NS4278 : Small-scale limestone quarrying

taken 8 years ago, 3 km from Bellsmyre, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

Small-scale limestone quarrying
Small-scale limestone quarrying
The area on the slope that lies above the enclosure of the ruin of Spouts (NS4278 : Enclosure around ruin of Spouts) is scarred with signs of former industry. Many small limestone outcrops, like the one in this image, show evidence of former quarrying activity. In addition, much larger outcrops are visible nearby.
Cornstone outcrops
John Mitchell's article "Old Cornstone Workings in Dunbartonshire and West Stirlingshire, with Notes on their Associated Flora" ("Glasgow Naturalist", Volume 22(5), 1995, pp485-494) explains that the period of cornstone workings in this area was primarily the eighteenth century, and that this industry tailed off rather sharply after about 1815. The deposits in this area are likely to have provided some of the material for nearby lime-kilns (the stone was burned to produce lime for agricultural use); it is therefore probable that those kilns also date from the eighteenth century.
Network of old limestone industry tracks :: NS4379
A very extensive network of ancient tracks on the moors in West Dunbartonshire links old quarries, ruined lime-kilns, and other sites connected with the local limestone-burning industry, which flourished in the 18th century. See LinkExternal link for a Geograph article about the network, and LinkExternal link for an annotated satellite view of it.
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Date Taken
Friday, 29 January, 2010   (more nearby)
Thursday, 4 February, 2010
Geographical Context
Quarrying, Mining  Derelict, Disused 
Near (from Tags)
The Spouts Burn 
Quarry   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4291 7831 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:58.3203N 4:31.1252W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4292 7831
View Direction
West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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Rock Outcrop  Limestone  Cornstone 

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