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Gwynedd Archives: Caernarfon Record Office
Richards, Gordon H., and the Alexandra Quarry, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0219 XM/6703, XS/3082

Held at: Gwynedd Archives: Caernarfon Record Office

Title: Papers of Gordon H. Richards and the Alexandra Quarry

Short Title: Richards, Gordon H., and the Alexandra Quarry, papers

Creation date(s): 1857-1951

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 54 items

Name of creator(s): Gordon H. Richards; Alexandra Slate Company Ltd

CONTEXT

Administrative/Biographical history: Gordon H. Richards (fl. 1920-1950) of Caernarfon, Caernarfonshire, was a slate merchant. The Alexandra, Moeltryfan and Cilgwyn quarries were located in the Nantlle valley, Caernarfonshire. Alexandra Quarry was leased from the Crown by the Alexandra Slate Company Ltd, Llanwnda. It opened in the 1860s and at times employed up to 200 men. Nearby Moeltryfan Quarry was being worked from the 1880s and remained open until the 1970s. During the early 20th century all three were owned by the Amalgamated Slate Association Ltd, Caernarfon.

CONTENT

Scope and content/abstract: Records of Gordon H. Richards, 1920-1950, including bill books, 1920-1940 and ledgers, 1931-1950; deeds and other documents relating to Moeltryfan and Alexandra Quarries, Llanwnda, 1857-1902; letters relating to telephone lines in the Caernarfon area, 1897-[1898]; Cilgwyn Slate Co. book of rates, 1907; newspapers, slate price lists and booklets, 1918-1934; miscellaneous letters, 1921-1922; Amalgamated Slate Association cash book and correspondence, 1919-1951; group photographs relating to Caernarfon, 1899-1934.

ACCESS AND USE

Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: Gordon H. Richards; Moeltryfan and Alexandra Quarries; newspapers, price lists and miscellaneous material; photographs.

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Caernarfon Record Office and the National Library of Wales.

Language codes: eng

ARCHIVAL INFORMATION

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: No information found

ALLIED MATERIALS

DESCRIPTION NOTES

Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Caernarfon Record Office, Papers of Gordon H. Richards (Slate Merchant, Caernarfon) and the Alexandra Quarry, catalogue; Richards, Alun John, A Gazeteer [sic] of the Welsh Slate Industry (Llanrwst, 1991); Richards, Alun John, Slate Quarrying in Wales (Llanrwst, 1995).

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH

Date(s) of descriptions: September 2004


INDEX ENTRIES
Subjects
Deeds | Wales | Llanwnda (Gwynedd)
Quarries and quarrying | Wales | Gwynedd
Richards, Gordon H. | slate merchant of Caernarfon | Archives
Slate industry | Wales | Caernarvonshire

Personal names
Richards , Gordon H. , slate merchant of Caernarfon

Corporate names
Alexandra Slate Company
Amalgamated Slate Association

Places
Caernarfon (Wales)
Llanwnda (Gwynedd, Wales)

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