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In pictures: Llanberis quarry hospital open day

Dinorwig's quarry hospital, Llanberis

The hospital, sited in the Padarn Country Park, Llanberis, was opened in 1860 to tend to the injuries of the 3,000 quarrymen at Dinorwig quarry.

Surgeon's tools

Due to the many crush injuries from the quarry the surgeons became experts in limb salvage and brain operations.

Operating table

There were on average 40 accidents a month, five per cent of which were very serious.

Early x-ray machine

The hospital acquired an X-ray machine only two years after its invention in 1898.

Lister spray

Dr Thomas Hughes, at Llanberis from 1875 to 1890, was a great fan of the Lister spray which applied carbolic acid to ward off wound infection.

Stretcher used to ferry quarryman down via the railway

A special strecher was built to transport an injured quarryman down from the rockface via the narrow guage railway which ended near the hospital.


The hospital was paid for out of the quarrymen's wages and was not for the general use of their families.

Open day at old quarry hospital
25 Oct 10 |  History


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