Slate,Quarrying and Stone Dinorwic - The Llanberris Slate Quarry 1780 - 1969

Dinorwic - The Llanberris Slate Quarry 1780 - 1969

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Reg Chambers Jones, Hb, 7.4"x 9.7 ", 176pp

The Dinorwic Quarry at Llanberis, now the home of the National Slate Museum and the Electric Mountain Visitor Centre, was once one of the largest slate quarries in the world. Today, the scars of the terraces on the side of the Elidir Fach and Elidir Fawr, along with the tips of slate waste, are silent testimony to the industrialisation of this beautiful north Wales valley. Once employing thousands of men, the quarry was the major source of income for many communities, not only in the shadow of the mountain itself, but as far away as the east cost of the Isle of Anglesey from where many workmen travelled by boat and train every weekend to live in the spartan conditions of the quarry barracks. Slate quarrymen were a special breed of highly skilled workers who laboured in what would now be seen as appalling conditions in the face of the prevailing elements, forever running the risk of death, ill-health and serious injury. In this book, written nearly forty years after the closure of Dinorwic, the author has, for the first time, painted a portrait of the quarry itself, the men who worked there (be they managers, quarrymen or labourers) and the communities in which they lived. Many of the photographs have never previously been published and should be of interest to not only to students of industrial archaeology but also to the ever-declining numbers of former slate quarry workers as well as local and family historians. The section on transport will have a particular appeal to those interested in industrial railways.
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