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HRS 6421 Rock cannon Cwm Eigiau close up 2004

"A rock cannon, also known in Welsh as a cerrig cannan, craig cannan, or in the 19th century, craig fagnel (plural: craig fagnelau; Welsh: magnel - gun, cannon), is a rock or boulder which has been bored with holes which can be partly loaded with black powder(gunpowder) and ignited to make explosive sounds during traditional celebrations. They are largely found in the slate quarrying areas of Gwynedd in North Wales (235 sites found up to 2001). Each cannon has a number of holes which may range from 3 to 195 (at Parc Moelyci, Sling, Tregarth).
The firing of rock cannon was a traditional part of social events and celebrations in north Wales from the late 18th century, accompanied by fireworks and bonfires. The cannon firing, as part of wider celebrations, often marked a national or local event, visits by royalty, or notable births and marriages." Courtesy Wikipedia.
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Keywords:rock cannons, quarrying, Cwm Eigiau quarry, rock carvings

HRS 6421 Rock cannon Cwm Eigiau close up 2004