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Report - Dorothea Quarry - N.Wales - June 15

Discussion in 'Mines and Quarries' started by ledgehammer, Jun 23, 2015.

  1. ledgehammer

    ledgehammer 28DL Regular User
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    Second site in State of Decay North Wales trip. Absolutely massive site, and after a night of heavy rain, we got a bit lucky :-)

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    Dorothea Quarry commenced working in the early 1820s, though there were a number of smaller workings on or near the site before this. By 1848 it had become the dominant quarry in the area, employing 200 men and producing 5000 tons of finished slate. Production peaked in 1872 at 17442 tons. In the 1930s over 350 men were employed at Dorothea. Production dropped significantly after the start of World War II and the quarry closed in 1970.

    Since quarrying ended in 1970, the Dorothea Quarry has flooded and become a popular site for scuba diving (even though there are no facilities provided, and diving is officially banned in the quarry); the unregulated nature and depth of the site has encouraged some divers to overestimate their capabilities – in the decade 1994-2004 21 divers lost their lives in the quarry.

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    apologies, we missed the town hall with its impressive architecture...

    vid to follow,

    best...
     
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  2. ledgehammer

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    Looks lovely mate, I know that there are some eyewateringly good coal boilers here, this part of the country is gorgeous.
     
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    It makes an excellent stroll Dorothea, lots to see hidden amongst the trees. I did like the underground section of the railway. Nicely captured and cheers for sharing :thumb
     
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    Cheers, it was a nice hike, just a shame we missed the town hall:

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    ah well excuse to go back :-)

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    Good stuff fella :thumb
     
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