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Mining & Quarrying

Quarrying

Corncockle Quarry, near Lockerbie

Period:
20th Century
Description:

This photograph is a view of the shear face of Corncockle Quarry at Lockerbie.  A steam crane is visible at the top of the cliff, while a wooden bridge spans the flooded bottom 100 or so feet.

 

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:
Corncockle Quarry, Lochmaben, Dumfriesshire
Materials/Media:
paper
Dimensions:
length 107mm, width 153mm
Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
PP/Mining&Quarrying/16
Digital Number:
DMPG022n
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council