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Latitude: 53.2606 / 53°15'38"N
Longitude: -3.9251 / 3°55'30"W
OS Eastings: 271683
OS Northings: 375467
OS Grid: SH716754
Mapcode National: GBR 1Z1Q.0V
Mapcode Global: WH544.P93N
Entry Name: Sett Makers Huts at New Bank
Listing Date: 3 November 1995
Last Amended: 3 November 1995
Source ID: 16523
Building Class: Industrial
Location: Located on a slope above Penmaenmawr overlooking the sea and the quarry works below; on the New Bank of the former Graigclwyd quarry, now disused.
Locality: Penmaenmawr Quarry
Built-Up Area: Penmaenmawr
Traditional County: Caernarfonshire
Quarry at Penmaenmawr began on a formalised basis in the 1830s when the Graigclwyd quarry was found by Messrs Brassey and Tomkinson, though unofficial workings were established long before this date. The local granite, technically a quartz enstatite diabase, became prized for its quality and throughout the C19 and earlier C20 was used for the production of sett paving which was done on site. The quarried stone was also in demand for roadstone and railway ballets,, for which it continues to be used at present. Goverment-issued mineral statistics for the year 1858 show that the two quarries then in operation, Penmean and Graigclwyd, wer producing a combined total of 134,080 tons of setts and granite. The quarring industry at Penmaenmawr attracted a sizling labour force and led directly to the establishment of the town in the second half of the C19, many of the worker's terraces of which were built by successive quarry owners like C.H Darbishire in the last decades if the century.
Listed as an exceptionally scarce survival of an intact counterbalance incline drumhouse with associated sett makers' huts.
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