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P number: P204983
Old photograph number: A05049
Caption: Mansfield White Quarry, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. Looking south.
Description: The pale yellow, sandy dolomitic limestones (or magnesian limestones) from the Mansfield area have been used extensively for local building and occasionally exported to London where it was used in the Palace of Westminster (the new Houses of Parliament) buildings. The Cadeby Formation (Lower Magnesian Limestone) succession in the quarry was used extensively as a freestone. Consequently, the blocks of stone are broken from the bedrock using the traditional plug and feathers method shown in the image. A series of iron wedges (plugs) are driven between two thin metal plates (feather's) which forces the stone to fracture along the line of wedges. The sandy dolomitic limestones of the Mansfield area formed the basis of an important stone quarrying industry from Medieval times until 2003 when the last building stone quarry closed. The most important building in the local area constructed of Mansfield White dolomitic limestone is Southwell Minster.
Date taken: 01/08/1930
Photographer: Rhodes, J.
Copyright statement: Crown
X longitude/easting: 451500
Y latitude/northing: 360500
Coordinate reference system, ESPG code: 27700 (OSGB 1936 / British National Grid)
Orientation: Landscape
Size: 441.59 KB; 1001 x 717 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, sandstone, Geoscience subjects/ Economic geology/ Quarries  


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