History in Structure

This site is entirely user-supported. See how you can help.

Remote Incline Drumhouse

A Grade II Listed Building in Ffestiniog, Gwynedd

We don't have any photos of this building yet. Why don't you be the first to send us one?

Upload Photo »

Approximate Location Map
Large Map »


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

Plus Code: 9C5R232M+GC

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

Find accommodation in


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).

Recommended Books

Other nearby listed buildings

  • 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* 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
    Set back behind a low walled garden on a slight rise at the NE end of the street.

BritishListedBuildings.co.uk is an independent online resource and is not associated with any government department. All government data published here is used under licence. Please do not contact BritishListedBuildings.co.uk for any queries related to any individual listed building, planning permission related to listed buildings or the listing process itself.

British Listed Buildings is a Good Stuff website.