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Posted: 10/04/2017 06:40:21
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There are three quarries at Esgairgeiliog (aka Ceinws) just south of Corris. The Fron Felen (aka Era) quarry is on the north side of the Nant Glesyrch about 1/4 mile east of Esgairgeiliog Village. Although much of the surface working has now been lost to forestry, at least one of the four adits is open - has anypne gone underground here?

The other two quarries are along small valley on the south bank of the Glesyrch. These were known as Cambrian Wynne and Cwm Gloddfa.

I'm writing a book chapter about the interlinked histories of these quarries. I'd be very interested to talk to anyone who has explored any of them.

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Dan
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Posted: 11/04/2017 11:39:07
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Have you spoken to Alan Richards who wrote an earlier book on the Corris Slate Quarries.

I also explored these levels but only vague memories of them

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Posted: 11/04/2017 15:51:37
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We've been into the open adit at Era a while back but seem to recall going in for about 100 feet or so and opening out into a couple of chambers. A roofing shaft was visible but blocked.
Seem to remember that there was evidence of the use of a channeling machine or coal cutter.

Thorpey may have some pictures on here.

We had a poke around but I think most of the surface was heavily disturbed when the forestry build the car parking higher up. There's a small open working and water disappears into the mine but we couldn't find any access. Might have to go back!

Martin
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Posted: 14/04/2017 04:35:12
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Thanks Mike. I'd love to speak to Alun Richards, as his book is the best coverage there is of Esgairgeiliog. Do you have contact details for him? IP: 67.180.63.60
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Posted: 14/04/2017 04:37:58
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hcd563 wrote:

We've been into the open adit at Era a while back but seem to recall going in for about 100 feet or so and opening out into a couple of chambers. A roofing shaft was visible but blocked.
Seem to remember that there was evidence of the use of a channeling machine or coal cutter.

Thorpey may have some pictures on here.

We had a poke around but I think most of the surface was heavily disturbed when the forestry build the car parking higher up. There's a small open working and water disappears into the mine but we couldn't find any access. Might have to go back!

Martin


Thanks Martin. I assume the open adit you're referring to is the one just by the road to Blaenglesyrch? That is, I believe the Era quarry level 1. Interesting that they used some sort of cutting machine, I hadn't heard that before. Thanks for the description! If you do go back, I'd be very interested in any photos you might have.

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Dan
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Posted: 14/04/2017 10:51:17
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I wonder was that the cutter that was used at Aberllyfenni and was trialled in Braich Goch in the last working chamber on Vanes Level? It's now on view at the slate museum on Llanberis. Fearsome looking beast!!

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