#403 – Pen-yr-Orsedd Quarry Part 3


Winding engine (I think) in one of the sheds.

Just a few more random ones from the visit. It was good to have some expert accompaniment on the visit, so thanks again to Iain Robinson for spending a good part of the day with me as he’s very knowledgeable on the local quarry industry and has visited and researched many of the local quarries. As I mentioned in the first post in this series, his blog robinsonmaps.blogspot.com is a brilliant read for anyone with an interest in this field.


Graffiti scratched into the slate windowsill of a building.


Primitive coat hooks. Amazing that they’ve lasted this long!


This started off as a powdered milk can, and then became a brew tin. It still hangs up by the entrance to one of the winders.


Close up of the clutch and gearing to one of the blondin winders. Some lovely textures in there.


Smiley face:)


A salt battery, somewhat Dickensian by the time the place closed.



Yet another abandoned compressor. There seems to be a few of these lying round here and other North Wales quarries, and it’s one of those peculiarities of the slate industry that they weren’t all cut up for scrap when the place closed. I can understand maybe somewhere as inaccessible as Dinorwic, but less so here.

Last one of the inside looking out pictures from the day.




2 Comments Add yours

  1. It was a great pleasure to accompany you, Andy- and watch a proper photographer at work! These shots are very fine indeed and I love the way you have homed in on the detail around the machinery. I didn’t notice at the time, but the brew tin is hanging up from a track spike 🙂


    1. andy says:

      Thanks again Iain, and I look forward to coming to see some more quarries again with you soon! I hadn’t noticed the brew tin hook either!


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