Secret Chester

Secret Chester

Slate, Sail and Steam

A History of the Industries of Porthmadog

Publication Date15th April 2016

Book FormatPaperback

pages96

Illustrations20

Height234

Width165

Using a wonderful collection of images and drawing on his background in the area, John Idris Jones explores the fascinating history of these industries.
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ISBN
9781445653471
Porthmadog was once host to a wide variety of industries. Its slate went to Germany and exists there today on the roofs of thousands of dwellings, as well as to America, where the Boston Court House is roofed with Welsh slate. The slate often travelled in Porthmadog-built vessels – over 200 sailing ships were built in Porthmadog between 1830 and 1914. The Moelwyn mountains' mines, which held the world's largest deposit of slate, employed around 3,000 men in the nineteenth century. In the 1830s, the Festiniog Railway Company was formed, in order to carry slate between Blaenau and Porthmadog harbour, leading to the development of the famous 'Double Fairlie' locomotive there.

Using a wonderful collection of images and drawing on his background in the area, John Idris Jones explores the fascinating history of these industries.
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