Another week in North Wales, with a little jaunt over the border to Liverpool – and back again!
At the industry’s peak, there were 759 Quarries in operation throughout Wales. Today we are at 7.
Penrhyn Quarry: http://www.welshslate.com
Peak output: 1870:
– 500,000 Tonnes of Slate Quarried
– 17,000 workers
– 15,000 Tonnes of Slate Quarried
– 280 workers.
Throughout the 1850s, large amounts of Welsh Slate was sent out to Australia in ships as ballast. Today, there is a large demand for Welsh Slate for conservation projects in Australia.
DAY 02:Stone Mason, William Taylor
Repair works to a private home in Handley.
Hosts: Recclesia Ltd (http://www.recclesia.com/)
Grade II Listed Cottage – 1630s
Host: Elgan Jones, Architect at Purcell.
**Speed-Sketch** of the of the internal timber-frame.
Home of Hedd Wyn – farmer, soldier, poet.
“Purcell were appointed to explore a sympathetic strategy and design to allow an increasing number of visitors into Yr Ysgwrn, the former home of Hedd Wyn, an iconic Welsh language bard. As the traditional farmhouse stands largely unchanged, and as Hedd Wyn would remember it, the layers of history and artefacts, including his bardic chairs, meant the greatest challenge of the project was developing sensitive designs and interpretive strategies for the visitor experience without impacting upon the historic fabric.” (https://find-an-architect.architecture.com/ArchitectPractices/Purcell-North-Wales/Projects/Yr-Ysgwrn-146878.aspx)
DAY 05: Merchant Taylors’ School, Crosby, Liverpool
Host: Lynda Junn, Chartered Surveyor of Jubb&Jubb (http://www.jubbandjubb.co.uk/)
‘Another Place’, 100 cast-iron, life-size figures spread out along three kilometres of the foreshore, stretching almost one kilometre out to sea by artist Antony Gormley.
WEEKENDING: Bardsey Island – (Welsh: Ynys Enlli)
Up there on one of my favourite places, anywhere.
So much goodness wrapped up in the beauty of one little island, its people and its history.