The Slate Industry of North and Mid Wales

Photo gallery - page 7

A winter's day near Blaenau Ffestiniog.

An old tipper truck

A venerable Aveling-Barford tipper truck awaits the scrapman.  The introduction of such vehicles spelt the end for most quarry tramways.

Power to the wheel

This line of pillars once carried an aqueduct supplying water to a quarry waterwheel.

Power from the wheel

Power was distributed from the water wheel using this system of shafts, wheels and belts.

The blacksmith's shop

This building would once have been at the heart of quarrying operations.


This plant is native to the Himalayas but also seems to find North Wales to its liking!  Underneath this colourful display lies a quarry incline.

Tipmen's shelter

It was a hard life working on the slate tips.  The men built simple shelters like this one to protect themselves against the elements.

A vista of some of the Blaenau quarries

The disused Dyffws Casson and Fotty & Bowydd quarries, this photo was taken some years ago.  Since then the tips have been extensively reworked for recoverable slate.

Llechwedd Slate Caverns and Miner's Tramway

The restored quarrymen's village at Llechwedd Slate Caverns in Blaenau Ffestiniog with a selection of preserved quarry wagons in the foreground.

A Jwmpah

A Jwmpah is a long weighted rod used to manually bore a hole and is shown here piercing a slab of slate at Llechwedd Slate Caverns

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