Kate Griffiths (nee Hughes)

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My research brought to light Kate Griffiths who, in 1909 both instigated the setting up, running and teaching of 23 children in a remote quarry school in Rhiw Bach village quarry near Blaenau Ffestiniog.

She journeyed up the three quarry inclines every morning,  then walked the three miles down into the quarry village to the school.At the end of the school day she would walk up to Graig Ddu Quarry (which is over 2,000 ft) and ride down the three inclines to Blaenau (700ft) on the renowned ‘Car Gwyllt”, which was like a one man, handmade skateboard which was sat on, with a brake.

It was illegal for anyone to use this method of transport, but it meant they got home sooner. During the winter months, when the weather was too cold and wet to do the daily journey she would stay up in the village of Rhiw Bach ,initially in the school building, until she found lodgings with a family in the village.

Marged Pendrell