The initials W.E.H and the date 1699 carved into a
lintel stone, now part of a garden wall. It was
quarried from the nearby rock strata.
The initials of the quarrymen who worked by hand
to extract the stone are not recorded.
Nature has been reclaiming this scarred landscape
After finding the quarry and making a few
photographs and I like to think that the light in
this next one enters from the top left and exits
through the bottom right towards the rest of
Some weeks had past and one day whilst sitting in
the quarry having a break and eating an Apple, it
occurred to me that the quarrymen whom I
thought led short and brutal lives were actually
highly skilled. They worked to a sequence upon
which their lives depended.
The Yew trees in the next two images have been
left. They must have been no more than saplings
three hundred years ago and yet they quarried
Beliefs that go back thousands of years prevail.
Later I thought, occasionally when they
stopped to straighten rest and look outwards
the artist within would see something pleasing.
We are shadows in transit through time.
Plants grow, rock was quarried, it contains one
hundred million year old fossils, and was once
an equatorial seabed.
It will soon be covered, hidden by the
advancing vegetation as though it never was a
quarry, merely a dip in the landscape.