Extensive gritstone quarries of at least 19th century date on Cown Edge. Various, probably modern, inscriptions and carvings on the rocks, including a potential Calvary figure. (1-3)
Cown Edge Quarry was included in a report of a study into the potential to re-establish the roofing slate industry of the region. The scarp strikes south-west to north-east and has been quarried parallel to the strike in a series of three quarries. The largest northerly quarry is excavated about 100m and is about 50m wide. Some slates and flaggs at the top, massive below. Slates/ flags about 4m thick, massive about 6m thick. No water or power. The geology is Rough Rock, of a buff colour. Chapel en le Frith Memoir p 243 - An old quarry west of Sitch shows 40ft of coarse sandstone, massive in the lower part but more thinley bedded above. (4)
Quarries are shown near Coombes Rocks on the 1st edition 25" Ordnance Survey map of c. 1880. (5)
Modern maps show the quarries as disused. (6)
Unpublished document: Smith, K. PDNPA. 1997. Pers Comm 1997. 1997.
Photograph: Peak District National Park Authority (PDNPA). Slide Collection. 3659.1-8.
Photograph: Peak District National Park Authority (PDNPA). Black and white photograph collection. 415.2-10, 463.31-37.
Bibliographic reference: Hughes, T (PDNPA). 1996. The Grey Slates of the South Pennines, Volume Two: The Quarries and the Slates. p 31, Quarry Number Q6.
Map: Ordnance Survey (OS). 1882. OS County Series, 1st edition, scale 1:2500 (c. 25" to one mile).
Map: Ordnance Survey (OS). Current Mastermap and 1:10000 series. 27/02/2013.
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Centred SK 02056 91817 (109m by 194m)
CHARLESWORTH, HIGH PEAK, DERBYSHIRE
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