SH5660 : View along the line of pits at Glynrhonwy

taken 11 years ago, near to Llanberis, Gwynedd, Great Britain

View along the line of pits at Glynrhonwy
View along the line of pits at Glynrhonwy
Quarrying operations in these 5 pits of the Upper and Lower Glynrhonwy Quarries ended before 1930. From 1939 onwards they became the scene of a farcical scandal. The pit nearest the lake was chosen as one of Britain's 5 major bomb storage depots. Four of these depots were to experience disaster. One, Fauld in Shropshire, blew up. Three others fell down. Llanberis, in 1942, was the first to collapse. At a stroke, Britain lost 1/6th of its bombs. From 1943 onwards the remaining 4 pits at Glynrhonwy were used for the disposal of bombs. This was done in a totally irresponsible and inefficient manner, and a major operation had to be launched in the 1960s and 1970s to render these pits safe.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 14 January, 2007   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 19 January, 2007
Category
Quarry (disused)   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SH 568 608 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:7.5538N 4:8.4666W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SH 561 605
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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