SX7771 : Linhay Hill Limestone Quarry - Ashburton

taken 6 years ago, near to Caton, Devon, Great Britain

Linhay Hill Limestone Quarry - Ashburton
Linhay Hill Limestone Quarry - Ashburton
On the south east edge of the quarry, just behind the hedge on the left of the photo, runs the very busy A38 Trunkroad. Most travelling along the road are unlikely to realise they are so close to this very large limestone quarry.

This panoramic view is intended to show the full extent of the quarry on its eastern end. The width of the quarry shown in this view is around 400m (0.25 mile) across and is some 42m deep (145 feet).
SX7671 : Linhay Hill Limestone Quarry - Ashburton

Many years ago the rock quarried from here was used by monumental masons as it could be worked to give a highly polished surface and was known as ‘Ashburton Marble’. Examples of such marble can be seen occasionally in churches and other buildings throughout Devon. Various local museums have examples too. For example, Dartmouth Museum has a fireplace on display with a marble surround which is believed to be of 'Ashburton Marble'. SX8751 : The Dartmouth Museum Torquay Museum has a sample of Ashburton Marble held in store. SX9263 : Torquay Museum
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Date Taken
Saturday, 11 June, 2011   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 11 June, 2011
Category
Quarry   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SX 7708 7129 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:31.7063N 3:44.1356W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SX 7737 7161
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Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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