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Winding Drumhouse and Incline

A Grade II Listed Building in Llanllyfni, Gwynedd

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.0596 / 53°3'34"N

Longitude: -4.2258 / 4°13'32"W

OS Eastings: 250933

OS Northings: 353692

OS Grid: SH509536

Mapcode National: GBR 5K.CCXY

Mapcode Global: WH54Z.1CZ8

Entry Name: Winding Drumhouse and Incline

Listing Date: 21 July 2000

Last Amended: 21 July 2000

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 23733

Building Class: Industrial

Location: Located to the south-east of the slate mill on Level VI (Bonc yr Offis) of Pen-yr-Orsedd Slate Quarry, the drumhouse is dramatically sited at the head of the incline running downhill to the south-east

County: Gwynedd

Town: Caernarfon

Community: Llanllyfni

Community: Llanllyfni

Locality: Pen-yr-Orsedd

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire

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History

Drumhouse built in the late 1860s or early '70s. The quarry opened c1816 when it was worked by William Turner. In 1863 it was bought by W A Darbishire & Co., after which it underwent substantial modernisation, reflected in the use of both water and steam power. During the 1890s about 450 men worked here; it finally closed in 1997.

Exterior

Consisting of 2 massive battered piers constucted of sawn slate blocks with a gable-ended slate roof; remains of a slate-built structure attached to south-east gable end. The slate-built incline survives in relatively good condition with some rails in situ; a flight of steps runs alongside.

Interior

Drumhouse retains winding drum with brake mechanism.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as a good example of a drumhouse and incline forming part of the remarkably well-preserved complex of slate quarry buildings at Pen-yr-Orsedd.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Slab Mill
    Directly adjoins the large slate mill on Level IV (Bonc Isa') of Pen-yr-Orsedd Slate Quarry.
  • II Locomotive Shed
    Directly adjoins the drumhouse on Level IV (Bonc Isa') of Pen-yr-Orsedd Slate Quarry.
  • II Barracks Building
    Located to the south-west of the quarry offices on Level VI (Bonc yr Offis) of Pen-yr-Orsedd Slate Quarry.
  • II Winding Drumhouse
    Located to the south-east of the slate mill on Level IV of Pen-yr-Orsedd Slate Quarry above the remains of the incline leading down to the start of the former Nantlle Railway below.
  • II Slate Mill
    Directly adjoining the slab mill to the south on Level IV (Bonc Isa') of Pen-yr-Orsedd Slate Quarry.
  • II Quarry Hospital
    Located to the south-east of the quarry offices on Level VI (Bonc yr Offis) of Pen-yr-Orsedd Slate Quarry.
  • II Quarry Offices
    Located between the store building to the north and the barracks to the south-west on Level VI (Bonc yr Offis) of Pen-yr-Orsedd Slate Quarry.
  • II Workshops
    Located to the south of the slate mill on Level VI (Bonc yr Offis) of Pen-yr-Orsedd Slate Quarry.

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