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Manod Quarry near Blaenau Ffestiniog played a unique role in the Second World War. As London became a strategic bombing target a safe haven for the nation's priceless paintings had to be found. Initially, priceless pictures & paintings were secretly transported from the National Gallery into various parts of North Wales but with the threat of bombing from Liverpool it was decided to place the pictures in a huge underground chamber entered by a long tunnel at Manod. (1941) Special storage areas were built and air-conditioned. To See contemporary photos of the Art Repository visit http:/​/​www.​penmorfa.​com/​Rhiwbach/​manod3.​html
"The pictures included those by Rembrandt, Van Dyke, Leonardo da Vinci and Gainsborough." (Various sources)

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Category:Artistic
Subcategory:Paintings
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Keywords:air-raids, blaenau ffestiniog, blitz, churchill, cymru, fine art, manod, national gallery, paintings, quarries, quarry, slate, wales, wartime secrets, world war 2

HRS 6109 Manod, Llyn Bowydd 2008

HRS 6109 Manod, Llyn Bowydd 2008

HRS 6110 Terrain south of Manod 2008

HRS 6110 Terrain south of Manod 2008

HRS 6111 Manod quarry 2008

HRS 6111 Manod quarry 2008

HRS 6112 Manod quarry slate cutter 2008

HRS 6112  Manod quarry slate cutter 2008

HRS 6113 Manod, WW2 Secret Art Repository entrance 2008

HRS 6113 Manod, WW2 Secret Art Repository entrance 2008

HRS 6114 Manod, WW2 Secret Art Repository entrance tunnel 2008

HRS 6114 Manod, WW2 Secret Art Repository entrance tunnel 2008

HRS 6116 Manod WW2, Secret Art Repository entrance 2008

HRS 6116 Manod WW2,  Secret Art Repository entrance 2008

HRS 6116 Manod WW2, Secret Art Repository entrance 2008

HRS 6116 Manod WW2,  Secret Art Repository entrance 2008

HRS 6117 Manod, stone building 2008

HRS 6117 Manod, stone building 2008

HRS 6118 Manod WW2, Secret Art Repository entrance 2008

HRS 6118 Manod WW2,  Secret Art Repository entrance 2008

HRS 6119 Manod, Underground quarry near Manod 2008

HRS 6119 Manod, Underground quarry near Manod 2008

HRS 6128 Clogwyn Candryll below Manod 2008

HRS 6128 Clogwyn Candryll below Manod 2008

HRS 6129 Manod Bach 2008

HRS 6129 Manod Bach 2008

HRS 6130 Manod Bach evening light 2008

HRS 6130 Manod Bach evening light 2008