Granite block spoil heap

Granite Quarry Heritage Trail

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eĀ are so proud of our industrial heritage past which has had a huge impact of the landscape surrounding us at The Waymarker. The scars of the granite quarrying are visible as large rubble spoil piles and the deep quarry faces but has also impacted on the social history of Constantine village. This industry, in conjunction with the copper mining at multiple sites around the village, would have seen the workmen and their families settling nearby to expand Constantine’s resident population. Ore extraction has been an import feature of this area as on neighbouring land is one of the oldest tin processing sites has been recorded by Cornwall Archaeology Unit from late medieval period

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ranite quarrying from this site was at its zenith between 1830-1860 with the owner “Freeman and Sons” providing many war memorial stones for villages commemorating participants in the Great War. Since the demise of extracting this once important construction commodity, the majority of the area has now been reclaimed by nature but retains enough reminders of the scale of the labour-intensive work that took place over a century ago. Enjoy our heritage trail that follows in the footsteps of the Granite Quarrymen to experience both nature and local history. Below we show a video of the route with an audio commentary from a local quarrymans son and Quarry owners daughter. We have copies of the route to pick up at The Waymarker before you depart.

Quarry trail


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