Cwmorthin Slate Mine

A recent visit on Good Friday to the derelict slate mine at Cwmorthin (New Pictures) was the inspiration for a series of new pictures.
Cwmorthin Slate Quarry is a substantial disused underground working found on the shores of Llyn Cwmorthin above the famous slate-mining town of Blaenau Ffestiniog, North Wales. It is one of a number of mines that circle the town, most of which were enormous enterprises in their day. It has a long and complex history beginning in the early 1800's, though being at its most active towards the end of the 1800's. It was last worked (albeit on a very small scale) in the 1980's.: unquote. The Friends of Cwmorthin -