SH5745 : Gorseddau Quarry - a short lived venture

taken 12 years ago, near to Pont Aberglaslyn, Gwynedd, Great Britain

Gorseddau Quarry - a short lived venture
Gorseddau Quarry - a short lived venture
A small quarry existed on this site when, in 1845, Robert Gill of Mansfield and John Harris of Darlington took out a lease on the land at a cost of 2000 in the name of the recently floated Bangor & Portmadoc Slate and Slate Slab Company. During the next few years well over 200,000 of investors' money was spent on the quarry, 160,000 on this site, 22,000 on the Gorseddau tramway and the remainder on the Ty Mawr Ynyspandy slab mill SH5443 and on workers' housing at Treforus SH5645. The quarry never made a profit and the venture collapsed in 1867. One individual who did well out of the project was Daniel Griffith "Danial Bach y meinar" who with his team was responsible for opening the levels. He used to take weeks off to go shooting and fishing with the local gentry, staying at the best hotel in Porthmadog. After the collapse of Gorseddau he moved to Hendre Ddu quarry and continued the high life.
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Friday, 3 November, 2006   (more nearby)
Thursday, 23 November, 2006
Quarry (disused)   (more nearby)
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OSGB36: geotagged! SH 57 45 [1000m precision]
WGS84: 52:59.2698N 4:7.4574W
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