R. W. Williams, Penygroes Papers

Scope and Content

Nantlle Vale District Nursing Association minute books, 1915-1947, annual reports, 1932-1974; collecting books, 1940s; annual reports of other districts nursing association, 1930-1946; annual reports and rules of the natives of Glanau Llyfny, 1887-1898; Dorothea Quarry, 1890-1893; Nantlle Vale and Dinorvic Quarry hospital funds, 1927-1933; Union of Quarrymen papers, 1908-1958; slate industry papers, 1896-1957; health dangers in the quarries, 1930-1949; magazine for the quarrymen, 1949-1966, including Caban and Lleufer; unemployment papers, 1930-1964; opening of the Fferodo, Caernarvon, 1961; trade unionism, 1914-1939; miscellaneous, 1906-1963.

Administrative / Biographical History

R. W. Williams, Esq., of Caernarvon was the secretary of the North Wales Quarrymen's Union. In 1960, he was the Chairman of the Caernarvonshire Industrial Committee. The Dorothea Slate Quarry Company Limited was one of the companies operating in the Nantlle Valley. In 1949, it was suggested using a proportion of Nantlle Valley unemployed skilled labour in the Dinorvic and Penrhyn Quarries. The Ferodo Factory was opened at Griffiths Crossing, Caernarvon on 17th July 1961.


Arranged into the following: papers of the Nantlle Vale District Nursing Association and others; annual reports and rules of the natives of Glanau Llyfny; Dorothea Quarry; Nantlle Vale and Dinorvic Quarry hospital funds; papers of the Union of Quarrymen; papers relating to the slate industry; papers relating to the health dangers in the quarries; magazine for the quarrymen; papers relating to unemployment; opening of the Fferodo, Caernarvon; papers of the Labour Union; miscellaneous

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions.


Compiled by Seri Crawley for the ANW project. The following source was used to compile this description: Caernarfon Record Office, Catalogue of R.W.Williams.

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available in Caernarfon Record Office, the National Library of Wales and the National Register of Archives. The catalogue is available online.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright laws apply.

Appraisal Information

All records deposited at Caernarvon Record Office have been retained.


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