SH5861 : Looking north towards Ty Powdwr

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

Looking north towards Ty Powdwr
Looking north towards Ty Powdwr
This magazine was used for storing 'powdwr du' or 'pylor' (black powder), detonators, fuses and gelignite. Black powder was always used on 'good' rock. It had sufficient energy to dislodge blocks of slate rock from the rock face but not to blow the rock into smithereens. Each team of rockmen, armed with a permit, would make monthly visits to the magazine to collect a supply (usually 12.5 or 25lbs) of black powder. This would be transported back to the quarry in a rubber satchel. The powder would be shovelled into the bag with a brass shovel and men entering the magazine had to wear copper heeled over-boots. During war time the magazine had a permanent armed guard.

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Date Taken
Monday, 22 January, 2007   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 28 February, 2007
Category
Magazine   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SH 580 610 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:7.6546N 4:7.3595W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SH 580 610
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NORTH (about 0 degrees)
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