by C.R. Musson, 17/04/94
RCAHMW colour slide oblique aerial photograph of Aberllefenni Slate Quarry, Corris, taken by C.R. Musson, 09/10/94
Slide of RCAHMW colour oblique aerial photograph of the Welsh Slate Museum, Llanberis, by Toby Driver, 2003.
Slide of RCAHMW colour oblique aerial photograph of Clogau Quarry, taken by C.R. Musson, 27/6/1993.
This is a clip from the first audio film in Welsh, Y Chwarelwr (The Quarryman), made in 1935. There is no sound in this piece as only some of the film survived, and the sound was recorded on disks separate from the film itself. (From the Museum of Welsh...
Manual slate dressing at Penrhyn quarry
Aerial view of Penrhyn Slate Quarry, 1994
Quarrymen splitting a large block of slate in the Dinorwig Quarry, about 1920.
Blaenau Ffestiniog town, showing houses, the slate quarries and the tips.
A mallet (made of African Oak) used for splitting slate.
A tool for the hand-trimming of roofing slate.
A serrated stick with a nail at one end used for marking out a roofing slate for trimming.
Sketch plan of Cae'r gors drawn by Kate Roberts in 1972 in a letter to the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments Wales, describing her old home which was already a roofless ruin. The kitchen (y gegin) was open to the roof and...
The ruins of Cae'r gors, Rhosgadfan in 1999, before restoration.  Kate Roberts in 1972 in a letter to the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments Wales, described her old home which was already a roofless ruin. The kitchen...
Bobby has been involved in the new BBC programme Snowdonia 1890 as a slate worker.  Interview recorded at the BBC Roadshow in Merthyr Tydfil on the 17th October 2010. Interview is in Welsh.
Drawing by Falcon Hildred Holland's Level - buttressed incline, 2001 Pencil, ink and watercolour on paper. In these four views of the lines of a former incline and a flight of steps, the artist concentrates on the textures of the slopes...
Drawn by Falcon Hildred Holland's Level - mill looking towards Garreg Flaen Llyn, 2002 Pencil, ink and watercolour on paper, 16 x 29 cm Holland’s quarry was established in 1827 and the steam-powered slate mill was built on Holland’s...
Drawn by Falcon Hildred Steam Mill, Diffwys quarry, drawing, plan and elevations, 2004 Pencil, ink and watercolour on paper, 31 x 42 cm High above the east side of Blaenau Ffestiniog, the ruins of Diffwys steam mill still dominate the skyline....
Drawn by Falcon Hildred Overhanging rock, High Street, 1987 Pencil and watercolour on paper, 19 x 18 cm Blaenau Ffestiniog is hemmed in by steep rocky cliffs and towering mountains of slate waste, and this rocky overhang dramatically punctuates...
Drawn by Falcon Hildred Remains of Bonc Goedai winding house, Oakeley quarry, 1998 Ink and watercolour on paper, 16 x 29 cm By the time this drawing was made, one side of the drum house had been demolished to make way for a new road, and...
Drawn by Falcon Hildred Two views of Pant-yr-ynn slate mill, 2007 Pencil and watercolour on paper, 30 x 21 cm Pant-yr-ynn mill was in use in 1846 by the Diffwys Casson quarry, on a site where their cart road crossed a stream which could...
Drawn by Falcon Hildred Rhiwbach tramway crossing Llyn Bowydd dam, 2008 Pencil, ink and watercolour on paper, 13 x 28 cm The Rhiwbach tramway connected several quarries on the north side of Manod Mawr and at the head of Cwm Penmachno to...
Drawn by Falcon Hildred Rhosydd drum house to Croesor incline, 2003 Pencil, ink and watercolour on paper, 30 x 42 cm This drawing captures the extraordinary synergy in the slate quarrying landscape between the natural rock and man-made...
Drawn by Falcon Hildred Maenofferen quarry - winding house, detail drawing, 1999 Pencil, ink and watercolour on paper, 20 x 20 cm Falcon has made a series of detailed drawings of Maenofferen quarry. A panorama is on page XXX and the following...
Drawn by Falcon Hildred Maenofferen quarry - winding house, detail drawing from chimney side, 1999 Pencil, ink and watercolour on paper, 16 x 25 cm The drawing records the winding house and unhooker’s cabin at the head of the Maenofferen...
Drawn by Falcon Hildred Maenofferen quarry - looking to exit tunnel from beneath winding house, 1999 Pencil, ink and watercolour on paper, 16 x 21 cm At Maenofferen, slate was worked in underground chambers and raised to the surface by...
Drawn by Falcon Hildred Maenofferen quarry - winding house, 1999 Pencil, ink and watercolour on paper, 16 x 25 cm The drawing emphasises the cramped site for the winding house in a small surface quarry where the main incline to the underground...
One of the few historic documents to have survived for Ynyslas range are the establishment's transfer orders to Aberporth. The move was to be completed by 17 March 1946. This simple form provides not clue to the monumentous technological advances...
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Bobby Jones – Memories in Merthyr

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