Gwynedd Archives: Caernarfon Record Office
Papers of Gordon H. Richards and the Alexandra Quarry
Reference code(s): GB 0219 XM/6703, XS/3082
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-; 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.
ACCESS AND USE
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.
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