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Visit to Meldon Quarry, Okehampton (IA Section)

Mon. 22 July 2024 at 10:30 am

£3 – £5

A visit to Meldon Quarry, Okehampton to be led by Peter Daniel.

This expedition will visit sites illustrating the history of quarrying, railway building, lime burning and a glass works in the Meldon area. The role of lime and imported sea sand in attempts to improve soil in local agriculture will be described. Water power using leats and water wheels to support these industries will be illustrated by the area’s archaeological remains.

Peter Daniel is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Chartered Wastes Manager. He has been active in Industrial Archaeology for nearly 50 years and has recently published A guide to Industrial Archaeology of Somerset (2019) and Rode in the Industrial Age (2021). He has been a member of Somerset Industrial Archaeology Society for many years and is currently its honorary president and field officer.


Morning: Meet at Meldon car park at grid reference SX 567921 at 10.30. Footpath to viaduct, view Meldon Quarry and viaduct, over viaduct along railway to Meldon Junction, back along road then over Meldon Dam and back to car park via Aplite quarry. Explanations of geology, viaduct, railway history, Meldon Dam, mines, and Aplite Quarry. Toilet stop at Reservoir car park. Distance under 2 miles.

Lunch: Either bring a packed lunch to the car park, or visit Betty Cottles Inn at EX20 4LR, (01837 484825, www.bettycottlesinn.co.uk)

Afternoon: Wheel pits, water supply to wheels, limestone quarry and kilns, Aplite quarry and buildings and site of glassworks in the area of the car park. Explanations of the transport and use of lime and sea sand as soil conditioners in the region. Distance about half a mile or so. Possible additional walk to Red-a-Ven copper mine a quarter mile up the valley.

For directions and/or further information, please consult the Organiser (details below).

Cost: £3 for DA members, £5 for non-members. Places are limited to 25 so booking is essential.


Mon. 22 July 2024
10:30 am
£3 – £5
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Industrial Archaeology Section (Iain Miles)
Industrial Archaeology Section