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Chasing the Sun :0(


By cmsue


Well the weather man said we were to have some sun today .Wrong again.

Haytor in the mist. Hound of the baskervills comes to mind

The old Quarry works by Haytor, stone removed from here was carried all the way to London where a lot was used on London bridge.

A bit closer

Hey Bob the sun is over there :0)


What about over there

Never mind. At least it was dry

Then on the way home we saw this magnificent fellow

This pub is the remotest pub on Dartmoor,its very high up so when it snows it can get cut of for days, I wouldn’t mind being in there when it happens lol

And so to home

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I did enjoy your New Years Day cmsue, Love it there. Isn't that the pub where the log fire is kept burning all year? Day & night?

7 Jan, 2013


Thanks for sharing your walk Sue. I used to think quarries were awful places, but later in life read more about them and what men did with the stone in Medieval times.
The stone from Barnack Quarry was taken 6 miles across country on horse drawn sledges to Wansford on the Nene River and downstream on sailing barges to Peterborough, where it was used to build the Cathedral. This work took 80 years in the 1450s. The pay for doing this was 2/- a ton. Some of the stone from Weldon Quarry was taken in the same way to Cambridge, where it was used to build part of Kings College Chapel.
Its quite interesting, tracing where the stone from your local quarry was taken, and visiting the buildings where it was used. Makes me feel rather humble with just a small rockery to think about.

8 Jan, 2013


Goyers may be interested in tracing stone in their areas.
On a walk some time ago, I noticed the slate memorials in Cottingham Churchyard were as good as the day they were set up. We are used to Limestone memorials crumbling and illegible after years of weathering.
Then I discovered the slate the Cottingham ones were made from was brought from the slate quarry at Woodhouse Eaves north of Leicester. My son said it must have been brought by barge down the River Welland to Market Harborough, and by horse and cart along the Welland Valley to Cottingham.
It said so much about people in Victorian times, and their values.
So stone can tell us a story, if we only spare time to search for its geological history and use - and the people who used it. They were all gardeners too !
Clipsham Quarry is still working. There is a house in Cottingham which has been built with Clipsham stone, some of which is at Brixworth Church (A.D. 608) and Westminster Abbey.
We also have lots of buildings with Collyweston slate roofs. Every row had a name. When Rockingham Castle was re-roofed in 1450 the manager at Collyweston Quarry sent his own men over to hang the slates, because he didnt trust the Estate workers to get them in the right order. That roof is still there now.

8 Jan, 2013


It looks very atmospheric in the mist. I always enjoy the Hound of the Baskervilles story :o)
That lonely pub looks haunted lol :O

8 Jan, 2013


Agree with Hywel atmospheric and love the bird well captured there Sue love the sceens, feel I ve been for a ride with you both.

9 Jan, 2013

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