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Posted: 11/07/2019 22:33:59
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I recently read an interesting article in a WMS newsletter about a 'crystal' mine on Moel Meirch near Nant Gwynant - crystal being gem quality quartz for collectors.

Having a browse of the general area on the OS map I notice there are tips and a level at SH 6451 5044, this being some distance from the aforementioned crystal affair. I wonder if it's a slate site along the lines of those at Blaen Nanmor which are in the Cwm Eigiau formation, but this seems to be associated with the Lower Rhyolitic Tuff (difficult to place the precise location of the level from the map), so could be mineral or silica working ?

Nothing in AN dB.

Might be a Friday afternoon option if it's not chucking it down.

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Posted: 12/07/2019 07:56:09
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Robin

The 6 inch maps shows the woods below as "Hone Quarry Wood" which might give a clue. Having been up Moel Meirch from the Nant Gwynant side in wet summer weather I remember getting soaked to the skin flogging up through neck deep bracken - enjoy!

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Posted: 12/07/2019 13:56:25
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Ah. That might be an autumn option then. Don't fancy picking up ticks from foliage.

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Posted: 12/07/2019 23:28:48
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This seems to be the same site as the one Gwynfor Pierce Jones and Alun John Richards name as Nantgwynant (Cwm Gwyrfai, 2004, p. 204). They give the grid reference as SH645505? (note question mark), which is marked as "Tip" on the Defra's "Magic Map".

The authors say that the site may be one of Alan Searell's trials for slate and suggest that hones were produced there.

They describe it as "Excavation and spoil heap".

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Posted: 13/07/2019 12:42:30
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BertyBasset wrote:

I recently read an interesting article in a WMS newsletter about a 'crystal' mine on Moel Meirch near Nant Gwynant - crystal being gem quality quartz for collectors.

I think the mine that Berty refers to is at SH65665017 – see Welsh Mines Society Newsletter 53 p. 21 and 55 p. 38.

On the subject of rock crystal collecting/mining in north Wales and Wales generally, there were items in the WMS newsletters 55 p. 39, 57 p. 34, 61 p. 21 and 64 p. 9.

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Posted: 14/07/2019 17:39:38
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Thanks Dave. I'll have a look at those issues. IP: 86.149.232.15
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