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.
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