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MOEL SIABOD SLATE AND SLAB WORKS

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NPRN 400563

Map Reference SH75NW

Grid Reference SH71795557

Unitary (Local) Authority Conwy

Old County Caernarfonshire

Community Capel Curig

Type of Site SLATE PROCESSING WORKS, SLATE QUARRY

Broad Class INDUSTRIAL

Period 19th Century

Site Description Moel Siabod (Foel) Slate Quarry and Slab Works is one of two slate quarries to the east of Moel-siabod on the Gwydir (Ancaster) Estate, which may have operated from the end of the eighteenth century, but was certainly being developed in 1838-40. The complex comprises a series of ruined buidlings and trackways, a large quarry (now flooded) and extensive slate spoil heaps. The quarry site has been recorded by participants of the summer Industrial Archaeology Course at Plas Tan y Bwlch, who recorded a series of ‘waliau’, three-sided shelters used by quarry men for splitting and dressing the slate. The quarry worked intermittently until 1884.
M. Railton, North Pennine Archaeology, 7th January 2011

Other sources include: A.J.Richards, A Gazeteer of the Welsh Slate Industry (1991), p.73.

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