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Report - Wharram Chalk Mill (North Yorkshire) Jan. 2013

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by ian-curtis, Jan 12, 2013.

  1. ian-curtis

    ian-curtis 28DL Member
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    Not much if any major history i can find but heres something:


    Wharram Chalk Quarry is located close to Wharram le Street in North Yorkshire and is close to Wharram Percy mediaeval deserted village.

    It is said that the quarry was operated by Casebourne & Co. in 1916, who had cement factories in Leeds and at Durham. The quarry was closed in the 1930's but reopened shortly after at a reduced capacity. It is unclear for the reasons why but it soon closed again for good in the 1940's.

    Chalk was quarried here and crushed ready for use in cement, it was also used in making lime, with lime kilns on site and as a flux in the iron and steel works in Teeside. The operation of the quarry can be seen in the short film called, The Chalk Getters - A Wharram Study.

    The quarry is now owned by the Birdsall Estate Company who has leased the land as a nature reserve in 1966.

    Took me and BruceWayne about half an hour to reach this place from york ( after getting lost and missing the turnings ) this is only our 2nd "explore" and my first report so please be kind ;-)

    So it begins​
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    External shots: ( this part seemed to be newer built than the red brick areas you will see )​

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    Moving onto the inside. Very muddy, alot of broken windows and very over grown!! ​

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    Not To sure on what this was :-/

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    Red Bricked extension area:

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    Only a Few meters from the main mill was this section, not sure on what this area was but not a huge amount left, starting to break away badly:

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    And the Old Quarry where the Chalk was mined now a nature reserve:

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    Quick Edit:

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    Near by was the wharram percy medevil village and church which we payed a vist to. Apprantly abandoned for no reason and one of only a few places where the black death didnt reach:

    Old Farm house ( no longer used since 1990 )
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    Medevil Church as it finally stood in the 1700's
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    Grave Stones
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  2. Hazzer

    Hazzer 28DL Member
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    The "Wharram" sign was removed from the local station at the start of World War II, so that if Hitler invaded, he wouldn't know where he was. Archaeologists working on Wharram Percy discovered it on a local pig sty and mounted it on their HQ.
     
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