SH5961 : Rock Face at Ponc Lernion

taken 12 years ago, near to Dinorwig, Gwynedd, Great Britain

Rock Face at Ponc Lernion
Rock Face at Ponc Lernion
The working rock face in the galleries ranged between 53 and 86 feet in height. It was divided into 'bargains' i.e. working areas up to 18 feet wide each quarried by one half of each bargain gang of 6 or 8 men. The other half processed the quarried rock into finished slate. These working areas were termed 'bargeinion' (bargains) because a price had to be negotiated monthly with the 'stiward gosod' - the bargain setter. If the team made a good bonus the previous month, then the setter reduced the poundage the following month. In the hey day of the industry, the quality of the bargain allocated to a gang often depended on its religious and political affiliations. The members were paid a basic weekly salary which was topped up by the monthly bonus paid according to the number of slates produced based on the poundage agreed at the beginning of the month. However, each team had to pay for the powder and tools used, e.g. holes drilled by the foot (6d a foot in 1940), use of dressing machine (2s 2d), pay for ropes, pay the blacksmith for sharpening tools, labourers for moving waste, hospital money etc. All these ate into the bonus.
It was not unknown for men to have slaved for a month and come home not only without a bonus but actually owing money to the company. This was in an age when the Hon. W.W. Vivian, the then, general manager was left a cool 70,000 in his employers' will.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 24 May, 2006   (more nearby)
Thursday, 7 December, 2006
Quarry (disused)   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SH 599 612 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:7.7699N 4:5.7239W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SH 599 612
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Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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