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Quarrying

Blasting, Dalbeattie Quarry (1)

Period:
20th Century
Description:

Granite is quite difficult to quarry and has to be blasted out.  The large boulders are then worked by hand.  This photograph shows vast clouds of smoke and dust after 10,000 tons of granite has been blasted off the cliff face, onto the quarry floor.

 

In Victorian times the granite from quarries such as Dalbeattie was of such high quality that it was in demand for both buildings and monuments.  It was used to build the Embankment of the River Thames in central London.  Galloway granite was also used for kerbstones and setts or cobble stones throughout Britain.  These granite setts were exported widely - as far afield as the Argentine and Russia. 

 

Place of Production:
Quarry, Dalbeattie, Urr, Kirkcudbrightshire
Materials/Media:
paper
Dimensions:
length 160mm, width 210mm
Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
PP/Mining&Quarrying/9
Digital Number:
DMPG015n
Creation Date:
14th April 1938
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council