Visited with @Bertie Bollockbrains and @Oort
First of all, it’s great to see Oort out and about again after his injury. This being his first mooch for a few months, he must’ve been scratching at the door to get out by the time I arrived on his doorstep.
After trying to arrange an explore for a few months, I was on my way to Gloucestershire. Prior to the weekend, we agreed on Lower Balls Green to be our first explore. Within an hour of arriving, Bertie, Oort and myself were in a car, on our way.
I’ve pinched the history off Bertie Bollocksbrain’s report.
Not much online. The early history of these quarries is vague. Presumably quarrying of the fine oolite stone has been carried on at the outcrop since Roman times. Due to the steep hillsides, the overburden soon became too great and thus they went underground. There are a number of small scale developments. According to a 90 year old inhabitant of Nailsworth, a Mr William Mortimer who died in 1970, such places were worked in the winter months by cottagers employed in casual agricultural work during the summer. Graffitti dating 1900-1947
Cheers for Looking