When news happens, text KENEWS and your photos and videos to 80360. Or contact us by email or phone.
BOOK REVIEW: The Quarries of Lakeland
THE QUARRIES OF LAKELAND by David Glover, £15
THIS is an extremely well researched and historically important addition to the Lake District’s topographical canon.
Quarrying has rivalled sheep farming in shaping key landscape features yet, once abandoned and overgrown, the scars often appear now to be part of the natural geology.
In this book, David Glover gives a valuable insight into the history of quarrying, explaining why most of the Lakeland sites were exploited for slate rather than stone.
Although Romans used the slate for roofing, it wasn’t until the 18th Century that the industry became seriously established.
This was a time when large stately homes were being built on the wealth of Empire.
Some of the best slate quarried in the Lake District was transported as far afield as London while the lower quality slate was used more locally.
Comments are closed on this article.