Slate Industry of North and Mid Wales
Quarry employed over 3000 men at its peak and many of these
locally or caught the quarry train on the Padarn Railway to
work each day.
However men from Anglesey, in particular, required to lodge
at the quarry each week. They left home early on a
and returned on saturday afternoon. Provisions
for the week
were carried on their journey. One of their homes for
the week was
the Anglesey Barracks high up in the quarry. Anglesey
of two identical blocks of 11 units facing each other across
street. Each unit has a living room with a fireplace
and a bedroom
with space for four men. Amenities were few - no
mattresses, toilets or running water, just basic furniture
and little else.
Windows were provided only onto the street. This way
of life survived
until 1948 when an unannounced visit by the local Public
saw the barracks condemned as unfit for human
habitation. After that
the quarrymen from Anglesey travelled daily by bus.
The, now derelict
and ruined, barracks may still be viewed today by following
paths in the Padarn Country Park at Llanberis.
page: Dorothea slate quarry and the Nantlle area
to "Aspects of the Slate Industry"