Slate Mining in the UK

Posted by Olivia Hague-Delves on

Slate mining is the industry related to the extraction and processing of slate. IT is either quarried or reached by tunnelling in the slate mine.

Common use for slate is roofing materials, flooring, grave stone and electric insulation.

Slate mining happened most often in north wales, UK.

Men worked 6 days a week on very poor wages and in some desperate conditions. Miners had to take a five year apprenticeship in order to become a fully qualified slate miner and even then the skills that they learn don’t actually give their pay value. They were employed contracts on a monthly basis. And every three weeks the miners would be paid a sub wage. The fourth week was paid with profits and bonuses added. Miners had to pay for their own tools, materials like explosives and sharpening’s.

After many years of strikes and protests, mass production of slate mining came to an end.

The Penrhyn Quarry is still producing slate, though at a much reduced capacity from its heyday at the end of the 19th century. In 1995, it accounted for almost 50% of UK production. It is currently owned and operated by Welsh Slate Ltd (a subsidiary of Lagan Building Solutions.

And today many of the popular slate mining locations in the UK are only open for tourists.

Now, sticking with trends we have created this beautiful slate heart ornament that can be framed or simply placed on your tree this Christmas and with the initials being in copper these two colours complement each other.


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