Garreg Fawr Quarry

Garreg Fawr Quarry

Garreg Fawr Quarry

Date

21 June 2014
Location

Betws Garmon

SH 53798 58098; 53.09998°N, 4.18511°W

Information

Garreg Fawr slate quarry sits on the lower slopes of Moel Eilio, above the village of Betws Garmon. The quarry opened in 1802 and was worked intermittently until the 1880s (it was marked as being disused in the 1889 Ordnance Survey map). It was, however, again worked thereafter on a small scale until the 1930s. The quarry had a number of different operators, including: the Garreg Fawr Slate and Mineral Company, which jointly worked the quarry and the nearby Garreg Fawr iron mine in the 1860s; the Betws Garmon Slate Company; and the Bangor Range Slate and Mineral Company. A tramway, probably dating from around 1901, linked the quarry to the North Wales Narrow Gauge Railway (the forerunner of the Welsh Highland Railway). Located at the top of an incline, which is now mostly buried under slate waste, is an unusual engine house. This Grade II listed structure, of slate slab construction, was built in the form of a square-plan castellated tower, which survives today as an interesting landmark.

 

Garreg Fawr Quarry

Garreg Fawr Quarry

Garreg Fawr Quarry

Garreg Fawr Quarry

Garreg Fawr Quarry

Garreg Fawr Quarry

Garreg Fawr Quarry

Garreg Fawr Quarry

Garreg Fawr Quarry

Garreg Fawr Quarry

Garreg Fawr Quarry

Garreg Fawr Quarry

Garreg Fawr Quarry

Garreg Fawr Quarry

Garreg Fawr Quarry

Garreg Fawr Quarry

Garreg Fawr Quarry

Garreg Fawr Quarry

Garreg Fawr Quarry

Garreg Fawr Quarry

Garreg Fawr Quarry

Garreg Fawr Quarry

Garreg Fawr Quarry

Garreg Fawr Quarry

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16 thoughts on “Garreg Fawr Quarry

  1. Oh, yes, I’m liking these. Excellent work as per. We thought about having a look at this one when we went to the B-y-G iron mine next door but ran out of energy…I can see from your shots that it is well worth having a look at. Lovely remains and a great view of the WHR running in the valley too.

    • Thanks, Iain. I’d been wanting to have a closer look at that marvellous square tower for a while. And yes, I’d reckon the slate quarry and the iron workings would merit two separate outings.

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