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Smithy and Workshop Range

A Grade II Listed Building in Ffestiniog, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 53.0015 / 53°0'5"N

Longitude: -3.9177 / 3°55'3"W

OS Eastings: 271409

OS Northings: 346628

OS Grid: SH714466

Mapcode National: GBR 5Z.GW9Z

Mapcode Global: WH559.STMC

Plus Code: 9C5R232J+HW

Entry Name: Smithy and Workshop Range

Listing Date: 1 February 1996

Last Amended: 1 February 1996

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 16889

Building Class: Commercial

Location: Immediately NE of the dressing mill on the main level of Maenofferen, a working quarry high above Llechwedd..

County: Gwynedd

Community: Ffestiniog

Community: Ffestiniog

Locality: Maenofferen Slate Quarry

Traditional County: Merionethshire

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Exterior: Single-storey smithy and maintenance workshop range; late C19 or early C20. Slate construction throughout. Large boarded double-doors to L (with railtrack leading to them) and a large multi-paned steel-framed window to R. To the R of this 2 further sections, each with a central double entrance and flanking windows as before, though narrower. 2 tin louvres to the R of the roof.

Interior: Three large workshops with dividing plastered walls, the smithy section to the R. This retains its original equipment and fittings and has 2 forges with iron hoods and internal brick flues; rail tracks run into the building for transportation. Work surfaces, tools and gantry crane are retained in the main workshop.

Included for group value with other listed items at Maenofferen, an exceptionally complete example of a slate quarry level.

References: D. Rh Gwyn and A. Davidson, 'Gwynedd Slate Quarries', Gwynedd Archaeological Trust Report No. 152, (forthcoming).

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Booster Station
    Located immediately to the E of the slate dressing mill and S of the smithy/workshop.
  • II Former Engine House
    Located immediately behind the electric booster house on the main level, NE of the slab mill.
  • II* Powered Incline Drumhouse including chimney
    At the end of a short rock tunnel linking the main Maenofferen level with the underground incline 100m E of the slab mill.
  • II* Slate Dressing Mill
    On the main Maenofferen level, a working underground quarry, high above Llechwedd.
  • II Former Weighbridge Hut
    Located immediately to the S of the powered incline drumhouse, at the mouth of the connecting tunnel to the main level; built against the rock facing the railtrack.
  • II Remote Incline Drumhouse
    Located approximately 150m NW of the slab mill on the main level of the quarry, on a bend and at the top of a long disused incline.
  • II Hydro-electric Powerstation
    Located 1km to the NW of the main Maenofferen level, in a sheltered hollow beneath the summit of Moel Bowydd; N gable into the rock.
  • II Tai Uncorn
    Set back behind a low walled garden on a slight rise at the NE end of the street.

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