Unfortunately I was not able to use a flash in the St. Paul’s Cathedral crypt, but I did manage to grab a shot of the Duke of Wellington’s Tomb. A bit of a dark shot, but it may give a comparison with the rock used for West’s Grave.
The site consists of one quarry void, now partially water filled and extending to approximately 19 acres, supporting utility areas and de-watering areas, approximately 40 acres of tenanted farmland and an area of low-lying woodland. The site benefits from two access points from the public highway, with associated areas of hardstanding. The quarry was last worked in the late 1990s and whilst the fixed plant and equipment has been removed, a redundant weighbridge is located adjacent to the main quarry access.
Currently mothballed, there is an estimated 11 million tonnes of workable reserves remaining on site. The quarry provides Cornish granite that is utilised for purposes such as general construction aggregate and for roadway sub-base construction. The permissions to allow quarrying are currently live but there is currently no intention by the tenant to re-start operations at the quarry
From sales brochure by UK Land and Farms.
The Trevithick Society’s talk in October will be Quarry related.
The Bearah Tor Granite Quarry,by the Quarry’s operator, Ian Piper. Bearah Tor Quarry is cut into the slopes of the Tor on the eastern edge of Bodmin Moor. It was once served by a branch of the the Liskeard and Caradon Railway, a railway in which William West held shares. This should be a fascinating presentation, a rare mixture of past and present.
All are welcome-(Non members two pound donation).
Tuesday 14th October: 7:30pm Liskeard Public Hall (The Long Room). I will have copies of The Last Great Cornish Engineer for sale at the meeting.