Votty and Bowydd Slate Quarry Co. Ltd Records

Scope and Content

Records of Votty and Bowydd Slate Quarry Co. Ltd, 1850-1964, consisting of administrative records, 1850-1962, including deeds and related documents, 1850-1913; director's reports and balance sheets, 1875-1934; miscellaneous balance sheets, 1913-1924; financial records, 1874-1961, including certified accounts, 1886-1914; records of slate sales, 1882-1962, including slate price lists, 1882-1951; production and equipment records, 1891-1963; wages records, 1871-1962; time books, 1910-1964; accident records, 1898-1963; slate carriage and shipment records, 1934-1962; correspondence and related records, 1868-1963; plans, 1852-1939; photographs, [c. 1900]-1936; and records of Yale Electric Power Co., 1899-1935.

Administrative / Biographical History

Votty and Bowydd Slate Quarry Co. Ltd, were based in Blaenau Ffestiniog, Merionethshire. Bowydd Quarry was begun in the 18th century but developed substantially after being amalgamated with Votty Quarry in the 1830s. By 1882, the quarry employed 344 workers, and by the end of the 19th century, nearly 500 men worked for the company. Slate was carried for shipment near Maentwrog, Merionethshire, until 185,4 when a direct connection with the Ffestiniog Railway was built. Afterwards the quarry was taken over by Oakeley Slate Quarries Co. Ltd in 1933 and finally closed in 1963. The company held shares in Yale Electric Power Co. Ltd, Denbighshire.


Arranged into the following: Company records; Financial records; Sales of slate; Production and equipment; Wages and working conditions; Slate carriage and shipments; Correspondence and other papers; Miscellaneous; Plans; Photographs; and Yale Electric Power Co. Ltd records.

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions


Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Archifdy Meirionnydd Archives, Cwmni Chwarreli Votty a Bowydd Cyf/ The Votty and Bowydd Slate Quarry Co. Ltd, catalogue; Richards, Alun John, Slate Quarrying in Wales (Llanrwst, 1995); Richards, Alun John, A Gazeteer of the Welsh Slate Industry (Gwasg Carreg Gwalch, 1991).

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available in Meirionnydd Archives, the National Library of Wales and the National Register of Archives.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply.

Appraisal Information

All records deposited at Meirionnydd Archives have been retained.


Accruals are not expected

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