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Caban, Penrhyn Quarry

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Abandoned caban (mess room)


19 February 2012

Penrhyn Quarry, Bethesda

SH 62286 64731; 53.16182°N, 4.06129°W


Penrhyn Quarry was first developed in the 1770s by Richard Pennant, the first Baron Penrhyn, and was at one stage the world’s largest slate quarry. Today it is operated by Welsh//Slate Ltd.

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Looking out towards Moel Faban and Moel Wnion


Shutter handle


Wooden ladder


View over the flooded quarry pit towards the slate processing plant (left) and the town of Bethesda (right)

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Written by Graham Stephen

February 22, 2012 at 8:06 pm

12 Responses

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  1. great photo’s caught it perfectly Graham… love them


    February 22, 2012 at 9:48 pm

  2. Another one for the north wales list of places to visit…….


    February 22, 2012 at 9:58 pm

  3. wow–these are simply incredible. That ‘caban’ is simply astounding. Imagine the lives given over to mining this enormous pit. What a mean, difficult, trying way to eke out an existence.


    February 23, 2012 at 1:28 am

  4. Conozco algo de la historia de Richard Pennant y la cantera de pizzarra.Qué historias increíbles tiene Gales,elpaís de mis abuelos!!!!
    Amo estas historias yestas fotos. Gracias Graham!!!!!
    Hasta pronto….

    Marcia Griffiths

    February 23, 2012 at 5:04 am

  5. Great photos – if I could sum them up in a few in a few words; daunting, hardship, chilling, eerie

    Walks and Walking

    February 23, 2012 at 6:32 am

  6. Beautiful pictures; both the content, and the way you photograph the site.


    February 23, 2012 at 8:36 am

  7. Very compelling. The hardships the quarry workers faced are caught in your photos. So captivating.

    Dezra Despain

    February 23, 2012 at 5:12 pm

  8. Great photos. The ladders in particular capture the fragile, dangerous nature of work on the mountain. How did you get to the caban? Is there an easy (child friendly) way there?


    February 24, 2012 at 9:40 am

  9. Love them. Wonderfully atmospheric as always.

    Mark A

    February 26, 2012 at 7:17 pm

  10. this is a superb collection of images which I have thoroughly enjoyed. It serves to remind us all of the hardships dangers and sacrifices those 18000 slate workers faced daily in their ambitions to feed and educate their families

    Taffy Parry

    February 26, 2012 at 7:58 pm

  11. Many thanks for all the comments folks

    Graham Stephen

    February 26, 2012 at 8:23 pm

  12. Wow, Graham, great photos here. What fun exploring you have! :)


    February 27, 2012 at 3:33 pm

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