Note: addressed to Archdeacon Wright on coal-mining in the Holland arms area of Anglesey

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      GB 221 WM312/12
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      GB 221 WM/312/12
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      [20th cent.]
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NOTE: addressed to Archdeacon Wright on coal-mining in the Holland arms area of Anglesey. The writer describes where carious shafts were sunk, the information having been told him by his grandfather who worked at Evan Parry's mine. A pit shaft sunk under Plas Berw was 120 ft. deep and produced some good coal. But the pits were troubled with water and thrashing machines used to pump it out. This deep pit was eventually flooded and had to be abandoned. In 1917 the government took over the mines and tried to sink a pit near the railway viaduct at Malltraeth.

The writer then tells a bit about his family; his grandfather was born in Ty Uchaf, Lon Graig. His grandmother went into service with the rector of Tyn Llan and worked for the first rector of Gaerwen. The writer describes how about 25 women from Gaerwen used to collect rushes from the marshes, peel them, load them into big water cans and carry them, one on the head and one in each arm from Gaerwen to Voel y Don where they caught the ferry to Portdinorwic. From there they took the rushes to a factory in Caernarfon, loaded any shopping they did into the water cans and returned home by the same route.

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