Sub-sub-fonds GF - Gogerddan mining and quarrying records

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Gogerddan mining and quarrying records


  • 1656-1924 (Creation)

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43 vols, 4 boxes (loose leases), 102 bundles, 7 folders, 40 envelopes, 7 loose items

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Records of the Gogerddan estate deriving from the industrial exploitation of minerals and quarry stone on the estate. The majority relate to the mines and quarries in north Cardiganshire, 1656-1924, covering mostly the area between Aberystwyth and Machynlleth but also including Grogwynion at Llanafan. The group also contains a substantial quantity of letters and papers arising from the development of the Plynlimon and Hafan Tramway 1875-1919; and a small number of leases, letters and accounts relating to mining and quarrying in Merioneth, 1699-1913, Montgomeryshire, 1864-1881, and Flintshire, 1740. The papers record almost every aspect of lead, silver and copper mining in Cardiganshire, describing the initial surveys, the processing and extraction of ore, the equipment required, the output of the mines, the impact on the Cardiganshire landscape, the shipping of ores to Swansea, the investment and commercial aspects, and relations between the Gogerddan estate and the mining companies. It is interesting to note the involvement of investors and prospectors from Flintshire, Derbyshire, Cornwall, Scotland and London. This section is also a rich source of personal names, both of the mining contractors and their work-force. For the names of the mines and further details, see the sections below.

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Arranged into four sections comprising mining and quarrying records relating to Cardiganshire in general, the Hafan Tramway, Merioneth, and Montgomeryshire and Flintshire.

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Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to abide by the conditions set out in information provided when applying for their Readers' Tickets, whereby the reader shall become responsible for compliance with the Data Protection Act 2018 and the General Data Protection Regulation 2018 in relation to any processing by them of personal data obtained from modern records held at the Library. = Disgwylir i ddarllenwyr sydd am ddefnyddio papurau modern yn Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru gydymffurfio â Deddf Warchod Data 2018 a Rheoliadau Diogelu Data Cyffredinol 2018 yng nghyd-destun unrhyw brosesu ganddynt o ddata personol a gasglwyd o gofnodion modern sydd ar gadw yn y Llyfrgell. Nodir y manylion yn yr wybodaeth a roddir wrth wneud cais am Docyn Darllen.

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Most of the group of lead-mining records formerly numbered 2000-3211, dated 1740-1918, are calendared in a hard-copy schedule 'A Schedule of Lead-Mine Records in the Gogerddan Collection' (NLW 1958)

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For Pembrokeshire coal mining records, see Gogerddan section H and for Montgomeryshire lead mining, see section J

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Publication note

Jenkins, David, ‘The Pryse family of Gogerddan II’ in National Library of Wales Journal, Vol. VIII (1953-1954), pp. 177-193

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Previous refs: Boxes 25A-B, 30A-D, 31A-C, 32A-B (Parcels P119-121, 127-128, previous numbers 2000-3211) plus further items found in other boxes, and relevant volumes. Two of the box numbers were misrepresented in the former NLW Box List. The corrections are: 31B (not 318); 31C (not 31E). The records have been reorganised and renumbered, with the old references noted where present.

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