Caban, Penrhyn Quarry

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)

12 thoughts on “Caban, Penrhyn Quarry

  1. 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….

  2. 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?

  3. 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

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