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Latitude: 52.6562 / 52°39'22"N
Longitude: -3.839 / 3°50'20"W
OS Eastings: 275707
OS Northings: 308089
OS Grid: SH757080
Mapcode National: GBR 92.5RG1
Mapcode Global: WH687.0H6H
Entry Name: Slate Fencing for the Ratgoed Tramway and adjoining fields
Listing Date: 6 December 1999
Last Amended: 6 December 1999
Source ID: 22743
Building Class: Agriculture and Subsistence
Location: The fencing lies to the NE of Capel Rehoboth, between the road and the river.
Traditional County: Merionethshire
The track of the tramway above Aberllefenni runs NE along the valley of the Afon Dulas, then turns N to the quarries at Cymerau and Ratgoed. Ratgoed Quarry opened in c1860 and the products were transported by horse tram to Aberllefenni for onward carriage by the Corris railway, in steam from 1879. Slate fencing of a type particular to the district was necessary through the lowland sections to prevent animals straying on to the line.
The fencing consists of two lines of slate slabs set vertically, c4 m apart, and secured together by wire strands at the top and bottom. The section E of Capel Rehoboth is approximately 200m long, and is joined at right angles by a field fence of similar construction running SE for 35m, to meet a further fence approximately 80m long running nearly parallel to the tramway. At the chapel end, a further length of similar fencing, 35m long, runs up to the road.
Included as a very well preserved section of the distinctive type of fencing employed in the Corris district, and of interest as part of the tramway formation beyond its junction with the Corris Railway at Aberllefenni, an essential element in the transportation system of the slate industry of the mid C19.
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