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Author Middleton Limestone Quarry
John Lawson

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Middleton Limestone Quarry
Posted: 31/07/2018 19:44:46
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This underground mine was commenced by a Company called Derbyshire Stone, after they had finished their underground work at the Riber Mine, the miners more or less transferring across to the new Mine.
Their rationale for opening the Mine was there was a demand for very pure limestone which could only be accessed by underground quarrying.
I was wondering then, did this band run out?
Or was it more likely that the company could not compete with cheap imports?
No doubt somebody will know, but not me!
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Middleton Limestone Quarry
Posted: 31/07/2018 21:41:43
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The mine worked the Bee Low limestones, and hadn't as far as I was aware run out of reserves when it shut down in 2005. I think it was the cost of underground extraction that was proving too much, as compared to some of the deeper quarries around Buxton now working the same beds. I think there were issues with imports too, the main customer AFAIK was the sugar beet industry which uses high-purity limestone for refining.

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Middleton Limestone Quarry
Posted: 31/07/2018 22:21:22
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When I was in the ACF in 1971 we camped near Middleton and then practised firing rifle propelled grenades at scrap cars in the quarry. I went to look at the impressive mine entrance and was strolling inside when a chap appeared and told me to clear off


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