Papers of Gordon H. Richards and the Alexandra Quarry

Scope and Content

Records of Gordon H. Richards, 1920-1950, including bill books, 1920-1940 and ledgers, 1931-1950; deeds and other documents relating to Moeltryfan and Alexandra Quarries, Llanwnda, 1857-1902; letters relating to telephone lines in the Caernarfon area, 1897-[1898]; Cilgwyn Slate Co. book of rates, 1907; newspapers, slate price lists and booklets, 1918-1934; miscellaneous letters, 1921-1922; Amalgamated Slate Association cash book and correspondence, 1919-1951; group photographs relating to Caernarfon, 1899-1934.

Administrative / Biographical History

Gordon H. Richards (fl. 1920-1950) of Caernarfon, Caernarfonshire, was a slate merchant. The Alexandra, Moeltryfan and Cilgwyn quarries were located in the Nantlle valley, Caernarfonshire. Alexandra Quarry was leased from the Crown by the Alexandra Slate Company Ltd, Llanwnda. It opened in the 1860s and at times employed up to 200 men. Nearby Moeltryfan Quarry was being worked from the 1880s and remained open until the 1970s. During the early 20th century all three were owned by the Amalgamated Slate Association Ltd, Caernarfon.


Arranged into the following: Gordon H. Richards; Moeltryfan and Alexandra Quarries; newspapers, price lists and miscellaneous material; photographs.

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Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Caernarfon Record Office, Papers of Gordon H. Richards (Slate Merchant, Caernarfon) and the Alexandra Quarry, catalogue; Richards, Alun John, A Gazeteer [sic] of the Welsh Slate Industry (Llanrwst, 1991); Richards, Alun John, Slate Quarrying in Wales (Llanrwst, 1995).

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Caernarfon Record Office and the National Library of Wales.

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Usual copyright regulations apply

Appraisal Information

All records have been retained


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