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Latitude: 53.0029 / 53°0'10"N
Longitude: -3.9432 / 3°56'35"W
OS Eastings: 269701
OS Northings: 346831
OS Grid: SH697468
Mapcode National: GBR 5Y.GW1Q
Mapcode Global: WH559.DSJ8
Entry Name: Crane at Former Llechwedd Sidings
Listing Date: 2 November 2001
Last Amended: 6 December 2001
Source ID: 25851
Building Class: Industrial
Location: Located by the side of the road on the former railway sidings, near the mouth of the Blaenau tunnel.
Locality: Llechwedd Slate Mine
Built-Up Area: Blaenau Ffestiniog
Traditional County: Merionethshire
In 1879, the LNWR opened a standard guage branch line from Betwes y coes to Blaenau Ffestiniog. Narrow and standard guage sidings were installed at Pant yr Afon to allow the transport of slates from the Llechwedd quarry on the LNWR. The crane house dates from approximately this time.
Cast-iron manually-operated hoist on coped sidings platform. The hoist consists of a tapering iron Doric column, the base of which has a swivel mechanism enabling rotation of the crane arm from side to side. A crankshaft operates a large spoked wheel which manipulates the arm; this is a tapering octagonal mast of painted pine, roughly 5m long. Foundry plate: W and J Galloway, Manchester.
Listed as a complete late C19 manual crane with group value with other listed items at the former Llechwedd sidings.
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