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Monument record MDR7577 - Hilt's Quarry, School Lane, Crich

Type and Period (1)

  • (Georgian to Mid 20th Century - 1800 AD to 1933 AD)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Full Description

Hilt's Quarry - limestone was supplied to the Bullbridge lime kilns via the Butterley Gang Road from 1800 until 1933. (1) The Butterley Company's Hilts quarry opened in 1844/5 and closed in 1933 and from the 1970s became a landfill site. (2) In the early part of the Industrialisation period, quarrying was heavily based on the requirement for lime, which represented a continuation, albeit on a much grander scale, of 'pre-industrial activity. As such, Crich had locational advantages over the main White Peak outcrop to the north west, in being closer to industrial markets. The involvement of the Butterley Company from 1791, initially at Warner Quarry [SDR 18422] was followed by the building of the Butterley Gangroad in 1793 to carry stone down to kilns (of which very little remains) on the Cromford Canal at Bullbridge and the later opening of Hilts Quarry a little to the west (also rail-linked to the same kilns). (3)

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Bibliographic reference: Fowkes, D (ed.). 1993. Derbyshire Industrial Archaeology: A Gazeteer of Sites Part III: Borough of Amber Valley. site 030.
  • <2> Bibliographic reference: Tarmac Ltd. 2000. Tarmac Papers: The Archives and History Initiative of Tarmac Limited Volume IV. p 318.
  • <3> Unpublished document: Thomas, I (National Stone Centre). 2012. The Lower Derwent Valley: The Exploitation and Use of Historic Building Materials. p 25.



Grid reference SK 35259 54275 (point)

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Record last edited

Jan 29 2018 12:32PM

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