Opened by Pickford, Holland and Co. of Sheffield during the First World War, the quarries worked Gannister which is a type of sandstone which has a very high silica content and is thus resistant to oxidation. It was used to line blast furnaces, mixed with clay to make the fire bricks, or crushed for use in pig-iron casting moulds.
After blasting from the quarry face the Gannister was loaded into wagons and taken by narrow gauge railway across the moors. From the quarry the track climed across Ralph Bog to the top of Stoupe Brow, about one and a half miles away, crossing the road near Beacon Howe and terminating at the top of a self acting incline.
The narrow gauge railway across the moors was dismantled in the 1930's and road transport was used until the quarries closure in 1965.
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