Once a Quarry……

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Padley Gorge, Grindleford, Derbyshire

When  walking round our county of Derbyshire, you are always walking through our industrial history.  Here at Padley Gorge, in what is now a Nature Reserve, surrounded by high Beech Trees, spralling Oak and spindly Silver Birch, it is hard to visualise that this was once a busy quarry.

Millstone Grit was rough cut on site, a major center for mill wheels and grinding stones. Often called an open air factory, it must have been a place of endless activity.  Then dramatically the market collapsed, as progress and an improved method of manufacture was developed.   But even then the Gorge was restless,  quarrying was resumed for Gritstone Blocks used in the construction of the nearby Derwent Reservoir Dams.

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Most signs of the Quarry workings have vanished beneath the undergrowth. Today its a tranquil gorge, in spring is full of birds, the woodlands providing acres of great nesting sites.

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

19th December

(C) David Oakes 2020

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