Coalburn Quarry was included in a report of a study into the potential to re-establish the roofing slate industry of the region. Coalburn is the modern spelling - referred to by Farey as Coburn and also in other references it is known as Colburn. Not in the main Farey list but referred to in the text as producing 'a strong sort of eaves slates for thatched buildings near a yard high are sold at 1/- per yard run' and 'produces ridging stones as a substitute for ridge tiles hewn out like an angular trough which usually spans 11" sold at 20d per yard run'. Medium large but compact quarry. Faces around 10-15m. Tripod crane (rotten wood/iron) erected in the late 19th century and a small hut with a tiled roof which has recently collapsed. Last worked in the 1940's. Situated Near the base of the Wingfield Flags. Massive, blocky and thick flags. Warm rich orange/ buff colour. Top is rather flaggy. (1)
Coalburn Quarry, with a crane, is shown on the 1st edition 25" Ordnance Survey map c. 1880. (2)
Modern maps shown the quarry is now disused. (3)
Bibliographic reference: Hughes, T (PDNPA). 1996. The Grey Slates of the South Pennines, Volume Two: The Quarries and the Slates. p 51, Quarry Number Q25.
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. 28/02/2013.
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Centred SK 3741 5393 (84m by 82m)
SOUTH WINGFIELD, AMBER VALLEY, DERBYSHIRE
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