Spread of industry: wool, rail and canal

In the 18th Century, industry could be seen across Wales, exploiting the rich store of raw materials in the Welsh landscape. In the Story of Wales, we showed how industry started to flourish with slate in north west Wales, coal from Flintshire and textiles in Bala.

In the Teifi Valley of west Wales, Dre-Fach Felindre was the centre of its own thriving woollen industry, earning the nickname 'The Huddersfield of Wales'. What began as a cottage industry in the 18th Century would grow into a major centre of highly-mechanised production.

Throughout the 19th Century, Dre-Fach Felindre’s output continued to grow. There were three factors: water, wool and the railway. Transport was crucial to the Industrial Revolution. Over 200 miles of canals were constructed. The Pontcysyllte aqueduct, completed in 1805, is still the highest navigable canal ever built.

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Role Contributor
Series ProducerPhil George
Series ProducerJohn Geraint
PresenterHuw Edwards
DirectorSophie Elwin Harris
ProducerSophie Elwin Harris

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