Pred shares ardour for historical past of the slate business in new e-book

Pred shares passion for history of the slate industry in new book

Porthmadog historian Martin Pritchard has appeared within the Cambrian Information many occasions to advertise his books in town, however this time he’s kindly selling the work of one other.

The brand new e-book entitled Victorian Slate, Product and producers in Gwynedd and Past by Pred Hughes of Porthmadog was launched on 22 October.

“Pred is an area historian with a deep curiosity in slate quarrying and mining in North Wales having labored within the slate business in Blaenau Ffestiniog and Dyffryn Nantlle for 22 years,” Martin explains.

“In 2003 he joined the workers on the Nationwide Slate Museum of Wales. He semi-retired in 2016 and he’s now a freelancing information with the Go Beneath Journey Excursions.

“He has appeared on tv reveals on S4C and most lately Will Millard’s Hidden Wales on BBC Cymru the place he confirmed Will across the Cwmorthin Quarry in Tanygrisiau.

“That is the second e-book written by Pred Hughes, his first was known as Foundries Amidst the Slate Business of North West Wales printed in 2015. This e-book once more reveals Pred’s ardour for the historical past of Victorian business within the space.

“It would broadly clarify to the reader what different manufacturing industries have been concerned with making different merchandise from slate somewhat than simply for roofing.”

The e-book, an A4 paperback, has many fascinating pictures which illustrate the onset of the commercial revolution, describing what occurred in the course of the nineteenth century in Caernarfonshire and Meirionnydd because the slate business quickly grew to roof the ever rising cities and villages of the UK, in addition to the far reaches of the British Empire; roofing slates have been the dominant product of the mines and quarries of Caernarfonshire and Meirionnydd.

The e-book gives a broad background about different slate merchandise, to their producers – who have been largely impartial from the quarries and mines – and to their premises.

“These merchandise have been equipped to the rising communities and industries which had come to demand all of the conveniences of Victorian life,” stated Martin.

A lot of those premises have been referred to in Welsh as iard llechi, `slate yard’, however what they produced was very assorted.

Many have been `writing` slate works, others slate enamellers and monumental slate works.

The output from these yards embrace slate tanks/vats for dwelling, farms and industries, door and window sills, toilets/urinals, flooring, shelving, snooker, billiard and bagatelle beds, memorial head stones, kerbs and tombs, church altars, mantle clocks and fireplace surrounds.

Slate roof ridges and wings have been one other product, a few of them patented, suggesting a robust competitors amongst the producers.

“The e-book is a should for anybody fascinated with slate mining and quarrying in North West and Mid Wales,” stated Martin.

It’s accessible at native bookshops in Porthmadog and the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway store in Porthmadog for £14. It may also be ordered from the writer for an additional £3 p&p at

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