It was orignally scattered farmland, but after the slate industry took off in 1750, the town became an industrious mining center, and found prosperity through this line of business. The slate industry went into recession in the 1890's, and by 1950, had completely discontinued. As demand for the slate dimished, Blaenau Ffestiniog receded back into its former days of a quiet town nestled in the Welsh countryside.
Today, Blaenau Ffestiniog is best known for its mining history and historic train.
People Born in Blaenau Ffestiniog
Blaenau Ffestiniog in People's Lives
Stephen Moyer: I traveled here in 1996 to film scenes of Prince Valiant, my first movie, in which I landed the starring role.