History Books

Stanier, Peter: Quarries and Quarrying (15372)

Shire Publications reprint 2009
8vo paperback 32 pages F+ 95 gms
(Order reference 15372)

Whether they are still operational or long-abandoned, Quarries are often dismissed as eyesores. Despite this, they can be fascinating to visit, and provide an interesting link to a once-powerful and necessary industry. Although the Romans worked quarries, it was not until the Middle Ages that the industry became established on a large scale. It then achieved its height during the nineteenth century in response to industrialisation and the associated demand for stone. The book deals with the extraction methods of various types of stone and the rise and slow decline of quarrying across the UK. While telling the history of quarrying, it also covers some of the most famous and notable quarrying sites.