Welsh Mines Society
Cymdeithas Mwyngloddiau Cymru

Summer Field Meet - Weekend, 21st - 22nd June 2003
North Pembrokeshire - Coal, Slate & Stone
Based at the Gellifawr Hotel, Pontfaen
Organiser : Peter Claughton

 As to the programme of events, this was as follows :

  • Saturday 21st June - The Newgale Coalfield

    Met at 11:00 a.m. at the Victoria Hall carpark in Roch behind the Victoria Inn, opposite the school at NGR SM 8715 2145 (View OS Map).
    An exploration of the Newgale coalfield; mining from the late medieval to the early 20th century, with local geological expertise on hand to explain the geological aspects of this small outlier at the extreme north-west of the main Pembrokeshire coalfield.

  • Saturday Evening - Dinner at the Gellifawr Hotel, Pontfaen, Nr. Fishguard, Pembs.  Download the Menu.
    A presentation was given by Terry Evans on the Welsh Mines Preservation Trust, after which there was some discussion regarding the pro's and con's of merging the Trust with the WMS.
  • Sunday 22nd June - Rosebush and Porthgain Quarries

    Met at 10:30 a.m. at the carpark in Rosebush.  (Turn left in front of the Old Post Office Restaurant.)  NGR SN 0750 2945 (View OS Map)
    Morning visit to Rosebush and Bellstone Quarries; 19th century slate working.  (View field notes)
    Lunch was available at the cafe in the village.
    In the afternoon many took the option of a visit to the quarries and associated harbour at Porthgain, 9 miles west of Fishguard.  After exploring the trackbeds of the railway serving the slate and roadstone quarries, and their associated remains, those of slightly sterner constitution continued along the cliff tops to the flooded slate quarry at Abereiddy.

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