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Incline Drumhouse at New Bank

A Grade II Listed Building in Penmaenmawr, Conwy

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.2607 / 53°15'38"N

Longitude: -3.9251 / 3°55'30"W

OS Eastings: 271687

OS Northings: 375468

OS Grid: SH716754

Mapcode National: GBR 1Z1Q.1V

Mapcode Global: WH544.P93N

Entry Name: Incline Drumhouse at New Bank

Listing Date: 3 November 1995

Last Amended: 3 November 1995

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 16522

Building Class: Industrial

Location: Located on a slope above Penmaenmawr overlooking the sea and the quarry works below; on the New Bank of the former Graigclwyd quarry, now disused.

County: Conwy

Community: Penmaenmawr

Community: Penmaenmawr

Locality: Penmaenmawr Quarry

Built-Up Area: Penmaenmawr

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire

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History

Quarry at Penmaenmawr began on a formalised basis in the 1830s when the Graigclwyd quarry was found by Messrs Brassey and Tomkinson, though unofficial workings were established long before this date. The local granite, technically a quartz enstatite diabase, became prized for its quality and throughout the C19 and earlier C20 was used for the production of sett paving which was done on site. The quarried stone was also in demand for roadstone and railway ballets,, for which it continues to be used at present. Goverment-issued mineral statistics for the year 1858 show that the two quarries then in operation, Penmean and Graigclwyd, wer producing a combined total of 134,080 tons of setts and granite. The quarring industry at Penmaenmawr attracted a sizling labour force and led directly to the establishment of the town in the second half of the C19, many of the worker's terraces of which were built by successive quarry owners like C.H Darbishire in the last decades if the century.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as an exceptionally scarce survival of an intact counterbalance incline drumhouse with associated sett maker's huts.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Sett Makers Huts at New Bank
    Located on a slope above Penmaenmawr overlooking the sea and the quarry works below; on the New Bank of the former Graigclwyd quarry, now disused.
  • II Graiglwyd Farmhouse
    Located approximately 1.5km S of Penmaenmawr, overlooking the town on a hillside site within its own walled orchard; accessed from the lance via a short farm track.
  • II Primary Barn at Graiglwyd Farmhouse
    Located approximately 1.5km S of Penmaenmawr, overlooking the town on a hillside site immediately to the E of the farmhouse; accessed from the lane via a short farm track and oriented N-S, its S gable
  • II Brynmor
    Located in the centre of the town at right-angles with the street, and facing E behind a rubble garden wall.
  • II Brynmor Cottage
    Located in the centre of the town at right-angles with the street, and facing E behind a rubble garden wall.
  • II Gladstone Monument
    Located on an island at the cross-roads with Paradise Road, immediately N of the main street, Pant-yr-Afon.
  • II Penmaenmawr Railway Station
    Located at the N edge of the town at the bottom of Paradise Road.
  • II Church of St Seiriol
    Towards the eastern edge of Penmaenmawr, on a narrow road above the main street

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