Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Porthgain and Abereiddi

Abereiddi Blue lagoon, the original slate quarry, the entrance of which was blown up to let the sea in

I have already written about Porthgain and Abereiddi which are roughly a mile apart, so there is not much to add, the first thing you notice about the photos is how bleak this part of the coast is, the stone and slate  that has been hewn away in the quarries tells of back breaking work and what is left now at Abereiddi are the slate houses slowly crumbling away, the round powder house, a safe place for the dynamite to be kept and of course the manager's house set slightly apart higher up the hill.
Today the blue lagoon is used for fun, scuba diving and jumping off rocks, which seemed rather dangerous for the youngsters taking part but they wore hard hats as they swam from rock to rock and then jumped spreadeagled into the deep waters.

Porthgain  stone quarry

Porthgain 'street' the end two cottages belong to an artist and every year that I have been there is an enormous Pyreanean Mountain dog asleep outside.



  1. Hope you called in at 'The Sloop' Inn; great food and atmosphere. We were there most evenings.

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  3. This is a totally unknown area to me, so interesting to read about its history. When did the quarrying finish?

  4. No we did not go in to the Sloop Inn Willow as it was lunchtime, we went to The Shed instead. Must admit prices are expensive for the fish/crab dishes in any of the restaurants.

  5. Hi Jennie, I'll send you the book and you can read about it, fascinating subject, for me anyway, ;) because these industrial ruins were once working places, though the photographs show very thin workmen, it must have been very hard for them.

  6. Almost my home town - certainly it's my local pub at Porthgain.

    I wrote about Porthgain a while ago - the final piece was expanded and will be part of my book, published next year (shameless plug there - sorry) - a journey into fatherhood and landscape in Wales.

    Do visit.


  7. Oh and I've just seen you mentioned The Shed - run by Rob and his wife Caroline. Rob used to take us fishing on his boat - he still loves that the best I think.

  8. Hi Mark, just thought of something, apart from good luck with your book,if it does feature prehistoric stones will put it on our Journal. The other thing was, of course you have another linking author in the Prescelis, Brian John who has written a few books about Angel Mountain and of course the Bluestones of Presceli not arriving at Stonehenge but being transported by glaciers.


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