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HER Number:MDV8306
Name:Blackingstone Quarry, Bridford


Granite quarry operated by Easton & Son in 1858, mid-19th century documentation states that stone extracted was used for paving in Exeter. Although still in commercial production in 1968, Harris records it as being out of use by 1986.


Grid Reference:SX 783 857
Map Sheet:SX78NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishBridford
Ecclesiastical ParishBRIDFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX78NE/24

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • GRANITE QUARRY (XVIII to XIX - 1800 AD to 1850 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 13/04/1947, RAF/CPE/UK/1995, 1343 (Aerial Photograph). SDV224714.

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

'Blackingstone Quarry' is depicted on the late 19th century historic map.

Harris, H., 1968, Industrial Archaeology of Dartmoor, 77 (Monograph). SDV149229.

Many of the stone quarries on Dartmoor have closed since the 19th century and today, only those at Merrivale and Blackingstone (Bridford) are still in commercial production.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Interpretation). SDV319854.

Visible on 1940s aerial photograph and recorded on map overlay.

Harris, H., 1986, Industrial Archaeology of Dartmoor (Revised Edition), 85 (Monograph). SDV295019.

On the eastern side of the moor, Blackingstone Quarry was a large area of granite working that is no longer in commercial production.

Bowman, A., 1993, List of Quarries (Un-published). SDV336564.

Blackenstone Quarry. Granite. Operated by Easton & Son in 1858. Producing 1000 ?tons; Easton & Son Ltd. in 1937 employing 12. Hunts mineral statistics for 1858 state 'used for paving in Exeter, sold for 6d per foot'.

Bowman, A. C., 1998, British Quarrying History (Monograph). SDV71598.

Ordnance Survey, 2017, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV359962.

'Blackingstone Quarry (disused)' depicted on the modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV149229Monograph: Harris, H.. 1968. Industrial Archaeology of Dartmoor. Industrial Archaeology of Dartmoor. A5 Hardback. 77.
SDV224714Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 13/04/1947. RAF/CPE/UK/1995. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 1343.
SDV295019Monograph: Harris, H.. 1986. Industrial Archaeology of Dartmoor (Revised Edition). Industrial Archaeology of Dartmoor. Hardback Volume. 85.
SDV319854Interpretation: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV336564Un-published: Bowman, A.. 1993. List of Quarries. Unknown.
SDV359962Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2017. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #108348 ]
SDV71598Monograph: Bowman, A. C.. 1998. British Quarrying History. British Quarrying History. Unknown.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jan 2 2018 2:23PM