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Millstone Vista

By Trevhas
Start of my Millstone series.
Thanks Colleen, i've been wondering about the history of the Millstones myself having just re-discovered the area over the last couple of weeks or so, i used to play around here as a kid and just took the Millstones for granted. In this small area alone there must be upwards of 100 Millstones scattered around in various forms, some with square holes, some round, some without holes, large and small. They were used in the industrial revolution, sharpening knives, grinding corn, etc but i would like to know in detail how they were cut from the rock ? with what? how were they shaped ?. Millstones have been produced in the Millstone quarry near Padley Gorge since the 18th century and transported across the moors by horse and cart to the industrial area of Sheffield, i can only presume that some fell off on route and Stanage was a bit of a black spot for broken carts ( just guessing). It's totally fascinating stuff and it's only when you're up close that you appreciate the workmanship and hardship they had to endure without the use of modern machinery to produce these amazingly heavy, weighing a ton Millstones.

Tags: Stanage edge Landscape and travel

Voters: johnlw, ColleenA, jeanie and 13 more


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ColleenA Plus
3 315 3 Australia
28 Apr 2013 1:26PM
A great landscape, would love to know the history behind that millstoneGrinGrinGrin

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NDODS Plus
5 4.8k 125 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2013 6:28PM
A wonderfully interesting and informative foreword which you clearly have done some homework on before compiling. The supporting image is almost a classic amongst photographers, An image which I have witnessed in many guises from startling sunsets to wintery blizzards. However that does not in anyway or form from detract the quality of this superb image. The millstone immediately becomes the primary focal point, however through your well chosen point of you and choice of aperture you have ensured that the rest of the scene enjoys the same attention, in particular the wonderful dramatic and imposing sky.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
almiles Plus
6 38 102 United Kingdom
29 Apr 2013 6:42AM
Stunning directional light, especially the patch on the distant hillside. It really models the stones and millstone very effectively Smile
29 Apr 2013 12:19PM
Great light, great angle, great narrative Steve

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