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Report - Blackaller Quarry, Devon, May 2013



snuffletrout

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Right guys, this is my first post so I hope you'll enjoy this quaint little quarry near me.

A little history and general info: This site consists of 2 pits, one of which (the larger one) was mined for limestone, and the other was the site of brief mining of a copper and tin lode. From the overgrown state of the small pit, I would assume it was mined very briefly and long ago, whereas the limestone pit was mined extensively until around 30-40 years ago. Much of the equipment (air compressors, diggers etc) remains on site, and I believe the quarry has a status as a "listed minerals consultation area". I have reason to believe that limestone kilns were used on the site, as well as a lot of other related machinery, although I'm hardly an expert on such equipment.

This site isn't much in terms of buildings, but I hope you'll enjoy what I have to offer.

A view of the main yard, and in the distance you can see a large spoil heap ridge and the trees that line the edge of the largest pit.
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I have no idea what this is.
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I'm no miner, but I guess this building is where the workers would've sorted and perhaps crushed the limestone.
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This contraption leads down from a cylindrical machine.
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Back on the top level now, looking towards the cylindrical machine.
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I assume that this machine sorted rocks into sizes, allowing small rocks through the holes.
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This is the first arch, the second one was practically full of spoil and rubble from the side of the quarry face.
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I followed a very rough path up to the edge of the largest pit, here's a photo of the main yard where I started off to give you an impression of the height of the quarry ridge.
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There we have it guys, I hope you enjoyed my first effort at a report. I know it isn't the most expansive of places, but I hope you can enjoy the photos.
 

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