Artist: Barber, Joseph
View of Ffestiniog by landscape artist Joseph Barber. The town is situated in an elevated natural bowl, in between the Manod and the Moelwyn Mountains to the south of the Snowdonia mountain range. The town developed in the 19th century around the slate mining industry and by the end of the period Ffestiniog had the largest and most technically advanced mines producing about a third of Wales’ national output. The workings of the mines were largely underground and so some of the landscape of the area remained unchanged until the development of the Ffestiniog railway which was used to transport the slate more easily across the country.