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Gwynedd Archives: Meirionnydd Record Office
Llechwedd Quarry, Blaenau Ffestiniog, records

Reference code(s): GB 0220 Z/M/720

Held at: Gwynedd Archives: Meirionnydd Record Office

Title: Llechwedd Quarry, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Records

Short Title: Llechwedd Quarry, Blaenau Ffestiniog, records

Creation date(s): 1875-1916

Level of description: Fonds

Extent:

Name of creator(s): Llechwedd Quarry, Blaenau Ffestiniog; J. W. Greaves & Sons

CONTEXT

Administrative/Biographical history: Llechwedd Slate Quarry, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Merionethshire, was owned by J. W. Greaves & Sons during the 19th and 20th centuries. Tal-y-Weunydd is the western part of the quarry. The quarry, which was mostly underground, was opened in 1846. Highly-mechanised mills were established in 1852, and extensive use was made of waterpower for mill driving, pumping and haulage. By 1882, the quarry employed 553 men. By 1917, this figure had dropped to 110, due to the decline in the slate industry. Production is now concentrated in a mill built in the 1950s.

CONTENT

Scope and content/abstract: Account books, 1875-1881; prospectus, 1881-1886; Talyweunydd Quarry account books, 1886-1887; deeds, 1915-1916; and photographs.

ACCESS AND USE

Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: account books; prospectus; Talyweunydd Quarry account books; deeds; and photographs.

Conditions governing access: No restrictions.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Meirionnydd Archives, the National Register of Archives and the National Library of Wales.

ARCHIVAL INFORMATION

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records deposited at Meirionnydd Archives have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

ALLIED MATERIALS

Related material: Related papers are Merionethsire Archives, Z/DBE, and Caernarfon Record Office, Papers of R. M. Greaves, XD/96.

DESCRIPTION NOTES

Note: Title supplied from content of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Seri Crawley for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Meirionnydd Archives, Miscellaneous Collection (Dolgellau) Llechwedd Quarry, Blaenau Ffestiniog, records; Richards, Alun John, Slate Quarrying in Wales (Llanwrst, 1995); Richards, Alun John, A Gazeteer of the Welsh Slate Industry (Gwasg Carreg Gwalch, 1991).

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

Date(s) of descriptions: October 2004


INDEX ENTRIES
Subjects
Llechwedd Quarry | Records and correspondence
Slate industry | Wales | Blaenau Ffestiniog
Slate industry | Wales | Gwynedd | Archives
Talyweunydd Slate Quarry | Records and correspondence

Personal names

Corporate names
J.W. Greaves & Sons
Llechwedd Quarry
Talywaenydd Slate Quarry (Blaenau Ffestiniog, Wales)

Places
Blaenau Ffestiniog (Wales)

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