Glanrafon Slate Quarry

Glanrafon Slate Quarry

Glanrafon Slate Quarry

Date

25 January 2014
Location

Rhyd-Ddu

SH 57824 53895; 53.06331°N, 4.12317°W

Information

Glanrafon Slate Quarry sits on the 300m contour line on the western flank of Snowdon close to the village of Rhyd-Ddu. The quarry, which was the largest in the locality, dates from 1875 and was shown as being in use on the Ordnance Survey maps from 1889-1915. Notice was given of the winding up of the Glanrafon Slate Quarry Company in The Edinburgh Gazette in January 1917.

Further Reading

Glanrafon Slate Quarry Company 1902 price list (Slatesite);
Glanrafon Quarry (Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales)

 

Glanrafon Slate Quarry

Glanrafon Slate Quarry

Glanrafon Slate Quarry

Glanrafon Slate Quarry

Quarry pit

Quarry pit

Water-wheel pit

Water-wheel pit – power was transmitted via flat rods from the water wheel to a pump draining the quarry pit.

Quarry buildings with a cloud-shrouded Mynydd Mawr in the background

Quarry buildings with a cloud-shrouded Mynydd Mawr in the background

Looking towards Llyn-y-Gader

Looking towards Rhyd-Ddu and Llyn-y-Gader

Quarry building overlooking the pit

Ruined winding-house buildings overlooking the pit

Buttresses holding back the spoil heaps on either side of the main incline down to former sidings and halt on the North Wales Narrow Gauge Railway/Welsh Highland Railway

Buttresses holding back the spoil heaps on either side of the main incline down to former sidings and halt on the North Wales Narrow Gauge Railway/Welsh Highland Railway. Visible in the background are the mountains Y Garn (left) and Mynydd Mawr (right).

9 thoughts on “Glanrafon Slate Quarry

  1. Excellent! This has been on my “to do” list for a long time. You obviously had rather trying conditions yet have come away with an excellent bag of images.The shot of the pit really gives an impression of the size, and the winding house is very effective indeed. I have just moved this place further up the list!

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