tarboat's photos with the gritstone

Oak House

Oak House
I never cease to marvel at the quality of work that masons can produce from a lump of gritstone. This is one of two massive stone acorns flanking the gate to Oak House near Facit. The stone will have come from the extensive quarries nearby which specialis…
Added on August 31, 2014

Broadbent crushers

Broadbent crushers
Jaw crusher (left) and roll crusher (right), both by Broadbent of Stalybridge, rusting into the trees at a long disused gritstone quarry.
Added on January 13, 2012

Cracken Edge Incline

Cracken Edge Incline
Little is known about the history of the Cracken Edge quarries. What is clear is that they were closed by the later nineteenth century and that they had an inclined plane to take the product down to the road. The drumhouse for the incline still has substa…
Added on July 24, 2011

End of the workings

End of the workings
Far end of one of the galleries in the Cracken Edge Quarries. Somebody has been having fun with the tea lights in here.
Added on January  9, 2010

Steam engine

Steam engine
Another from the abandoned gritstone quarry visit. This is the cylinder, flywheel and crank of the steam engine that drove some of the machinery. The plate on the side of the cylinder reads - Mather & Platt Manchester 1873. The stone slab water tank is a…
Added on July 24, 2009

Cracken Edge Quarries

Cracken Edge Quarries
The Cracken Edge Quarries above Chinley in Derbyshire comprise a series of faces stretching over a distance of around 1 kilometre. The products were transported down to the nearest road via a long incline which can be seen running across the centre and le…
Added on September 19, 2009

Cracken Edge mine

Cracken Edge mine
The Cracken Edge Quarries were exploited for gritstone in the nineteenth century and probably earlier. There is very little published on the history of the site even though it is extensive and clearly visible from a long way off. What is clear is that the…
Added on April 19, 2009

Crane pulley

Crane pulley
Jib end cap and pulley casting on a collapsed crane in an abandoned quarry.
Added on April 24, 2009

Cracken Edge roadway

Cracken Edge roadway
Packwall and roadway in one of the Cracken Edge stone mines.
Added on May  1, 2009

Fletcher Bank Quarry

Fletcher Bank Quarry
This quarry above Ramsbottom was certainly active in 1876. Today it produces 500-600,000 tonnes of stone each year. To the left is a concrete products works which utilises much of the quarry output and employs around 150 people producing a range of items…
Added on January 24, 2009

Crushers

Crushers
A happy afternoon exploring an old abandoned stone quarry yielded lots of old machinery quietly rusting and rotting away. Here two crushers sit side-by-side, both made by Robert Broadbent & Son Ltd., Phoenix Ironworks, Stalybridge. On the right is a jaw c…
Added on January 29, 2009

Bedstones

Bedstones
Bedstones for machinery in a disused quarry. These once held the flywheel and crank for a frame saw.
Added on January 30, 2009

Round Barn Quarry

Round Barn Quarry
Late summer at the long disused Round Barn gritstone quarry at Entwistle in Lancashire.
Added on September  5, 2007

Reeve Edge Quarries

Reeve Edge Quarries
At the top of the Dane Valley lie the Reeve Edge Quarries which once produced large quantities of roofing flags. The extensive tips appear to be large than the quarry hole from which the stone was extracted.

The chimney in the foreground served the Dane…
Added on April  9, 2007