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Chwarel Rhosydd Floor 9 Barracks, Moelwynion
Dave Williams, Jan 2019
© Dave Williams/Steep Stone
Camera used: Nikon D90
Date taken: 23rd January 2019
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Works well in B&W. Hyfryd iawn wir Dave.
Myfyr Tomos - 25/Jan/19
Sylwadau caredig iawn Myfyr. Diolch o galon.
Dave Williams - 25/Jan/19
Chwarel Rhosydd slate mine lies at 450-500 metres on a bleak mountain pass between the Croesor and Cwm Orthin valleys, just to the NW of Moelwyn Mawr. As Rhosydd was remote from any major settlements, it was normal practice for the quarrymen to barrack or lodge at the quarry during the week. They would arrive early on the Monday morning, carrying enough food to last through the week. To get to work entailed a hard walk, in all weathers, over rough mountain paths from Croesor, Blaenau Ffestiniog or Beddgelert.
Life in the barracks at most quarries was uncomfortable but at Rhosydd's Floor 9 barracks conditions were generally considered to be the very worst in the industry. These barracks were overcrowded, damp and squalid, with no washing facilities other than the nearest stream.
Chwarel Rhosydd finally closed in 1930.
Dave Williams - 25/Jan/19
If those stones could speak...
Mick Ward - 26/Jan/19
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