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Report - Kingsdown Quarry/Swan Mine - Wiltshire - August 2016



silentwalker

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History
Kingsdown was a less important working, it was not viable to lay down trolley roads (tramways) and the stone was carried away by horse drawn wagons or carts, it was the last quarry to do this. Parts of the quarry were worked by up to three different quarrymasters at the same time, they all shared the main haul road in and out of the quarry.

From 1886 George Wilbraham Northey, Esq leased a part to Richard Joseph Marsh and Company Ltd, in December 1887 this was taken over by the Bath Stone Firms Ltd. Marsh then formed a new company named Marsh, Son and Gibbs Ltd, who worked another part of Kingsdown Quarry, and their business was bought by the Bath Stone Firms Ltd in 1909.

A Box quarryman named George Butt also worked part of Kingsdown Quarry, after his death the business continued under the style of George Butt and Sons until 1932. The last newcomer to dig stone in Kingsdown Quarry was A W Angell of Bathford from 1921 to 1926.

The Explore
This was our fist stop on our weekender in Wiltshire and what a great start as well. Some great little pieces down there including one of the original cranes as the far end of the mine. Visited with @Porker of the night
Shameful to say we lost our bearings once in there :coatbut it was all sh*ts and giggles. It also has a little visitors book to sign about 3/4's of the way down which is a nice touch.

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Cheers for having a ganders :thumb