Snowdonia Food Market at Inigo Jones on Sunday, July 27th
Snowdonia Market which is a group of local food suppliers have agreed to come to Inigo Jones on 4 dates this Summer. The second date is on Sunday, July 27th.
John Lloyd from Inigo Jones said
Garden Table & Benches now in stock
Slate Table with 2 benches are now available, either ready assembled or in a flat pack at £499.00 complete including Value Added Tax collected from our Works.
These require virtually no maintenance as they do not warp shrink or rot.
St David Awards use engraved Welsh slate supplied by Inigo Jones
Inigo Jones supplied the engraved Welsh slate bases for the St David Awards.The trophies were designed by Gideon Peterson a sculptor from Pembrokeshire who asked Inigo Jones to supply the Welsh bases to his design.
The winners of the awards were announced at a Ceremony in Cardiff on March 13th 2014 and First Minister Carwyn Jones presented the Awards.
Winners from North Wales included Bryn Terfyl,Robin Jones, Jade Jones and the First Minister's special award was won by the Community of Machynlleth.
Other winners included Leigh Halfpenny, Warren Gatland, Ceris Mathews and Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson
Full list of winnner
The St David Awards is the national awards scheme recognising and celebrating the exceptional achievements of people in Wales.
Plaque for Abakhan Fabrics
Inigo Jones are delighted to have supplied a new engraved slate plaque for Abakhan Fabrics for their new cafe that was officially recently opened by Lord Barry Jones.
We also supplied some slate coasters for the event which depicts the heritage of the waterwheel at Llanerch-y-Mor.
Inigo Jones featured on BBC's Escape to the Country on January 8th
Jules Hudson heads to Wales to help a couple of keen walkers find a dream rural home in Snowdonia. Away from the property hunt,the couple call in at Inigo Jones to get an insight into how Welsh slate is prefabricated at the works into quality architectural, memorial, craft and landscape products.
The programme is on BBC One at 3.45pm on Wednesday January 8th.
Christmas 2013 at Inigo Jones
Inigo Jones are looking forward to a busy Christmas in 2013.
The last dates for web orders is Worldwide December 1st and for Europe and the UK December 16th.
However, as many of our products are made to order we would advise customers to order early to avoid disapointment.
The expected popular items this year are expected to be placemats where we have a large range of different sizes,lazy susans,picture frames,cake stands,jewellery and clocks.
Also bespoke nameplates make a perfect original present.
All these products are made in our factory from 500 million year old Welsh slate.
The shop and cafe is open over the Christmas holiday apart from Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.
Snowdonia House shortlisted for the Daily Telegraph and Homebuilding and Renovating Magazine Awards.
Jacqui Bugden and Ian Crystal have been shortlisted for the Daily Telegraph and Homebuilding and Renovating Magazine Award.
They recently built an eco friendly house in the Snowdonia National Park.
Inigo Jones are delighted to have supplied them with Welsh Slate tiles which have been fixed behind the wood burner.
Roger Davis one of Inigo Jones' directors said we were delighted to have supplied Welsh slate for this project which will hopefully win the coveted award.
The picture shows the slate tiles behind the wood burner which are the centre piece of the living room.
Further information can be found on this link
and then click “shortlist” you will find the house.
Janet from Pennsylvania visits Inigo Slate Works
Janet from Pennsylvannia this week visited Inigo Jones Slate Works as part of her tour of Snowdonia to find her family roots.Janet's grand parents lived in Groeslon before emigrating to the USA in about 1895 and as he worked in one of the local quarries he would have been aware of the Inigo Jones Slate Works which has been in existence since 1861.
The trip was organised by Alwyn Griffiths of Celticos and Segontium Searchers a company from Caernarfon with over 25 year' experience in geneology assisted, in doing some research.
Many of the visitors from the USA do exactly what Janet is doing as so many emigrated from Snowdonia to the USA when the slate quarries were suffering owing to the depression.
John Lloyd of Inigo Jones said " Geneology is becoming more and more important and is certainly boosting visitor numbers from the USA,and it has tremendous potential to increase even more in the future"
Roger Davis another director from Inigo Jones welcomed Janet to the Tudor Slate Works and presented her with some slate coasters as a memento of her visit.The attached picture shows Roger Davis (2nd from the left) and others who accompanied Janet to Inigo Jones.
The Inigo Jones App
The Inigo Jones App is now available to download on the App Store, and is designed for both the iPhone and iPad.
Description - The Inigo Jones App offers an interactive audio tour of our slate workshop. You can wander through the workshops at your own pace and view the machines and craftsmen in action. There are also geological, historical, calligraphy and letter cutting exhibitions. Try your hand at calligraphy and engrave on a piece of slate that you get to keep. There is also a map and instructions for you to visit us whenever you want!
Made in association with Menter Mon's APPrentis scheme.
Download the App today, and come to see us and use it on the Workshop Tour!
Click Here to view the Inigo Jones App on the App Store!
Anglesey Circuit Plaque Trac Môn
Inigo Jones are delighted to have supplied the engraved Welsh slate plaque to mark the visit of Carwyn Jones, Wales First Minister to Trac Môn where he opened the new £1m development.
Coasters for Cymdeithas Tai Clwyd for Awel y Coleg
We are pleased to have recently supplied 200 coasters for Cymdeithas Tai Clwyd for Awel y Coleg, Y Bala.
Awel y Coleg in Bala opened in November 2012, comprising 30 units, 23 two bedroom and 7 one bedroom flats. The £6.5 million scheme is the first of it’s kind in Gwynedd County.
Awel y Coleg is a housing provision that caters for people who want to live in their own home, but with the benefit of an on site, dedicated care team. For many, they provide an alternative to residential care. In an extra care scheme, you will retain your independence, whilst benefiting from a flexible level of care, which can be tailored to suit your changing needs, prolonging your independence and providing you with a home for life.
Menai Bridge Sea Food Festival
Inigo Jones are delighted to be attending the inaugural Menai Bridge Sea Food Festival this Saturday the 31st of August.
We will be selling a selection of our quality welsh slate products.
The event will have something for everybody and will include local food produce. Cooking demonstrations as well as arts crafts and music.
It is hoped that this will become an annual event.
For more details, visit - http://www.menaiseafoodfestival.com/2013/
Next Snowdonia Market at Inigo Jones on Bank Holiday Monday, August 26th
Snowdonia Market which is a group of local food suppliers next come to Inigo Jones on Bank Holiday Monday, August 26th.
The market has already been twice to Inigo Jones this summer both events were very successful and well attended.
The market is open from 10am to 4pm.
Outdoor Partnership Volunteer Award
Inigo Jones are again delighted to have supplied the Outdoor Partnership with 14 number, bespoke trophies, for the volunteer award.
The trophies are 150mm wide a 100mm high, and the logo has been printed in colour directly onto the slate.
Slate Prizes for BBC Radio Cymru's 'Y Talwrn'
We are delighted to have supplied a number of Welsh slate tea-light holders as prizes for BBC Radio Cymru's 'Y Talwrn'. The prizes will be presented to the victorious poets team at the National Eisteddfod, held in Denbigh this week.
Next Snowdonia Market at Inigo Jones on Sunday July 28th
Snowdonia Market which is a group of local food suppliers next come to Inigo Jones on Sunday July 28th.
The market has already been twice to Inigo Jones this summer both events were very successful and well attended.
The market is open from 10am to 4pm.
Welsh Slate plaques for Bangor Students
We are delighted to have again supplied a number of plaques for the Saudi Society at Bangor University. The plaques were presented to students who graduated with various different degrees at Bangor University in 2013, and the Saudi Society presented them all with especially made Welsh slate plaques at a special event held in Bangor.
Snowdonia at BBC Good Food Summer Show
Snowdonia Mountains & Coast had a stand at this year's show promoting both the region as a tourist destination and some of its quality food produce.
Samples of wine,cider and apple juice were available on the stand from Pant Du Winery in Penygroes and also award winning fudge from Eboni Ac Eifori in Pwllheli.
Inigo Jones supplied a bespoke slate stand for the exhibition stand.
John Lloyd from Inigo Jones said that " Gwynedd Council should be congratulated on their forward thinking in attending the BBC Good Food Guide at the NEC in Birmingham to promote the region and its quality produce, in its day catchment area, at this very well attended public exhibition"
Snowdonia Food Market comes to Inigo Jones
Snowdonia Market which is a group of local food suppliers have agreed to come to Inigo Jones on 4 dates this Summer.
The dates are Sunday May 26th, Saturday June 22nd,Sunday July 28th and Bank Holiday Monday 26th of August.
Amongst the producers attending the market are Tyddyn Mawr Meats Garndolbenmaen, Oinc Oink from Llithfaen, Village Veg from Waunfawr, Richlin Dairy Goats Products from Bryncroes, Eboni ac Eifori from Pwllheli, Aerona liqueur from Chwilog, Model Bakery from Blaenau Ffestiniog and number of cake producers such Debbie’s Cake’Ole, Cegin Pennant and Popty Lleuar.
John Lloyd from Inigo Jones said " We are delighted to welcome Snowdonia Market here to Inigo Jones to promote high quality local Welsh produce, and we look forward to seeing both locals and visitors on these days to support local businesses"
Welsh Slate plaque for “Call the Midwife” Building
Inigo Jones recently supplied a replica Welsh slate plaque for Cressy House in the East End of London.Cressy House was used to film the recent popular BBC series of “Call the Midwife”.
The builders plaque was lost many years ago and was erected in 1894 when the building was originally completed.
Cressy House has recently undergone a major renovation and Inigo Jones were contacted to see if they could match the original builders plaque that used to adorn the building of which the client had a photo of.
Inigo Jones were pleased to oblige and supplied a 1000 x 500 x 20mm Blue Grey Welsh Slate plaque with engraved lettering and a border line, all of which were in filled with 23 1/2 carat gold leaf as per the original.
Coronation Street Star Opens Welsh Slate Plaque
William Roache who plays Ken Barlow in Coronation Street,opened a Welsh slate plaque on the 12th of January 2013 supplied by Inigo Jones, to commemorate the recent £1.3m redevelopment of St David's Hospice / Hospis Dewi Sant.
William Roache MBE,the veteran actor, who was educated at Rydal School in Colwyn Bay, is patron of St David’s Hospice in Llandudno.
St David’s Hospice is a local charity providing end of life care, free of charge, to adult patients from across North West Wales and supporting those closest to them.
Engraved plaque for Pontio Centre,Bangor.
Inigo Jones engraved the foundation stone for the new Pontio Centre in Bangor. The foundation stone is Jura marble and it was officially laid at a ceremony on Friday 11th of January 2012 by Leighton Andrews A.M. Minister of Education and Skills.
The Pontio Centre’s vision is
“To create an outstanding and sustainable Arts and Innovation Centre that will promote innovation by bridging arts, sciences and technology that will provide a dynamic driving force for the performing arts and the regeneration of the region.”
Happy Christmas & a Prosperous New Year
Nadolig Llawen & Blwyddyn Newydd Dda
OPENING HOURS BETWEEN CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR.
We close at 5pm Christmas Eve 24/12/2012 and then reopen as normal on Wednesday 27/12/2011 until 5pm on New Years Eve Monday 31/12/2011.
Showroom cafe & self guided tours open between Christmas and New Year. Why not take a bike ride or a walk from Caernarfon and back along Lon Eifion.
We reopen as normal again on Wednesday 2/1/2012.
Inigo Jones is looking forward to another Bright Christmas
Original local slate products make ideal Christmas presents
Inigo Jones Slate Works is looking forward to another busy Christmas. Last years best sellers were slate wine racks and place mats and they are expected to be high on the list again this year. A new product for this Christmas is a 4 type rustic tea light. Engraved slate nameplates and numberplates which are made to order are another popular item and make an original Christmas present. Orders that are for despatch must be placed by 14/12/2012 to ensure delivery by Christmas. Go online to order on our secure site www.inigojones.co.uk
The shop is open daily from 9am to 5pm including weekends and 5pm up to Christmas Eve.
Inigo Jones supply slate trophy for police Awards
Inigo Jones were commissioned to supply a Welsh Slate Trophy for the 2012 All Wales Special Constabulary Awards.
Lise Goss, the Temporary Specials and Volunteers Coordinator for North Wales Police said " We were delighted with the trophy that was presented at the Ceremony held recently in North Wales"
Welsh Slate Clocks for the Albert Hall
Inigo Jones recently supplied 12 bespoke printed Welsh Slate Clocks for the London Welsh Festival of male voice choirs held at the Albert Hall in London on the 13th of October 2012.
Inigo Jones has recently invested in a new printing machine that enables the company to supply small runs of bespoke printing, onto various slate products.
John Lloyd said " This allows us for the first time to produce short runs of slate products that can be printed in full colour at very competitive prices"
New promotional video for Inigo Jones
We have just produced a new promotional video for the company that give some background to the company, promotes the natural slate products the company produces and also gives an insight into the tour of the slate works which has become very popular over the years.
The video can be viewed on You Tube
BAFTA CYMRU 2012 AWARD TROPHIES
Inigo Jones again supplied the engraved Aberllefenni Welsh slate bases for the 2012 Bafta Wales Awards.
The prestigious event was held at Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay.
John Hefin won a BAFTA Special Award for Outstanding Contribution to Television Drama.
Craig Roberts won Best Actor, Sharon Morgan was Best Actress
and Marc Evans’ Patagonia won 4 award.
Eddie Butler was crowned Best Writer for Lions ’71 - a Green Bay production for BBC Cymru Wales. The programme which revisited the scenes of the British Lions victorious tour of New Zealand in 1971, also received the Gwyn Alf Williams award for its contribution to the understanding of the history of Wales.
BAFTA CYMRU, CARDIFF, 30/09/2012
Pic Eddie Butler
By Huw John, Cardiff
New Job opportunity at Inigo Jones Slate Works
We are seeking a slate works operator.
The job is hands on and includes the working of natural slate products.Machinery is used to cut,plane,polish and engrave slate and hand work is also necessary for final finishing.
New machinery includes a CNC machine both for engraving and printing directly onto slate.
The job will also involve dealing directly with customers and could eventually lead to full responsibility for running the production side of the company's facility.
The vast majority of the work is bespoke and is very varied from day to day.
Some previous experience would be preferable but not essential if the candidate is practical and fully motivated.
Hours 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday
39 hours per week
Occasional weekend overtime as necessary
Closing date 21/9/2012 Send your details by post or email.
Slate Trophies for GHA Livigunn Challenge 2012
GHA Livigunn are award winning consulting engineers with a turnover in excess of 9 million per annum, with offices in Cheadle,Frodsham, Leeds & St Albans.
Every other year the company holds the GHA Livigunn Challenge and this year it will be held in Betws y Coed, North Wales.
Inigo Jones have supplied the trophies this year out of Welsh slate, which was considered appropriate as the event is in the region.
The 2010 Event raised £23,000 for WaterAid. This years event will again be supporting WaterAid as well as a number of other local charities that each office has chosen.
Each team has 4 competitors and involves physical and mental challenges, on land and water.
The overall winners will collect the coveted GHA Livigunn Challenge Trophy, although the priority is to raise as much money as possible for the chosen events.
Inigo Jones can now supply bespoke trophies in small or large quantities.
Advance Booking Online
Self guided tours of the Slate Works at Inigo Jones can now be booked online
Also if a family books online (2 adults + 2 children) the company will supply a free colour booklet "Inigo Jones Past and Present" / "Inigo Jones Ddoe a Heddiw" worth £2.50
Also if you would like to book a number of attractions at the same time so you can plan your day in advance go to
Plaques for Saudi Society
We recently supplied 40 plaques for the Saudi Society at Bangor University.
The plaques were presented to students who graduated with various different degrees at Bangor University in 2012, and the Saudi Society presented them all with especially made Welsh slate plaques at a special event held in Bangor.
Faisal Alhorairy of the Saudi Society said " Inigo Jones produced these Welsh Slate plaques at short notice and we are delighted with the finished product which will give the students a permanent reminder of the happy time they spent studying in North Wales"
New Nameplate Range
Inigo Jones has increased its range of standard Welsh slate nameplates by adding a further 3 specially selected alphabets.
These fonts are Arial, Times New Roman Italic, and Uncialf and are now available online, together with the well established Times New Roman capitol and Gothic designs.
Lettering on the new nameplates can be supplied painted in white, silver or pale grey paint or finished in 23 1/2 carat gold leaf.
Welsh slate nameplates are 500 million years old and will compliment any property
The Urdd National Eisteddfod is one of Europe's largest cultural youth festivals, attracting thousands of competitors and visitors every year.
This year the Eisteddfod is in Glynllifon which is closeby to Inigo Jones Slate Works from June 4th to June 9th.
To mark the event Inigo Jones are producing a special limited edition coaster which will be available on its stand at the Eisteddfod for £1.50 each.
Gwynedd Headway Trek
John Lloyd completed the sponsored walk up Snowdon on Sunday 20th of May and raised £256.00 for Headway Gwynedd.
Many thanks to Martin Hughes for organising the Trek and to Mark Sykes the leader on the day.
Everybody enjoyed the walk and the opportunity to network.
John would like to thank his sponsors for their generous support for this excellent charity
SPONSORED WALK UP SNOWDON
John Lloyd a director of Inigo Jones & the Gwynedd Business Network is joining the sponsored walk organised by Headway Gwynedd on Sunday May 20th as part of the Gwynedd Business Week.
For further details of walk or if you would like to participate go to www.gwyneddbusnes.net and click on Events.
All money raised by John will be for Headway Gwynedd.
You can sponsor him by filling in sponsorship form available at Inigo Jones Slate Works or on our secure site by clicking on prequoted orders to the right of this page and enter HEADWAY GWYNEDD SNOWDON SPONSORED WALK together with your sponsorship.
Inigo Jones supply Titanic Plaque
A new Welsh slate plaque has been supplied by Inigo Jones for Harold Lowe, whose bravery saved a number of lives when the Titanic sank on the 15th of April 1912.
Harold spent his early childhood in Barmouth, Gwynedd and the plaque was unveiled there on the 15th of April 2012, exactly 100 years later,to commemorate his bravery.
The bilingual Welsh slate plaque was engraved and a hand painted colour picture of the Titanic was also painted onto it.
Roger Davis a director of Inigo Jones said " We were delighted and honoured to be commissioned to provide this important plaque which now records the bravery of Harold Lowe during the tragic sinking of the Titanic"
Inigo Jones supply bespoke clocks for Nigeria
Inigo Jones recently produced a number of bespoke slate clocks for the ESL Group. These clocks had the Welsh and Nigerian flag engraved and painted on and were given by the ESL Group to customers in Nigeria.The ESL Group who are based in Wrexham have recently built a new factory in Nigeria.
Welsh slate plaque for brave American soldier
Alun Howells whilst serving in the 1st Battalion,64th Armoured Regiment, was 20 years old when he was killed in Baghdad on the 13th of August 2007.He was leading a patrol through the streets of Baghdad when his vehicle was hit by an armour piercing grenade which killed him instantly.
Alun had said that if he paid the ultimate sacrifice he wanted to be cremated and his ashes scattered near where I grew up "in a wild place above the sea".As the family was brought up in Porthmadog his ashes were spread on a headland at Borth y Gest.
Alun was known as "The Welshman" amongst his army friends so Gwyn and Jaena his parents commissioned a Welsh slate plaque from Inigo Jones. The plaque was engraved with his name on, and a Welsh dragon and Gwyn and Jaena collected it when they were visiting the Porthmadog area in the spring of 2010.
The plaque was taken to Georgia and placed under Alun's tree in March 2011.
Nadolig Llawen a Bwyddyn Newydd Dda
As this historic 150th year for Inigo Jones draws to an end we would like to wish all our customers and their families a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous 2012.
OPENING HOURS BETWEEN CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR.
We close at 5pm Christmas Eve 24/12/2011 and reopen as normal on Tuesday 27/12/2011 until 5pm on New Years Eve 31/12/2011.
We reopen as normal on Monday 2/1/2012.
Special 10% Discount
Inigo Jones are offering a special 10% discount on all shop stock from now until Christmas Eve.
The company has celebrated its 150th birthday this year and as this special year comes to an end it has decided to offer a 10% discount to all its customers.
Christmas 2011 at Inigo Jones
Inigo Jones are looking forward to another busy Christmas even in these difficult economic times.
Products from Inigo Jones offer good value for good quality hand crafted products from 500 million year old Welsh slate.
Best sellers this year are expected to be placemats,clocks,lazy susans and cheese boards.
A new product launched prior to Christmas 2011 is a 3 Tier cake stand which is expected to prove very popular for all occasions.
Web orders that require delivery before Christmas must be placed before December 12th.
The shop is open daily including weekends from 9am until 5pm up to and including Christmas Eve.
Donation to Air Ambulance Wales
As part of our 150th birthday celebrations we agreed to sponsor two charities.We have already made a donation to Ty Gobaith earler in the year.
We are today sending a donation of £100 to Air Ambulance Wales.
Sponsored walk for Ty Gobaith Childrens Hospice
A sponsored walk took place from Inigo Jones to Glynllfon on Saturday 16th April. Gwynedd Roberts gave a very interesting talk along the way about the historic gardens of Glynllifon.
Over £300 was collected for Ty Gobaith Childrens Hospice
FAST GROWTH 2011 AWARDS
Inigo Jones prefabricated the slate trophies for the 2011 Fast Growth Awards.
Professor Dylan Jones-Evans who is the creator of the Wales Fast Growth 50 project said this year
"After 13 years, the Fast Growth 50 project remains the key barometer of entrepreneurship in Wales."
Inigo Jones produced 14 slate trophies for different categories that were awarded on Friday 16th September at a Ceremony held at the Mercure Holland House hotel in Cardiff.
The overall winner this year was Afonwen Laundry from North Wales and Inigo Jones are delighted to congratulate Mark Wolfenden and his team that has seen his company increase turnover by a fantastic 1991.1% between 2008 and 2010.
The company now has four strategically located centres in Cardiff, Leeds, London and North Wales, and specialise in supplying hotels predominantly in the 4 star corporate hotel market as well as many of the nationwide Hotel groups in the rapidly growing budget hotel sector.
Spnsored Walk Cancelled
For reasons outside our control we have cancelled the sponsored walk to Glynllifon on Sunday September 4th, and instead we will make a donation to Air Ambulance Wales.
THE 1st QUEEN'S DRAGOON GUARDS
Inigo Jones & Co Ltd
500 MILLION YEAR OLD WELSH SLATE DEDICATED AT THE NATIONAL MEMORIAL ARBORETUM FOR THE 1st THE QUEEN’S DRAGOON GUARDS.
Inigo Jones & Co Ltd are celebrating their 150th anniversary this year and are delighted to have been involved in facilitating a large block of slate weighing over 2 tons from Blaenau Ffestiniog, which now proudly stands at the National Memorial Arboretum.
The block of Welsh slate is to commemorate those that have lost their lives on active duty from the 1st The Queens Dragoon Guards.
Slate was considered appropriate for this proud Welsh regiment and the block of slate is over 4 metres tall and weighs over 2 tons.
The monument was dedicated at a ceremony on Sunday 24th of July at the National Memorial Arboretum and John Lloyd Managing Director of Inigo Jones & Co Ltd who attended the Dedication service said
“ We are absolutely delighted to have helped to provide this Welsh slate monolith that is a fitting tribute to those brave soldiers from the 1st The Queens Dragoon Guards.”
The Regimental Chaplain, Padre A Bennett CF at the Dedication next to the slate.
Dorothea Quarry & Aberllefenni Slate Quarry
As part of Inigo Jones' 150th Celebrations two interesting talks by experts.
Monday July 25th 7pm at Inigo Jones
Talk by Dr Gwynfor Pierce Jones the local expert on slate quarrying in the Nantlle Valley
ABERLLEFENNI SLATE MINE
Thursday July 28th 7pm at Inigo Jones
Talk by Jon Knowles who has taken numerous excellent pictures of the slate mine at Aberllefenni and suroundings.
Welsh Slate Trophy for 2011Gwynedd Business Person of the Year Award
Inigo Jones supplied the Welsh Slate tophy for the 2011 Gwynedd Business Person of the Year Award.
The award was won by Richard Gloster Managing Director of Cadwaladers, and was presented at a Gala Dinner held at Y Galeri, Caernarfon.
Numerous other Awards were presented during the evening to recognise succcesful businesses in Gwynedd.
The Awards Ceremony is the highlight of the Gwynedd Business Week and its aim is to raise the profile and importance of the business sector to the Gwynedd economy.
Ieuan Rees Calligraphy & Lettercutting Courses
Ieuan Rees the well known Welsh callgrapher and lettercutter is running courses at Inigo Jones from 31/5 to 3/6/2011.
Ieuan has appeared on many TV programmes, and his work has been reproduced in many books.
He is regarded as one of Britain’s most versatile artist/craftsmen in the fields of lettering, letter carving, calligraphy, architectural lettering and graphic communication. He has lectured and held workshops all over Britain, the USA, and in Sydney, Australia.
31/5 9.30 - 4.30 Calligraphy Course £70.00
1/6 9.30 - 4.30 Lettercutting Course £70.00
2/6 9.30 - 4.30 Calligraphy Course £70.00
2/6 7pm Lecture by Ieuan Rees " Living with Letters" Tickets £3.50
3/6 9.30 - 4.30 Lettercutting Course £70.00
To book contact Inigo Jones direct
Inigo Jones'150th Anniversary 1861 -2011
Inigo Jones Slate Works is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2011 (1861 – 2011) having worked continuously at the Tudor Slate Works at Groeslon site since it was set up in 1861 to produce school writing slates.
Mr Alun Ffred Jones Minister for Culture and Heritage today March 4th 2011 unveiled an engraved Welsh slate plaque to commemorate the 150th anniversary.
The Heritage Minister said “ I’d like to congratulate John Lloyd and his team on reaching this significant milestone.They’ve stayed faithful to the raw material of Welsh slate, the quality of which is second to none but have developed their products to keep up with the needs of the customer.The workshop is also a well known visitor attraction in the area giving an insight to working with slate”
Slate present for Dr Refaat
Inigo Jones provided a slate plaque that was presented to Dr Refaat by his fellow students on him passing his PhD at Bangor University.
CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR
May we take this opportunity to wish all our customers a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year in 2011.
OPENING HOURS OVER CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR.
We are closing 5pm on Friday 24th of December and reopening on Wednesday 29th of December.
We close at 5pm on Friday 31st December and reopen as normal on Sunday January 2nd of January 2011.
500 million year old welsh slate gifts make ideal original Christmas presents,
Original slate products make ideal Christmas presents
Inigo Jones Slate Works is looking forward to another busy Christmas this year.
Last years best sellers were slate coasters,lazy Susans, cheese boards and placemats and they are expected to be high on the list again this year.
A new product this year is a slate picture frame that is proving very popular also.
Engraved slate nameplates which are made to order are another popular item and make an original Christmas present.
Orders that are for despatch must be ordered by 10/12/2010 to ensure delivery by Christmas.
SLATE DONATED TO 1st THE QUEEN'S DRAGOON GUARDS
500 MILLION YEAR OLD WELSH SLATE MONOLITH STARTS ITS JOURNEY FROM BLAENAU FFESTINIOG TO THE NATIONAL MEMORIAL ARBORETUM NEAR LICHFIELD.
A Welsh slate monolith has been selected for a new memorial for 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards (“The QDG’s”) soon to be erected at the National Memorial Arboretum near Lichfield.
Welsh Slate was considered appropriate for this regiment which was originally raised in 1685,and assumed its present name in 1959 after amalgamation. The Regiment has had a very colourful history in its short existence. The Cavalry Regiment of the Wales and Border Counties has seen action all over the world and the new monument will be for those who have lost their lives whilst serving their country.
Inigo Jones & Co Ltd were approached for their assistance by the regimental solicitors. Gamlins Solicitors LLP in Bangor as Gamlins knew that Inigo Jones are a specialist slate company.
The monolith is 3.5 metres tall and weighs about 2 tons.
Inigo Jones & Co Ltd and Cwt y Bugail Cyf jointly agreed to donate this stone to 1st Queen’s Dragoon Guards.
Dewi Williams who currently operates the slate quarry at Cwt y Bugail said
“We are absolutely delighted to have helped the Queen’s Dragoon Guards by partly donating this Welsh slate to the brave soldiers of this Welsh Regiment and look forward to seeing it in its place in Lichfield in the near future”
Lt Colonel W.R.Brace MBE. BEM the Regimental Secretary of the Queen’s Dragoon Guards came to Blaenau Ffestiniog to witness the welsh slate commencing its journey to Cardiff for engraving before it is erected in Lichfield.
1. Lt Colonel Brace ( left) and John Brooke(right) thanking John Lloyd ( centre right) & Dewi Williams(centre left) for their kind donation before the slate was loaded.
Solid Slate Patio Sets
Riven and Polished natural Green and Black slate patio sets each comprising of table and 3 curved benches.
Table is 1.100mm / 43" diameter and the base is supplied in 2 pieces that interlock together so is easy to lift and transport.
The 3 benches are 127cms / 50" long and are already glued together and each are supplied in one piece.
Now on special offer until 31/12/2010
£556.00 Collected including VAT
Completely Maintainence free
Slate Quarry Album Book Launch now postponed
The book launch of the " Slate Quarry Album " witten by Gordon & Ann Hatherill was to take place at Inigo Jones on April 1st 2010 at Inigo Jones Slate Works.
This has now had to be postponed owing to the fact that Gordon has a heart problem and is undergoing treatment.
We wish Gordon a speedy recovery and hope to rearrange the launch later in the year.
The book is written by Gordon and Ann who met whilst working as volunteers on the Tal y Llyn Railway, and tells the story of slate tramways and equipment. This book resulted from many holiday family visits to North Wales which is very well written researched and illistrated. John Lloyd of Inigo Jones Slate Works said
" This book is excellent for those interested in slate quarries and helps to explain so many of the past relics"
Christmas and New Year at Inigo Jones
Inigo Jones are looking forward to another busy Christmas and New Year.The shop and cafe are open until 5pm on Christmas Eve and then reopen again as normal on Saturday 26th and are just closed on New Years Day and reopen again as normal on January 2nd 2010.
Locals and visitors to the area are looking for things to do over the Christmas break and this is why we feel it is so important to be open over this holiday period.
Lon Eifion runs past Inigo Jones Slate Works and is an ideal safe walk or bike ride from Caernarfon to Groeslon and back.
Inigo Jones supply Slate Trophies and Coasters for Splash Worlds
Crews from all over the world attended Pwllheli from the 8th to the 14th of August for the Splash Worlds,the majority of them from the Netherlands. The Splash sailors are all under 18 whilst those over 18 continue into the Flash class, which is the same boat with a larger sail.
The President of the International Splash Class Luuk Feikens opened the event with over 400 competitors and families attending in the large marquee at Pwllheli Sailing Club.
Inigo Jones Slate Works provided purpose made welsh slate trophies and coasters for the event.
This is yet another prestigous sailing event held in Pwllheli and Inigo Jones were delighted to be asked to supply welsh slate for the event.
Welsh Slate at Bafta Cymru Awards
Engraved Aberllefenni Welsh slate bases were cut shaped and engraved by Inigo Jones Slate Works and used as bases on this years Bafta Cymru Awards, held recently at the Millennium Centre in Cardiff.
The bases were used to support the coveted Bafta Cymru Mask, which was created by Toby Petersen and based on a design by American sculptor Mitzi Cunliffe.
John Lloyd one of Inigo Jones' directors said
“We were delighted to supply welsh slate bases for such a prestigious event
New BareFoot Trail at Greenwood Forest Park
A new BareFoot Trail was recently opened by Mr Alun Ffred Jones,the Welsh Assembly Government Minister for Heritage, and a slate plaque was supplied by Inigo Jones to mark the event.
The Minister praised GreenWood Forest Park for their success and stated how important tourism was to Snowdonia.He is confident that 2009 will be a successful year for tourism as so many UK residents are going to holiday at home this year, he believes, owing to the strength of the Euro and Dollar against the pound.
Resurgence in demand for Dragon's Tongue Whetstones
There has been a huge resurgence in demand for welsh slate honing stones as a result of the World Wide Web.These welsh slate stones prefabricated from 500-million-year old welsh slate from the Aberllefenni quarry used to be produced in their thousands in the early 1900s to go into toolkits.
As a result of recent discussions and recommendations on specialist forums such as www.straightrazorplace.com and www.forum.nassrasur.com, orders have been received from all over the world.
The proprietor John Lloyd said " It is very exciting that demand has been created all over the world for this classic welsh product as a result of consumers discussing and recommending our Dragon's Tongue whetstones"
Technology frees slate works employees for creative tasks
Headlines from article that appeared in Western Mail on 30th October 2008.
Aled Blake wrote "There some good news for manufacturing in Wales yesterday after a slate firm in Caernarfon reported a 70% increase in production.
Technological support from Manufacturing Advisory Council, Wales has enabled the company to increase production, accuracy and consistency but without compromising the hand-crafted nature of its products.
Ieuan Wyn Jones, Minister for the Economy and Transport, said this is good news and that Inigo Jones has made a significant contribution to the local economy for nearly 150 years and remains a highly successful company because it has adapted to changing markets and always been in the forefront of innovation"
Unusual Slate Nameplate
Inigo Jones supply over 1,000 nameplates every year all over the world. One supplied recently was a bit different as it featured Mickey Mouse.
Railway returns to Inigo Jones Slate Works
A miniature railway will be running at Inigo Jones at Easter, May Day and Spring Bank Holiday.
Lon Eifion was the old railway line which ran from Criccieth to Caernarfon and Inigo Jones had its own siding known as Grafog Sidings. The line was axed by Beeching in the 60's and so it is nice to see a railway back for the first time in over 40 years which is expected to be a big attraction for both locals and tourists.
Unusual Memorial Plaque
Inigo Jones recently supplied an unusual slate memorial plaque in the shape of a dart board.
David John Williams was the local League Secretary for a number of years and so the local League decided it would be appropriate to honour his memory with this unusual slate plaque
Sailing Trophies Galore
Inigo Jones Slate Works have supplied a number of slate trophies for World and National Sailing Championships held in Pwllheli this summer.
Over 400 trophies were supplied for the Cadet World Sailing Championships and 54 were supplied for the Merlin Rocket 2007 National Championships.
Pwllheli Sailing Club now hosts many World and National Sailing Championships and is getting an excellent reputation for excellent facilities, organisation and good sailing.
New Water Wheel at Inigo Jones Slate Works
Tuesday May 1st 2007
New Landmark at Local Tourist Attraction
Visitors to Inigo Jones Slateworks will have an additional reason to go to the attraction this spring and summer. A waterwheel celebrating the history of ‘the works’ has been erected which is a scaled down version of the original that was there.
At one stage a 25’ waterwheel used to drive all the machinery in the mill. This had to be dismantled in 1952 since the channel that arched over the road carrying the water from the stream at Grafog became too low. This happened when there was the introduction of new double decker buses carrying passengers from Caernarfon to Porthmadog. The reconstructed waterwheel is similar to the original but is a scaled down version with a 10’ diameter.
Company Director, John Lloyd is delighted with the new landmark:
“Ideally we would have like to keep the scale and location of the original but costs would have been prohibitive. This is the perfect compromise and the site gives visitors an excellent view of the new feature. The history of the attraction comes alive and we are hoping the new addition will be as fondly thought of as the original.”
When the original waterwheel came down such was the strength of feeling that a local reporter felt moved to write a six verse poem in Welsh about it. The poem talks about “the big, old wheel of Grafog” and is a sentimental depiction of the loss of its presence to the area. The first verse goes like this:
“Mi ddwedaf wrthych chydig bach
O hanes olwyn hynod
Bydd yn bo hir, nis bydd ar gof
Mae bellach wedi darfod
Tros llawer blwydd bu plant y fro
Yn chwarae iti’n fywiog
Tra’r ffrwd ymdroellai’r trwy dy gafn
Hen Olwyn Fawr y Grafog”
The erection of the new waterwheel is the latest stage of a development plan which is on-going at Inigo Jones. Last year saw new landscaping and an improved frontage and there are further exciting plans in the pipeline to develop the e-commerce side of the business where visitors can buy slate and garden products on line.
For further information contact: John Lloyd, Inigo Jones Slateworks, Groeslon, Caernarfon Tel: 01286 830 242 E: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.inigojones.co.uk
Slate of Hand - New Book Launch held at Inigo Jones on March 23rd 2007
Inigo Jones & Co Ltd were delighted to hold the first launch in the United Kingdom of a new book
“Slate of Hand: Stone for Fine Art & Folk Art”
written by American writers Judy and Ted Buswick.The book investigates slate quarry regions on both sides of the Atlantic.
The book demonstrates how Welsh slate has been used by celebrity artists Andy Goldsworthy, Richard Long and Philip King for some of their works now on display internationally. Welsh artists featured include Bill Rice, Howard Bowcott, Ivor Richards, Sara Humphreys and Bill Swann.
“Slate of Hand” proves that slate has inspired artists around the globe, with slate art exhibited in museums, and as decorations in homes.
Original slate products make ideal Christmas presents
Inigo Jones Slate Works is looking forward to another busy Christmas this year.
Last years best sellers were slate wine racks and placemats and they are expected to be high on the list again this year.
A new product is a slate picture frame that is proving very popular also.
Engraved slate nameplates which are made to order are another popular item and make an original Christmas present.
Orders that are for despatch must be ordered by 30/11/2006 to ensure delivery by Christmas.
Orders can be placed online on our secure site www.inigojones.co.uk
INIGOJONES OUTSIDE DISPLAY, SPRING FACELIFT 2006
In order to make the range of items that we produce and sell, even more accessible we have covered our display area in light coloured Cotswold stone so that our fine Welsh slate products are shown to their best effect.
We now have a small 'Garden' area showing the range of slate chippings and Garden furniture.
We also have displays of our flooring and paving tiles.
There are many other garden features to see including sundials, birdbaths, water features, slate models and Celtic engravings.
Our facelift also includes a fine display of hanging baskets and other plants.
Dont just take our word for it, come and see for yourself. We are open 7 days a week from 9.00am until 5.00pm. Everyone is welcome at INIGOJONES.
Inigo Jones launch new web site
Inigo Jones Slate Works launch their new website on March 18th 2004.
The new site offers all the company's products on a secure site. Shopping is made easy and nameplates made form 500 million year old welsh slate can now be ordered easily online and delivered anywhere in the world.
Enquiries can also easily be sent for products that the company makes to order, and there is technical information also provided.
Information on the tour of the slate works is also included and group bookings can be easily made online.
The web site was constructed by Blue Sky Technologies of Colwyn Bay and the secure payment site is provided by Secure Trading of Bangor North Wales, thus ensuring local welsh businesses are supported in line with the company's policy.
John Lloyd one of the company's director said "The new site was made possible by financial support from the Wales Tourist Board and it is now possible for orders to be placed for our quality slate products by anyone in the world "
A new book " Welsh Slate Craft" by Alun John Richards is being launched at Inigo Jones Slate Works at midday on Friday April 28th.
Alun John Richards is a renowned expert on the Welsh Slate industry and is the author of eight titles on the slate districts and heritage of Wales.
The new book is 104 pages illistrated in colour and black and white and it chronicles the triumphs and the tradegies, the hardships and the hopes of this great industry and its people.
John Lloyd a director of Inigo Jones Slate Works stated " We are absolutely delighted that Alun is launching his new book "Welsh Slate Craft" here at Tudor Slate Works,Y Groeslon, and it is very appropriate to have the event here, as the company has been established on this site since 1861, and has diversified its products over the years,continuing to use the same raw material namely Welsh Slate.
Today the company prefabricates architectural memorial and craft products and is now open to the public for self guided tours of the slate works.There is also a new modern showroom as well as a cafe which is open to the public all year round"
The launch will take place at midday on Friday April 28th followed by a buffet lunch.
Alun will be signing copies of the new book in the showroom at Inigo Jones Slate Works between 1pm and 2pm.
For further information contact
John Lloyd 01286 830242
2006 GULBENKIAN PLAQUES TO BE MADE BY INIGO JONES AGAIN
Inigo Jones & Co Limited, Y Groeslon Caernarfon are delighted that they have been commissioned yet again to produce welsh slate plaques for the winner and finalists of the Gulbenkian Prize for 2006.
The Gulbenkian Prize is awarded to the best Musuem and Gallery in the United Kingdom and the £100,000 prize for the winner is the single biggest arts prize awarded in Britain.
The circular welsh slate plaques are engraved and presented to the winner and finalists who then proudly display them at their musuem.The winner will be announced on the 25th May 2006.
John Lloyd one of Inigo Jones' directors stated
" We are delighted to have been awarded the conract again this year to produce welsh slate plaques for the prestigious Gulbenkian Prize.Last year it was won by Big Pit ,and on the long list this year is the National Waterfront Musuem in Swansea and being totally biased I hope it will be another welsh winner again this year ! "
INIGO JONES BECOMES QUALITY ASSURED
Inigo Jones Slate Works is now a quality assured visitor attraction. The Wales Tourist Board inspected the slate works in June 2004 and passed the attraction and they can now display a VAQAS plaque made from natural welsh slate.
John Lloyd the company's Managing Director said " We are delighted to be recognised as a quality assured visitor attraction,that is a quality mark that the customer will become more and more familiar with, as the Wales Tourist Board more actively promotes the scheme"
INIGO JONES SUPPLIES SLATE PLAQUES FOR GULBENKIAN AWARDS.
Inigo Jones supplied welsh slate
plaques for the 2004 and 2005
Gulbenkian awards and were
delighted when the 2005 winner
was Big Pit from South Wales.
The winning plaque is proudly
displayed at Big Pit which is
now one of Wales' major attractions
Engraved Slate plate commisioned from Inigo Jones
This special engraved slate plate was produced to order by Inigo Jones to mark the special campaign by the walled towns of Chester,Caernarfon,Denbigh,Beaumaris and Conwy.
Inigo Jones specialises in items made to order for special events.