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Report - Titterstone clee Quarry, Dec 2014

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  1. Bighed

    Bighed 28DL Full Member
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    Hi all. This is my first attempt at anything UE. To most of you with bigger balls (at the moment) it's a walk in the park :Not Worthy as it's fully open to public but I still found it all pretty interesting. Apologies for the picture quality but I don't currently have a tripod. I visited with her indoors and our 2 children. Was a nice afternoons mooch to be honest and something I've wanted to do for years as the Golf ball radar can be seen for miles around.

    Info shamelessly taken from Wiki.

    Over the years Titterstone Clee has been subject to much quarrying for dhustone or basalt. It is because of this that the hill is littered with many abandoned quarries. In medieval times ironstone and, later, coal were mined, in particular from bell pits: localised mine shafts, one of which has now flooded to form a lake. The largest quarries have sheer drops of up to around thirty metres (one hundred feet). Before the Second World War, the area would be described as industrial, because of the presence of wide-scale quarrying and associated activity. Men came from places such as Bridgnorth and Ludlow to work in the quarries, and the villages of Bedlam and Dhustone on Titterstone Clee were built especially for the quarry workers. Crumbling remains of quarry buildings now litter the hill, reminders of a bygone industry that once employed more than 2,000 people here. An old 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge railway incline is still visible on the hill, and a large concrete structure, under which the wagons were filled with stone, still remains next to the modern day car park. Nearby, on the flanks of Clee Hill, a standard gauge railway incline provided means of exporting quarried stone from above Cleehill village. This railway infrastructure remained intact until abandoned in the early 1960s.[3] In the past the quarries have also been worked (on a much smaller scale) for coal, fireclay and limestone.

    Early in the 20th century, a further large quarry (the Magpie Quarry) opened on the eastern side of Clee Hill and an aerial ropeway was built to carry stone off the hill eastwards to the railway at Detton Ford. The footings for the tall pylons which supported the wires still remain near the summit, parallel to the modern day track to the radar domes.

    Clee Hill is still quarried behind Cleehill village. Quarrying resumed here in the late 1980s, 50 years after the Titterstone Clee Dhustone quarry closed just below the summit. The main buildings of the quarry are just visible from the A4117 road but virtually hidden from view by ingenious landscaping.

    Several radar domes and towers operate on the summit of the hill. The largest of the radar arrays is part of the National Air Traffic Services (NATS) radar network, and covers one of 30 overlapping regions of UK airspace. The one on Titterstone Clee monitors all aircraft within a 100-mile radius. The smaller of the two is a Met Office weather radar which is part of a network of 16 radars across the country used to detect cloud precipitation (rain). The domes and masts are well-known local landmarks, with one in particular often being nicknamed "the golf ball" because of it looking like a giant teed-up golf ball. They can be seen for many miles, even from some parts of The Black Country.

    On with the pics, they are in no particular order. I'm unsure what a lot of the buildings were. So if anyone could shed any light? I think the large gridded ones were possibly hoppers of some sort.

    I did notice though that the buildings for the radar systems had no cctv cameras which shocked me to be honest.

    Again, apologies if picture quality isn't the greatest.


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    #1 Bighed, Dec 27, 2014
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2014

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