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Report - Tonfanau Quarry, Tonfanau / Tywyn, July 2013

Discussion in 'Mines and Quarries' started by Darren Turner, Aug 7, 2013.

  1. Darren Turner

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    Tonfanau Quarry

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    Little is known about this very small quarry on the coast of west wales, i have been speaking to some locals who tell me quarrying began work here in the late 1800s and that it is a granite only quarry which was very unusual as most quarry’s & mines in the area produced welsh slate, Its claim to fame was that It's apparently one of the hardest granite in Europe.

    Old steam engines brought the granite from the quarry to the main line Cambrian coast railway to be sent mainly around wales but also further afield.

    Seafront houses and building on marine parade in Tywyn the nearest town were built from granite from the quarry’s early days, you can also still see granite curb stones on the high street which also originate from the quarry.

    The quarry ceased work approx. 5 years ago, toward the end of its life the stone was mainly used for building and repairing roads.


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    thanks for view my first post

    Darren
     
    #1 Darren Turner, Aug 7, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2013

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