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Report - Ridge, Monks and Topside, Wiltshire Jan 2010

Discussion in 'Mines and Quarries' started by mr_bones, Feb 8, 2010.

  1. mr_bones

    mr_bones 28DL Full Member
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    It was a cold icy day, but the sun was beaming down and after a sketchy journey into Wiltshire I met up with the rest of the gang.

    We wasted no time and kitted up. Our first target was Ridge Quarry which was very welcoming due to the entrance blasting warm air out to the surface.

    We all wandered down, set up cameras and were gradually led around by Tommo who knows the site very well.

    As well as being a limestone quarry, Ridge was used as an ammo storage facility during WW2 and many remnants of wartime signage, graffiti and artwork remained. The constant humidity preserving even the lightest pencil marks.

    Visited with Tommo, Klempner69, Jaff Fox, Trailblazer, Petzl, Diehardlove, Kemps, Reef and a few others that I didn't catch the name of!


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    Our guide announced that Monks Park quarry was joined to ridge and in order to get in there we had to disappear under a huge slab of concrete. The gap was 'amusing'

    The other side of the slab was much different to what we'd already seen. It opened up into a very large area, and much more remnants of the mines former use were left behind. Cranes, forklifts, carriages and very fresh looking slabs of limestone were all sat in here almost as if it was ready to start up again.

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  2. mr_bones

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    Once we had trecked round a large section of monks, we headed for the surface and took a look at some of the topside quarry buildings and machinery, almost an explore in its own right.

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    Good day had by all, and proceeded to a pub afterwards!

    Mr. B:thumb
     
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