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Report - Box Freestone Quarry ,Oct 2011



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Box Freestone Quarry is the largest of the bathstone quarries its name is a combination of its location beneath Box hill and the type of stone it produced. a free stone is one which can be worked with a chisel to produce architectural moldings and tracery. The fine lime stone produced in the Bath area is prime example of a freestone. Quarrying on Box hill dates back to medieval times when the stone was extracted from pits in the hillside where the stone reached the surface. Later quarrying would take place around vertical shafts.

The quarry can be roughly divided into three sections. The northern district based around cliftworks passage still holds the most evidence of the working quarry. The central section contains the beautiful bell shaped chamber known as "Cathedral" as well as an area known as "robots" where bricks have been used to create an number of small characters. The western edge of the central district borders the MOD quarries, The Central district also contains the best examples of original quarryman's graffiti. Southern district has been abandoned so it is the most barren are of the quarry although it does still contain one intact crane.

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