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Llanddu (Blodwel)

British Quarrying Company.
Later A.R.C.

1875 map showing Llanddu Quarry bottom left of the map. This quarry was different from the Porthywaen Quarries as Llanddu quarried Granite, which would later be used as ballast on the Cambrian Railway.

1901 map showing a small Llanddu Quarry with Tramways leading north towards the Cambrian Railway.(Nantmawr branch)

Early photo of the British Quarrying Co workers with their manager Mr Walter Lloyd.(Far right)

1954 photo of the workers at the Amalgamated Roadstone Co (A.R.C) quarry at Llanddu (Blodwel)

Interesting article from the Advertizer over a strike by the quarry workers at the ARC Quarry Blodwel over their weekly pay.

Source Ken Owen

Early 1980s photo looking towards Blodwel Quarry, with Llynclys Hill in the background. Photo taken near to the turn off the A495 into Llanyblodwel Village

Source Stuart Brooks.

Nice photo of working inside Blodwel Quarry Date believed early 1980s

Source Stuart Brookes.

Nice photo of ARC lorry (Believed belonging to the late Tony Lewis.

Source Stuart Brookes

Blodwel Quarry Tar Plant. Note the tar stored bottom left of photo.

Source Stuart Brookes.

OOPS. Slight accident when filling a lorry at Blodwel Quarry. Where is the accident book? Date unknown

Source Stuart Brookes.

The Late Les Dawson,s crane at Blodwel Quarry

Source Stuart Brookes

photo of accident at the sidings of the Llanddu Quarry showing the tramway leading from the quarry across a wooden bridge to load onto the Cambrian Railway wagons. It is believed that the loaded narrow guage wagons ran away out of control, probably due to the brakeman being unable to slow the wagons by placing a pole into the wheels to stop the trucks. These loaded wagons ran down the track and ploughed into the Crushing Plant causing a large amount of damage. Date of the two photos unknown.

Source Rod Lloyd.

2nd photo showing the accident with firemen hosing down. This photo shows the full guage track leaving the loading hopper and travelling towards Llanyblodwel.

Source Rod Lloyd.

Photo of sidings at Llanddu on 14-6-76 looking towards Nantmawr Quarry.

Source R.W.Kidner

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