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Title: The economic and technological development of the slate quarrying industry in the Nantlle Valley, Gwynedd
Author: Jones, Gwynfor Pierce
ISNI:       0000 0001 3592 2820
Awarding Body: University of Wales, Bangor
Current Institution: Bangor University
Date of Award: 1996
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In this thesis the author seeks to identify and analyse the main factors which influenced the economic and technological development of the slate quarries of the Nantlle Valley, Gwynedd. The subject is characterised by a complex interaction of a variety of external and local factors, and is consequently discussed thematically. Whenever possible. the local trends are placed within the context of the general history of the North Wales slate industry. which itself was subject to the broader economic and technological developments in the U.K. and other countries. CHAPTER 1 discusses the general development of the slate industry at Nantlle from its possibly Roman roots to the present day. This is done within the context of the industry regionally; and with reference to the role of market forces on the fortunes of the individual quarries. CHAPTER 2 analyses the sources of capital and investment which was vital for the development of the quarries. categorises the different types of capital structures which were found in the industry in response to changes in legislation and financial systems, and attempts to analyse the overall profitability of the quarries. CHAPTER 3 discusses the modifications required at Nantlle in the quarrying and production methods, to cope with the local conditions of geology, topography and landowning. CHAPTER 4 charts the mechanisation of the various processes involved in slate quarrying, and identifies the role of the Nantlle quarries in the application of various technologies to different strands of the industry. CHAPTER 5 discusses the economics and practical problems of transporting the finished products from the quarries to the markets, and describes the different systems used locally at various periods of time. APPENDICES contain additional data and technical information, supplementing that provided in tables and illustrations within the text.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Economics & economic theory