Gwynedd Archives: Caernarfon Record Office

Papers of Gordon H. Richards and the Alexandra Quarry

Reference code(s): GB 0219 XM/6703, XS/3082

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Title: Papers of Gordon H. Richards and the Alexandra Quarry

Short title: Richards, Gordon H., and the Alexandra Quarry, papers

Dates of creation: 1857-1951

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: 54 items

Name of creator(s): Gordon H. Richards; Alexandra Slate Company Ltd


Administrative and biographical history: Gordon H. Richards (fl. 1920-1950) of Caernarfon, Caernarfonshire, was a slate merchant. The Alexandra, Moeltryfan and Cilgwyn quarries were located in the Nantlle valley, Caernarfonshire. Alexandra Quarry was leased from the Crown by the Alexandra Slate Company Ltd, Llanwnda. It opened in the 1860s and at times employed up to 200 men. Nearby Moeltryfan Quarry was being worked from the 1880s and remained open until the 1970s. During the early 20th century all three were owned by the Amalgamated Slate Association Ltd, Caernarfon.


Scope and content: Records of Gordon H. Richards, 1920-1950, including bill books, 1920-1940 and ledgers, 1931-1950; deeds and other documents relating to Moeltryfan and Alexandra Quarries, Llanwnda, 1857-1902; letters relating to telephone lines in the Caernarfon area, 1897-[1898]; Cilgwyn Slate Co. book of rates, 1907; newspapers, slate price lists and booklets, 1918-1934; miscellaneous letters, 1921-1922; Amalgamated Slate Association cash book and correspondence, 1919-1951; group photographs relating to Caernarfon, 1899-1934.


Language/script: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: Gordon H. Richards; Moeltryfan and Alexandra Quarries; newspapers, price lists and miscellaneous material; photographs.

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Caernarfon Record Office and the National Library of Wales.
Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Immediate source of acquisition: No information found



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Caernarfon Record Office, Papers of Gordon H. Richards (Slate Merchant, Caernarfon) and the Alexandra Quarry, catalogue; Richards, Alun John, A Gazeteer [sic] of the Welsh Slate Industry (Llanrwst, 1991); Richards, Alun John, Slate Quarrying in Wales (Llanrwst, 1995).

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH

Date(s) of description: September 2004



Deeds | Wales | Llanwnda (Gwynedd)

Quarries and quarrying | Wales | Gwynedd

Richards, Gordon H. | slate merchant of Caernarfon | Archives

Slate industry | Wales | Caernarvonshire

Personal names

Richards, Gordon H., slate merchant of Caernarfon

Corporate names

Alexandra Slate Company

Amalgamated Slate Association