. boot dump .

location, crimea pass, blaenau ffestiniog.

[ contributions to this blog welcomed – sonja@sonja-benskin-mesher.com]

.. found information + jottings ..

then he told me of the boot dump,

the myths were true, soles of soldiers,

burned on the crimea pass.


” Boot dump. Information is currently being gathered about the boot dump at Blaenau Ffestiniog. Spoken history tells of a heap of boots (reputedly millions of boots) burning for years on the hillside outside of the town. The remains from the fire can still be seen today. The story is emerging of boots being brought to Blaenau Ffestiniog after the First World War and being sorted into those which could be repaired and those which couldn’t. The un-repairable boots were burnt.”


it is a raised bed.

nothings seems

to grow there




The Crimea Pass on the A470 is a mountain pass between Blaenau Ffestiniog and Dolwyddelan and is over 1,200 ft above sea level. The road through the pass was opened in 1854 and it takes its name from the Crimean War (1853 – 1856) being waged at the time. Stone walls in the area are said to have been constructed by Russian prisoners of war from the conflict. There used to an inn at the top of the pass known as ‘The Crimea’.

At the side of the road about two miles north of Blaenau Ffestiniog lies a sterile, brown hummock of a somewhat surreal composition: rusting nails, lace-hole eyelets and heel irons from old boots.

There seem to be various accounts as to the origins of this strange mound. Miners’ boots? The results of disaffected World War I Commonwealth troops waiting to be shipped home burning their boots and caps in protest? According to Treasure Maps, the mound dates back to the World War II era, when Blaenau Ffestiniog’s Market Hall was commandeered as a boot repair factory.



Esgidiau Meirw Boot Dump, Moel Bowydd Primary Reference Number (PRN) : 14626 Trust : Gwynedd Community : Ffestiniog NGR : SH69924845 Site Type (preferred type first) : Modern REFUSE DISPOSAL SITE Legal Protection :

Description : A mound of slate waste covered to an unknown depth with the (?burnt) remains of thousands of hobnail boots, heel plates, nails, eyelets etc. Dimensions 40 x 30 x 2.5m. A low mound about 35m in diameter lies to the east of the A470 (Plate 66). Its earliest phase consists of slate waste from a shallow linear working shown on the 1889 OS 25 map. This is almost entirely covered by a dump of waste boots. The upper layer consists entirely of heel plates, eyelets, nails, screws, sole shanks and occasional sole plates (Plate 67). Beneath this is a thick layer of ash, also containing metal fittings.

Until quite recently there was a grave slab with a pair of boots incised on it along with the inscription Esgidiau Meirw (dead shoes). The stone now lies on the wall of PRN 14777 (Plate 68). It was probably moved by the land-owner for safe keeping after being daubed with paint. The dump is known locally as Tomen Sgidiau (boot dump) and dates from World Wall II. The boots are rejects from a factory that was set up in Blaenau Market Hall to recycle old boots and shoes for the army. (Hopewell, 2005) A low heap of slate waste lying to the east of the present main road. The tip is covered with the rusted metal fittings of a large number of hob nailed boots, and other small metal waste, including nuts and bolts. There is also a significant quantity of a fine silty material – possibly the residue of burnt and decayed leather.

On top of the mound is a slate grave slab with a pair of boots incised upon it and the inscription “Esgidiau Meirw” (dead shoes). The feature is thought to be a World War II army boot dump. (Riley & Roberts, 1995) Sources : Riley, H. & Roberts, R. , 1995 , A470(T) Blaenau Ffestiniog to Cancoed Improvement ( © GAT) Hopewell, D. , 2005 , A470 Blaenau Ffestiniog to Cancoed Improvement Pt I & II ( © GAT) Hopewell, D. , 2000 , Upland Survey 2000 , Events : 40503 : Gwynedd Upland Survey 1999-2000 Moel Bowydd (year : 2000) 43801 : A470 Blaenau Ffestiniog to Cancoed Improvement: Archaeological Recording PtI&II (year : 2005) 40295 : A470(T) Blaenau Ffestiniog to Cancoed Improvement (year : 1995)

thanks to Rhys Mwyn for this information


.wonderland .

. a beautiful home.

images inside , outside
. Blaenau Ffestiniog .

. an installation.

Canolfan Maenofferen, Blaenau Ffestiniog

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