HistoryPoints News

Oct 4, 2022

Snowdonia slate industry's cradle

Many people pass the old Cilgwyn quarry site each year as they follow the Snowdonia Slate Trail, and now they can scan HistoryPoints QR codes to discover that this is probably where the region's vast slate industry had ...

its origins. Slate was quarried there by the 13th century, and archaeologists have matched slates found at a Roman fort to the vicinity of Cilgwyn. Much later, Cilgwyn was the first quarry in the area to use electricity and was unusual in allowing the quarrymen to choose the quarry doctor. You'll find our QR codes on the gateposts where the footpath runs just below one of the quarry's waste rock rips. You can also read the information by clicking here