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Remote Incline Drumhouse

A Grade II Listed Building in Ffestiniog, Gwynedd

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.0013 / 53°0'4"N

Longitude: -3.9164 / 3°54'59"W

OS Eastings: 271490

OS Northings: 346606

OS Grid: SH714466

Mapcode National: GBR 5Z.GWNC

Mapcode Global: WH559.TT6H

Entry Name: Remote Incline Drumhouse

Listing Date: 1 February 1996

Last Amended: 1 February 1996

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 16896

Building Class: Industrial

Location: 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.

County: Gwynedd

Community: Ffestiniog

Community: Ffestiniog

Locality: Maenofferen Slate Quarry

Traditional County: Merionethshire

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Exterior

Description: Remote counter-balance incline drumhouse; late C19 or early C20. Slate construction with thick supporting gable walls carrying the original twin drums and coiled cable. Shallow-pitched slate roof, partly collapsed; heavily buttressed SE gable. The brake mechanism survives externally to the L, in front of a slate revetment wall.

Listed as an exceptionally scarce survival of an intact counter-balance incline drumhouse.

In poor condition at time of inspection (June 1995).

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

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    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* 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 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 Smithy and Workshop Range
    Immediately NE of the dressing mill on the main level of Maenofferen, a working quarry high above Llechwedd..
  • II* Slate Dressing Mill
    On the main Maenofferen level, a working underground quarry, high above Llechwedd.
  • 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
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