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Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Survey at the Maenofferen Slate Quarry

Royal Commission Investigators Susan Fielding and Scott Lloyd survey the interior of the slate processing shed
As part of both the Commission’s new Slate Quarries project and the Atlanterra project, RCAHMW Investigators have just completed their first week of survey at Maenofferen, part of the extensive quarrying complex at Blaenau Ffestiniog. We are currently recording the buildings within the processing complex and part of the wider industrial landscape including the tramways, inclines and workers cottages both to inform our research and to provide a conservation record of these features, many of which are listed buildings. The work will feed into a new slate quarries publication which will be published by the Commission in conjunction with David Gwyn… watch this space for more information.

Part of the buildings complex at Maenofferen; the slate processing shed stands to the right and the canteen to the left. Further features are lost in the mist and rain!
Week one of the survey completed despite typical Blaenau weather, hopefully the weather will improve when we will be back next week for more… we will provide an update on our progress!
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