The Granite Quarrying Industry in Devon and Cornwall
Part One 1800-1910
Author: Stanier, Peter
Source: Industrial Archaeology Review, Volume 7, Number 2, Spring 1985 , pp. 171-189(19)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Abstract:Dominated by metal mining in both counties, this much overlooked industry played an important role in its inclusion in major civil engineering and building works of Victorian Britain. In the former, it excelled over the better known Aberdeen granite industry. Although surface stones had been used locally since prehistoric times, it was not until the nineteenth century that quarrying and an 'export' trade developed.
Penryn became the main centre, where many quarries were opened close to this port, while good transport was essential for successful developments further inland. This article aims to summarise this poorly documented industry, during its most active period, down to the depression of 1905-10, when there was almost total collapse in the face of Scandinavian competition.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 1985-03-01