The database behind this mapping began life as a paper index of sites in the Northern Cavern & Mine Research Society Records in the early 1960s. It was digitised, in dBASE III format, in the late 1980s and is now held in Access and contains a wide range of information. The Northern Mine Research Society is pleased to make this valuable tool freely available to anyone interested in mining history.
Please note that sites are recorded as point data, but it must be remembered that some occupied larger areas.
Mike Gill – NMRS Recorder
We also have other maps covering mining and these can be found here
No project like this can be completed without help from a wide range of individuals, and over fifty years many people have contributed data, much of it from NMRS publications.
Especial thanks are due to: Theodore Faull, Head of GIS at Terrafirma Mine Searches Ltd., for converting files for use with Google Maps.
This part of the database is, by far, the least well developed and represents an area ignored by many mining historians. Nevertheless, the following is a sample of available works:
- Blacker, J.G. 1995 “The Stone Industry of Nidderdale – Part 1, Pateley Bridge” British Mining No.55, pp.47-80
- Blacker, J.G. 1996 “The Stone Industry of Nidderdale – Part 2, Stone Uses” British Mining No.57, pp.5-33
- Johnson, D.S. 2006 “Foredale Quarry, Helwith Bridge, a historical and archæological survey” British Mining No.80, pp.111-134
- Johnson, D.S. 2008 “Excavations of a seventeenth-century lime kiln at Kilnsey, North Yorkshire”, British Mining No.86, pp.31-46
- Keating, J. 1982 “Merstham Firestone Mines”, British Mining No.19, pp.58-90
- Johnson, D. 2002 Limestone Industries of the Yorkshire Dales (Stroud: Tempus)
- Stanier, P. 1995 Quarries of England and Wales: A Historic Photographic Record (Twelveheads Press)
- Stanier, P. 2000 Stone Quarry Landscapes: The Archaeology of Quarrying in England (Stroud: Tempus)
- Stanier, P. 2009 Quarries and Quarrying (Osprey Publishing)
The following organisations also study quarries:
Zoom the map in to find the quarry that you want and point and click on the marker circle to view the data for that mine.
Please note that the data contained here is not an exhaustive list, if you know of any quarries not listed here please get in touch with our Recorder and we will look at adding these to the next file update.
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