Quarrying Techniques - The Oldest Quarrymen
Presentation of Institute for Quarrying First Gold Long
the courtesy of the Ffestiniog Urban District Council, who agreed to let their
monthly meeting be preceded by the presentation, the party met in the Council
Chamber on Friday evening, 1st December. Among those present were : —Mr. R.
Montgomery Parker, Mr. J. Lloyd Humphreys, Capt. Evan Jones, Mr. J. R. Davies,
Mr. J. Jones Evans, Mr. Joseph Williams, Mr. William Lewis, the Chairman and
members of the Ffestiniog Urban District Council, Mr. Edward Jones, Solicitor and
Mr. R. Montgomery Parker, who presented the medal, said that he was very glad
to have been given such an important task to perform on behalf of the Institute
of Quarrying. He expressed regret that Mr. Pochin and Mr. Key had been unable to
come. He pointed out that the Institute of Quarrying was going to bring into
force the distribution of medals to quarrymen who had devoted many years of
their lives to the quarrying industry, and that he was very pleased that the
first of these medals should have come to Blaenau Ffestiniog. He said that Mr.
William Lewis's record was a most remarkable one in that he had spent 68 years
of his life in the service of the Oakeley Company.
MR. WILLIAM LEWIS, hale and hearty at 83 years of age, after working in the
Oakeley Slate Quarries, Blaenau Ffestiniog, for 68 years.
Source: Quarry Manager's Journal January 1934
Blaenau Ffestiniog's Oldest Quarryman
Above: Newspaper article stating that the oldest quarryman in Blaenau
Ffestiniog is Hugh Richard, Taifrest. The article states that the 85 year
quarryman at Llechwedd has been following his profession for 76
Source: Herald Gymraeg, 18 August 1881 [University of Wales, Bangor].