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Monument record MDR1320 - Arrock black marble quarry, Ashford-in-the-Water

Type and Period (1)

  • (Georgian to Edwardian - 1748 AD to 1905 AD)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Full Description

Quarry, with mines at the base. It produced black marble which was finished for ornamental purposes at the adjacent mill (SMR 465), which worked between 1748-1905. (1, 2). The Arrock Quarry is close to the junction of the Sheldon Road and the A6 main road. From here the thin dark fine-grained limestone beds were quarried and taken across the road to the marble mill where they were sawn, ground and polished to a fine black surface. (3) Derbyshire (along with south Devon), for about 200 years, was the focal point for the extraction and processing of decorative stone. It sourced 'marble' from a number of sites, including Ashford (black and rosewood marble). The Victorian industry serviced retail outlets in Matlock Bath, Bakewell and Buxton together with works in Derby and Ashford in the Water. (5)

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Bibliographic reference: Harris, H. 1971. Industrial Archaeology of the Peak District.
  • <2> Bibliographic reference: Hill, R (PPJPB). 1985. Peak Park Treasures. Willies, L; 1973; C14.
  • <3> Bibliographic reference: Ford, T & Rieuwerts, J. 1975. Lead Mining in the Peak District, 2nd edition. p 68.
  • <4> Index: NDAT. 0083. 0083.
  • <5> Unpublished document: Thomas, I (National Stone Centre). 2012. The Lower Derwent Valley: The Exploitation and Use of Historic Building Materials. p 28.



Grid reference Centred SK 190 693 (57m by 57m) (Approximate)

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Record last edited

Jun 25 2015 6:07PM

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