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Report - Moel Fferna slate mine, Wales 2012

Discussion in 'Mines and Quarries' started by The Kwan, Jul 9, 2012.

  1. The Kwan

    The Kwan Easily Led
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    Mar 28, 2011
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    I visited here with Walsh and as usual we had a fantastic visit but not without drama. I found Moel Fferna to be a bit like Penarth, cold and unfriendly it was so huge that taking pictures and video was very difficult due to every lumin being sucked into the chasmic spaces and dark slate...Thanks to Morrisey for the info.


    Early workings tended to be in surface pits, but as the work progressed downwards, it became necessary to work underground. This was often accompanied by the driving of one or more adits to gain direct access to a Level. In some rare instances, such as here (Moel Fferna), there is no trace of surface workings and the workings were entiely underground.

    Moel Frerna has chambers which follow the slate vein, connected via a series of horizontal Floors (or 'Levels'). The chambers vary in size and are divided by 'pillars' or walls which support the roof. The floors are connected by 'Inclines' which used wedge-shaped trolleys to move trucks between levels.

    At Moel Fferna a team could produce up to 35 tons of finished slate a week. In 1877 they received about 7 shillings a ton for this. After paying wages for the manager, clerks and 'trammers' the company could make a clear profit of twice this amount. This system was not finally abolished until after the Second World War.

    getting in was fun via an electron ladder that kept catching the eye hooks on my boots.

    The cog and pipeline


    A huge chamber, the size of these spaces has to be seen to be believed

    shonkey bridge

    some really old graff....Im sorry miss jackson Oooooh!

    Wild woodies

    Walsh lining one up...check out the roof which was one of its best features

    Tunnels off in all directions, Moel Fferna was awesome in its massiveness


    The way out
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    Thanks for looking

    check the video..earplugs advisory:thumb

    we also did a santa dash visit to MF..video below


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  2. Regcar

    Regcar 28DL Full Member
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    Was on summit of Moel Fferna the other day, very windy, so did not hang about. I walk from the road near Tregeiriog in the Ceiriog Valley across the hill to the James Darlington Memorial, up to Moel Fferna and down to the A5 at Llidiart y parc, nice little walk, past some fabulous scenery. Amazing when heather in flower.
    Did not realise that this one had a vast underground network. Thought it was only Penarth and The Deeside Slab Quarry. Makes me feel humble when I think of the miners working up there in all weathers. Must have been a killer walking up there in the winter.
  3. The Kwan

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    I feel just the same way when I am in a mine, imagining the noise when it was running at full tilt...always in awe of the people who spent their working lives in such places :)
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