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The Blackdown Hills and the Whetstone Industry (Geology Section)
Sat. 26 September 2020 at 11:00 am
To be held by Zoom video conferencing
A talk by Professor John Mather.
Whetstones, used for sharpening tools, were mined in the Blackdown Hills from the 17th to the 19th century, from Uffculme in the north to Hembury in the south. The Blackdown Hills was the source of a very high-quality, durable whetstone, called the Devonshire Batt. In the days before farm mechanisation, vast numbers of these stones were used by scythe-men who typically would need to sharpen their scythes four times per hour.
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