Structure / Site Summary for 249295

Force Gill Shale Quarry

During the construction of the Settle-Carlisle Railway, shale was extracted from the exposed rock faces on either side of - and below - the lower waterfall at Force Gill, significantly widening the otherwise narrow, naturally 'V'-shaped valley at this point. As there was (is) no naturally occurring sand or gravel in this area, the shale was ground-up then either mixed with clay to make bricks or mixed with ground-up gritstone and burnt lime to make mortar / concrete. These essential building materials were then used to construct the bridges (including Ribblehead Viaduct) and other key structures along the Ribblehead - Blea Moor  section of the line.

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Key details from the SCRCA Structure Record

Brief description: Force Gill Shale Quarry

Assessment status: Assessed

Location 1 - Rail-miles: 249

Location 3 - Position relative to main running lines (tracks): Remote

Is a structure of this type shown at this location on the MR 1911 landplan?: No

Construction / installation period: MR-C

Current Use: Disused

Visibility: Visible

Accessibility (ease of access): Moderate


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