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Monument record MDR13839 - Nether Tor Quarry, Grindsbrook Clough, Kinderscout, Edale

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Full Description

Nether Tor Quarry was included in a study into the potential to re-establish the roofing slate industry of the South Pennine region. Probably Derbyshire's highest quarry. Edale has no obvious source of sandstone despite the fact that most of the buildings date from the 16th or 17th century. A careful search of the general area found a natural crag opened up as a medium sized quarry. The site was, according to locals, the main source of stone for Edale Village - used in the church. Base of the Kinderscout Grit with some detached thin lower leaves also present. Major landslip immediately south of the crag may have resulted from quarrying or may be natural. (1) Nether Tor is an extensive gritstone cliff which overlooks Grindsbrook and Edale. The crag forms part of the southern scarp slope of Kinder Scout. Sedimentary structures are well displayed. Differential weathering has formed 'eyes' and 'mushrooms' and these features are most noticeable on the west side of the cliff. (2) Nether Tor is shown situated above Grindsbrook Clough on the 1st edition 25" Ordnance Survey map of c. 1880, there is no mention of a quarry. (3)

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Bibliographic reference: Hughes, T (PDNPA). 1996. The Grey Slates of the South Pennines, Volume Two: The Quarries and the Slates. p 173, Quarry Number Q163.
  • <2> Unpublished document: C. J. King. 1993. Geology Locality Record, RIGS Proposal Nether Tor.
  • <3> Map: Ordnance Survey (OS). 1882. OS County Series, 1st edition, scale 1:2500 (c. 25" to one mile).



Grid reference Centred SK 1223 8758 (412m by 141m)

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Record last edited

Jun 18 2013 9:45AM

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