SK8525 : Sproxton: paddocks where ironstone was once quarried

taken 8 years ago, near to Sproxton, Leicestershire, Great Britain

Sproxton: paddocks where ironstone was once quarried
Sproxton: paddocks where ironstone was once quarried
The paddocks and gallops of Derek Shaw's yard at Sproxton occupy land which was from 1921-61 Sproxton No 1 ironstone quarry. The yard's postal address is "The Sidings", Saltby Road - to most people, I imagine, a mystifying name as there is now no evidence of the quarry or the railway which served it.
The Great Northern Railway extended the High Dyke Branch from Skillington Junction to Sproxton c. 1920. The terminus, sidings and quarry company engine shed were behind the line of trees on the left, and the steam-worked quarry railway (originally, for just a few years, horse-worked) came down a steep curve to the Saltby road, where I stood to take this picture. No 1 quarry and its railway eventually extended as far south as the Skillington road. Lorries replaced the quarry railway at Sproxton in 1963, but the ore - from outlying quarries developed in the 1960s - was shipped out along the High Dyke Branch for another ten years. The last train of ore from Sproxton to High Dyke was on 3 April 1973.
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Thursday, 17 June, 2010   (more nearby)
Monday, 21 June, 2010
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 856 253 [100m precision]
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