NEW SMARTPHONE APP (MP4 format). Scenes from the Dinorwic Quarrie Auction. Re-inactment of Fire Queen travelling down the lake side for the last time.



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Dinorwic Quarries

NEW SMARTPHONE APP (MP4 format) – Download our Dinorwic Quarries Auction Sales Movie 1969-70. A long lost Newsreel and short feature colour video film 21 minutes long, covering the lives of four redundant Quarry workers view of the auction. A classic documentary film about redundancy, the abrupt ending of their working lives. To be thrown onto the scrap heap never to work again or hear the hooter sounds no more, the end for ever. To learn from the past you should look at the Dinorwic Slate Quarries download 1969-70, there is over 1000 illustrated lots helping to tell the quarryman’s 160 years of heritage. Each lot has a unique part to play linking the 700 acre’s history, by telephone and narrow gauge railway, from packhorse, and steam-power to diesel, from water-power to electricity. With the quarryman working in dangerous conditions and all weathers, added to that the high cliffs to climb, and large slate slabs constantly falling around you. Accidents where bound to happen. Around 1860 a first class cottage hospital was established leading to the very latest medical care in its day. Not forgetting the walking from all parts of Gwynedd, and Anglesey the talking, singing and learning after work in the barracks. The quarrymen would go on to form a trade union and fight for better wages and conditions, establish the new North Wales University in Bangor, go on to fight in two world wars, only to lose their livelihood with a general economic and industrial decline, started with Beeching in 1960’s to reduce costs.