Dave B

Dave B

Posted on 11/17/2015

Photo taken on November 13, 2015


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Industrial Heritage
Inclined plane
Kerridge Ridge
Kerridge End

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Industrial archaeology looking up Inclined planes at Kerridge End

Industrial archaeology looking up Inclined planes at Kerridge End
Kerridge ridge, east of Macclesfield in Cheshire, runs approximately north-south and has long been used for quarrying. Today, it is the western side which is still actively used with easy access to roads but there are the remain of old quarries (and an old coal shaft) on this the eastern side. In fact, this is one of three inclined planes used to bring the stone down from the quarries well up on the ridges' flanks. It is easy to see this, the longest run, as it is a right-of-way through the quarries to the summit ridge. However, you can see the marks of a higher one as a light line in the grass between the two trees on the upper left. The third is lower and to the right, that greener strip beyond the three trees bottom left. The three planes do join together further up the slope where there remains which could be buildings of some kind. At the bottom of the hillside behind me the planes all seem to serve what must have been a trackway of some kind leading to local roads.

My grandfather, born in the 1880's, told me that these were once tramways worked by gravity with the wagons coming down one plane whilst dragging empty stock up one of the others (the lower one I think.) I can find no proof of this and such maps as I can find show no signs of tramways. In fact, they show only this one plane when it is possible to see the other two quite easily on the ground. To my own knowledge, OS does not get everything correct so who knows? Maybe a metal detector someday may find some remains on the other planes?

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Phil Sutters
Phil Sutters
This is what photo-sharing is good at. If local history archives had the resources to collate this type of material it would stop the pictures and spoken history being lost. Thanks for doing your bit to keep these features from disappearing under the grass and trees.
3 years ago.
Dave B has replied to Phil Sutters
Thank you Phil. Yes, there are so many sights we could have taken if only we had thought about it at the time. When I think of the way my home town has altered since my childhood, I could weep that I (or my family) never even thought of taking memory shots - and we had cameras! But then film and processing cost a lot more than digital.
3 years ago.