NS4670 : Path through the old Rashielee Quarries

taken 2 years ago, near to Erskine, Renfrewshire, Great Britain

Path through the old Rashielee Quarries
Path through the old Rashielee Quarries
A straight path (whose western part is shown entering at the bottom right of the picture) here runs parallel to the line of the former Rashielee Quarries; some of the rock faces of those quarries can be seen ahead.

(For a view in the opposite direction from about the same place, showing another rock face, see NS4670 : Path through the old Rashielee Quarries. See also NS4670 : Path to Craigend Hill, a continuation of that path.)

They were described in the OS Name Books of 185657 as "an extensive whinstone quarry, the property of John Henderson Esq."; the 1895 revision of the map labels them "disused".

John F Riddell, in his 1979 book "Clyde Navigation", mentions that the stone from the Rashielee workings was derived from the lava flows that make up the Renfrewshire Hills, and that it was used for, amongst other things, an extension made to NS4273 : The Lang Dyke "during the first decade of the nineteenth century", and to provide the facing of other training walls in the River Clyde, to protect the banks from erosion.

In fact, as he says, the stone "was used throughout the river"; he also notes that "a quay was constructed at Rashielie so that the stone could be loaded into barges more easily", and that a length of wagonway connected the quay with the quarry. See also NS4770 : The former site of Rashielee Quay.

The wagonway itself can be seen on the first-edition map, surveyed in 1857.

When the map was revised in 1895, the quarries were disused, and the track connecting them to the quay no longer existed, but map evidence of features related to that track lingered: specifically, the 1895 map shows some isolated cuttings; they were made during the formation of that track.

Without knowledge of the former existence of the wagonway, the appearance of those cuttings on the map would be puzzling.
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Date Taken
Monday, 27 March, 2017   (more nearby)
Monday, 8 May, 2017
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Paths  Quarrying, Mining  Derelict, Disused 
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4646 7060 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:54.2367N 4:27.4524W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4649 7061
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West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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