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    Default Three Quarries, Stoney Middleton, Derbyshire, September 2020


    1. Background
    The Derbyshire village of Stoney Middleton located in the White Peak can be traced back to Roman times. Itís famous for its proximity to the plague village of Eyam and its location just due west of Middleton Dale meant it has also become a major centre for Peak District rock climbers. The valley of carboniferous limestone (calcium carbonate) has meant that Middleton Dale has been quarried for hundreds of years to produce lime and to provide stone for the construction industry. Stoney Middleton stone can be found in numerous important buildings including the nearby Chatsworth House, Windsor Castle, Houses of Parliament, and the Bank of England.

    Early methods of quarrying were rudimentary and relied on manpower to split and break up the rocks with little mechanisation beyond a horse and cart. The use of gunpowder in blasting at the beginning of the 19th century significantly increased production and led to the established limestone quarrying as we know it today. Quarries like the ones in Stoney Middleton have led to the Peak District becoming Britainís largest lime and limestone producer.

    Gang of quarrymen at Goddardís quarry:

    goddards-quarry by HughieDW, on Flickr

    There is also an extensive system of caves that are connected to old lead mine shafts.

    2. The Pictures
    We had a look round three old quarries that stand side by side near Stoney Middleton along the dale

    (I) Goddardís Quarry
    The former Goddard's limestone quarry, now restored and returned to nature, is the closest of the three quarries to Stoney Middleton. During the sixties, the main road was frequently closed to traffic while blasting took place in Goddardís Quarry, which is currently the property of R.M.C.Roadstone Ltd. Itís popular with climbers and the smallest of the three. No buildings remain, just the long main quarry face with its three, layered galleries and its distinctive red rocks at the bottom of the quarry.

    Stoney 07 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img9042 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img9046 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img9047 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img9043 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img9044 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Not sure what this purple mineral is here:

    Stoney 06 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    But I think this fossil is a brachiopod:

    img9049 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    (II) Darlton Quarry
    Opposite Lovers Leap Garage, this is the middle of the three quarries. This is the only one of the three quarries that has a few buildings remaining, albeit sealed tight. It was recently on the market with estate agent Fisher German but am unsure if it sold.

    img9002 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img9012 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img9017 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img9016 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img9008 by HughieDW, on Flickr



    The two galleried main wall:

    img9003 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img9011 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The former quarry buildings, all sealed tight:

    img9010 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img9007 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    A spade or a ******* shovel?

    img9006 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img9019 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    (III) Hidden Quarry (formerly Darlton 2)

    Not much info on this place. This was the largest quarry of the three. It has 68 climbing routes spread over seven different areas of the quarry.

    img9021 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The impressive three galleried quarried cliff is popular with the climbing fraternity:

    Stoney 03 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img9023 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Stoney 04 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img9025 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    View from the first gallery of the cliff:

    Stoney 05 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img9028 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img9029 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img9034 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img9036 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img9039 by HughieDW, on Flickr

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    That’s different mate.

    Cheers newage
    The Newage Traveller gaining entry so you don`t have to.....

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    I've passed though the village many times on family visits but near had the chance to see what was there.

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    Nice report mate - i pressume there were never many buildings on these sites in the first place ... Unlike North Wales .. !

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    Cheers mate. Never occurred to me to look round here but looked good on Google Maps so gave it a bash...

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    Quote Originally Posted by fluffy5518 View Post
    Nice report mate - i pressume there were never many buildings on these sites in the first place ... Unlike North Wales .. !
    I used to work at the Darlton quarry
    in the 90's, there were quite a few buildings there at one time, brick plant ect.

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