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P number: P204905
Old photograph number: A04959
Caption: Seacombe Quarry, Worth Matravers, Dorset. Looking north.
Description: The coastal quarries at Seacombe Cliff in the Isle of Purbeck was an important producer of Portland limestone for building purposes. The characteristic white, oolitic limestones from these quarries shipped their limestone blocks by sea to London and elsewhere in the United Kingdom. At Seacombe the limestone was mainly obtained by tunnelling into the cliffs. In its early days the stone was then lowered from the working area by ropes onto small boats which waited in the deep water at the foot of the cliffs. Later, primative derricks were used to lift and lower the stone onto waiting barges. There remains a very extensive series of mine galleries along the cliff edge at Seacombe, testifying to the former importance of the stone quarrying industry in the location.
Date taken: 01/04/1930
Photographer: Rhodes, J.
Copyright statement: Crown
X longitude/easting: 397500
Y latitude/northing: 77500
Coordinate reference system, ESPG code: 27700 (OSGB 1936 / British National Grid)
Orientation: Landscape
Size: 349.79 KB; 1001 x 720 pixels; 85 x 61 mm (print at 300 DPI); 265 x 190 mm (screen at 96 DPI);
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Categories: Unsorted Images, Geoscience subjects/ Economic geology/ Building stones, Geoscience subjects/ Economic geology/ Building stones, limestone  


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