Princess May Water Balance, Penrhyn Quarry

Date

17 September 2017

Location

Penrhyn Quarry, Bethesda
SH 62228 65513; 53.16883°N, 4.06249°W

Information

Princess May is one of the two surviving water balances at Penrhyn Quarry; the other is called Sebastopol and has been restored. Originally there were eight at the quarry… [Read more about the water balance and see more photographs from 2011 here]

Further Reading

Princess May Water Balance, Penrhyn Quarry;
Zip World Adventure Terminal;
Penrhyn Quarry

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Horseshoe Pass, Llangollen

Horseshoe Pass, Llangollen

Horseshoe Pass, Llangollen

Date

27 November 2016

Location

Horseshoe Pass, Llangollen
SJ 18587 46643; 53.01086°N, 3.21486°W

Information

The Horseshoe Pass is located 5 km north of Llangollen at the southern end of the Clwydian mountain range in Denbighshire. The A542 road goes through the pass where it reaches a maximum height of 417 metres (1368 feet).

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Tan Dinas Quarry, Llanddona

Tan-Dinas Quarry, Llanddona

Tan Dinas Quarry, Llanddona

Date

10 July 2015

Location

Tan-Dinas, Llanddona, Anglesey
SH 58507 82023; 53.31616°N, 4.12546°W

Information

Tan Dinas Quarry is located on the Anglesey coast 2.5 km north of Llanddona. It appears on the 1889 edition of the local Ordnance Survey map and is marked as being disused by the 1919 edition. The limestone quarry and concrete works were later re-opened by Cawood & Wharton Ltd and closed again in the 1950s. In the late 1960s equipment, including a 2 ft gauge railway system, was removed from the site.

In 1951 Constable John Emlyn Jones was awarded the British Empire Medal for heroism in the rescue of a boy who had gotten into difficulties at the quarry. The boy had become stuck half way up the rock face unable to climb further up or down. Constable Jones was lowered down to a ledge from where he made his way to the stranded boy and then managed to lower him down to the safety of the beach below using a second rope he had taken with him.

Further Reading

Aerial views of Tan Dinas Quarry, 1951 (RCAHMW)

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