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Report - Brookman's Quarry, Badmington, 06-09-09

Discussion in 'Mines and Quarries' started by petzl, Sep 6, 2009.

  1. petzl

    petzl Explorational Urbanite
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    Visited with Spungle and Active Seed.

    Info 1st....

    In South Gloucestershire the Bath Stone beds are at shallow depth and were mainly worked on the Badminton Estate in Tormarton and Old Sodbury parishes to supply a very local market.

    The earliest known reference to quarrying in Tormarton is 4th March 1793 when James Gingell was killed "in consequence of a certain quantity of Earth & Rubbish falling upon his Body as he was raising Stone in a certain Quarry in the Parish of Tormarton".

    Brookman's Quarry in Tormarton is an underground one, Thomas Brookman a farmer worked it up to 1863, from 1864 it appears to have been worked by the Badminton Estate, digging continued up to 1916 when the quarry closed. In the summer of 1936 the Bath & Portland Stone Firms Ltd sunk a shaft in the floor of the quarry in order to test the nature of the stone at a greater depth, the Badminton Estate paid £25 towards the cost. The work was done by Owen Bishop, a well known Corsham ganger. The gang included Ted Gibbons of Gastard who died in the early 1990s, he was the last man to work underground at Tormarton.

    Tormarton stone was used for the restoration of Acton Turville Church in 1853, for the new font and the pillars and arches which separate the Aisles from the Nave and the corbels supporting the roof. A new font was supplied to West Littleton church in 1856.

    The quarry is basically an inclined roadway type where the hauling road descends from the surface down to the floor of the quarry where the head of stone was undermined by pillar and stall workings. The freestone is wedge bedded i.e. the strata is inclined, The square 1936 trial shaft is still there.

    Active seed and me really enjoyed meeting up with spungle, He has good info and he helped me with my DSLR. Thanks mate :thumb

    Brookman's is not a big quarry But has a lot to offer beginners to mines.
    For me I enjoyed playing with my camera. Still have a lot to learn but im getting there. My 1st time at light painting so tips will be taken on board :D

    Look out for the Unopened milk. Spungel knows the date from when it's been there.

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