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Report - Beer Quarry - Dorset - August 2013

Discussion in 'Mines and Quarries' started by Els, Aug 31, 2013.

  1. Els

    Els Obsessed with BS7671
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    Once a year we take a family holiday down Dorset way and I always like to try and find something worth a look at whilst I'm in another part of the country; having young children tends to limit exploration to my local area as I can't really be away from home for extended periods. Anyway, a little search turned up this place not so far away from our crash pad so best drop in for a quick visit.

    I don't really know a vast amount about poking about in old quarries and I'll be honest in saying that I was crappin' it a bit as I didn't know if the whole lot was about to collapse on my nut or not. Having said that, quite a fair amount of it has been backfilled so really it's quite a small area to cover. Anyway, I mainly stick to derps and generally don't touch anything unless it's disabled access so I guess this was a bit of a challenge for me, which is what I'm trying to say in a half arsed kind of way.

    Back to the plot. If you’re going to this place a bit further up the road are the Beer Quarry Caves which offer a guided tour during the summer and well worth a look in if you have a few spare dollars.


    Due to car/space/holiday constraints I only took two prime lenses, a 31mm and a 20mm, so I didn't get any wangle shots so apologies for all the close ups, but your just going to have to make the best of it I'm afraid.

    Here is a short history I have shamelessly stolen from Collingwood's report back from 2010, and thanks for rediscovering the place :thumb

    Beer Quarry is the younger brother of the Beer Quarry caves, which were originally first cut by the Romans, and still used up until the 1920’s. The ‘newer’ quarry started life around 1885, producing crushed rock, agricultural Lime, and top quality stone which was easy to mine, and that can be sawn or squared in any direction due to the uniform structure of the rock.

    Freshly quarried it is easy to carve but hardens on exposure to the air, turning a beautiful creamy white colour. The stone from Beer has been used in Church construction as well as halls and castles. The stone has been found in Saxon and Norman churches, and buildings like Westminster Hall and Abbey, the Tower of London, Winchester Cathedral and Exeter Cathedral.


    Check in.

    Access obtained.


    Dump chute.

    Plant room.

    Just inside.

    A bit further in.

    Around the next corner.

    Some brick pillars.


    And a metal support.

    Around the middle, about as deep as it's possible to get.

    After a while I found myself in this open area.


    The quarry done, it's time for a quick look in the site office and back on safe ground. In tray.


    Pest control.



    And home.

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