Gwynedd Council, on behalf of several stakeholders, has developed a nomination to secure World Heritage Site Status for the Slate Landscape of North West Wales.
The Slate Landscape of North West Wales is located in Gwynedd and contains six key areas. The landscape tells the incredible story of the evolution of an upland agricultural society to one dominated by the slate industry; with towns, quarries and transport links carving their way through the Snowdonia mountains down towards the iconic ports.
The slate landscape of North West Wales allows a better insight and understanding of every stage of the quarrying industry than any other place in the world. The enormous quarries, deep pits, huge cavernous chambers and tips; processing mills, transport systems including steep inclines, roads, railways and ports, communities created for the workforce and the grand houses of the quarry owners; and the use of the final product around us everywhere.
Did you know? Workers from North West Wales travelled across the globe to work and share ideas and innovation.