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Monday, 10 September 2012

A Return Visit to Maenofferen Slate Quarry

Members of Plas Tan y Bwlch Industrial Archaeology Group. NPRN 400427
The long established Plas Tan y Bwlch Industrial Archaeology Group has recently finished their annual field school in Snowdonia. The focus of this year’s work was MaenofferenSlate Quarry in Blaenau Ffestiniog, where the Royal Commission has been undertaking survey and investigation as part of its Slate Quarries Project.  Royal Commission Investigator Louise Barker spent two days working alongside the group who spent their time enhancing the Commission’s survey with valuable additional information on specific aspects of the site such as the machinery and underground remains.

The combined work will produce a valuable record of the quarry and will also be featured in the Commission’s forthcoming publication on the Archaeology of the Slate Industry, written by the Plas Tan y Bwlch course leader Dafydd Gwyn and due out in 2014.

Aerial view of Maenofferen Slate Quarry, Blaenau Ffestiniog. NPRN 400427

Also see:
05 Oct 2010
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 ...
11 Oct 2010
Survey at Maenofferen is nearly completed with an overall site plan encompassing the whole quarry complex including the original workers housing, the inclines for carrying away the processed slate and the tramways for ...

20 Oct 2010
The saw mill, which developed over four separate phases, is the largest building in the Maeofferen complex. A waterwheel in the centre of the left hand bay was fed by a launder carried on stone piers which can still be seen to ...

13 Oct 2010
The winding house complex at the top of the underground incline. A series of three winding drums in the centre section serve the rails, with a boiler house, engine house and possible compressor house making up the rest of ...

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