|Welsh Slate was used throughout the World,
from Europe to South Africa and from America to Australia. Welsh
Quarrymen flocked to the U.S.A. The Quarries affected the
everyday lives of thousands of workers. Through hard work,
bitter strikes and disputes a closeknit, culturally rich society
Literateurs and poets, choirs, bands, soloists were raised in
these areas. Industrialists and preachers were raised here. A
unique monoglot Welsh language industry of epic proportions
flourished. But it flourished on quicksand, and the slow, steady
decline in the twentieth century could not be reversed.
The challenge was met in many ways with varying amounts of
success. But the great industry is now only a pale shadow of
what it was. The area is littered with the remains of
yesterday's quarries. But this is your chance to visit and
sample some of these rich traditions in all their aspects, be
they good, bad or ugly.