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Breakwater Quarries, Holyhead Mountain - 20120624 - 05 - Brick shed

Cast-iron window frame, brick kiln complex


Vast amounts of rock were required during the construction between 1845 and 1873 of Holyhead Breakwater. Although the dressed stone visible in the part of the structure above water came from a quarry in Moelfre on the opposite side of Anglesey, 7 million tons of quartzite won from the nearby quarries on Holyhead Mountain were used to form the base of the breakwater.


During the construction of the breakwater, 11 extractive sites were in operation at the Breakwater Quarries, from where a 7 ft gauge railway ran down to... [more...]

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Taken on June 24, 2012