"Notes d’un voyage aux ardoisières du Pays de Galles"

Name of traveller

C. Larivière

Reason for travel

  • study of industry

Date of travel

undated, ca. early 1880s

Les ardoises du district de Festiniog sont gris bleuâtre et présentent une grande analogie avec celles d’Angers. (Larivière 515)


  • architecture: workers houses comfortably constructed
  • industry:
    • compares quarry industry in Wales with Angers in France
    • discussion of child labour and women workers
  • language:
    • predominantly uses English technical terminology in the report, except for the Welsh term "coeth"
    • notes that only a minute number of 2-3 per cent of workers speak English
    • comparison between mines in Wales and Cornwall
  • terrain: geological descriptions of colour and composition of slate from different quarries
  • transport:
    • provides statistics on trains
    • discusses gravity trains, steam trains, horse-drawn trains and various types of locomotives
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Type of publication

scientific study


Larivière, C. "Notes d’un voyage aux ardoisières du Pays de Galles." Annales des Mines 6 (1884): 505-564. Print.