Discover stories of slate and the people who worked it in the village of Rhosgadfan
Cae’r Gors, in the village of Rhosgadfan, is the childhood home of author Kate Roberts. Look around and imagine what life was like here for a slate quarryman and his family. Learn about the customs of everyday life in the early 20th century at the restored house and heritage centre, a property acquired by Cadw in 2013 on behalf of the nation.
Here you can find out more about Kate Roberts, a quarryman’s daughter born in 1891. She was a keen reader and went on to study at Bangor University before becoming a writer and a teacher. Her Welsh language fiction celebrates the challenges of life in the slate community of her childhood, and celebrates the resilience of its people. Roberts’ novels and short stories have been translated into many languages. She also ran a publishing company, Gwasg Gee, which produced Y Faner, a newspaper. Roberts continued to write about many subjects, including politics, until her death at the age of 94 in 1985.
Take a walk on the moorland surrounding the village, home to quarrymen from 1798 onwards. The landscape is dotted with the scattered cottages, small villages and chapels of communities once tied to the fortunes of the slate industry.