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Quarrying

Boulder Clay above the Trias at Corsehill Quarry

Period:
20th Century
Description:

Portrait taken from "A Photographic Record of a Holiday in Dumfriesshire & Kirkcudbrightshire (with one or two views outside) August 1937".  This photograph album was compiled by H D Hewitt, 9th January 1938.  The man pictured belongs to a learned society, probably a geology group - who spent their time on field excursions to local places of geological significance.

 

The Permian and Triassic sandstones of the Dumfries area, particularly those from the quarries at Locharbriggs, were widely used as building stones. At the peak of the sandstone quarrying industry in the late 1800s almost 200,000 tons of sandstone were being quarried each year. Although this stone was used locally, large amounts were sent out of the area. Many of the late Victorian buildings of Glasgow and Edinburgh were built in Dumfries sandstone, as were the 'brownstones' of New York.

Place of Production:
Corsehill Quarry, Annan, Dumfriesshire
Materials/Media:
paper
Dimensions:
height 66mm, width 110mm
Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
DUMFM:1982.50.78
Digital Number:
DMPG035n
Creation Date:
3rd August 1937
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council