Bath Mines Field Trip

Technical event
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Face-to-face
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12 June 2024, 12:30
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Stoke Hill Mine, Limpley Stoke, BA2 7GP

Description

A fascinating field trip has been arranged to visit the Stoke Hill Mine, Limpley Stoke, where there has been quarrying dating back to the mid-fifteenth century. Come and find out why Stoke Ground Bath stone is one of the most luxurious, hardest wearing and most consistently beautiful Bath stone. Mining at Stoke Hill is likely to have started in the early 19th century and was then mothballed at the start of WW11 and remained closed until it was acquired by the Bath Stone Company in 1982 after an increased interest in building heritage and conservation. It was officially then reopened in 1983. This underground trip is combined with a visit to the very informative Bath Stone Museum, Combe Down, after which there are refreshments (tea/cake). These 2 locations are about 15 minutes apart and will involve a short drive between and is planned to complete between 12.30 - 16.30 on Wednesday 12th June. Places will be limited and early booking is advised to avoid disappointment for what is likely to be a very popular visit. The trip into the mine consists of 75 steps down the slope in and a one mile walk to the faces. Helmets with lamps and ear defenders (all hygienically cleaned for each visit) will be provided. Gloves are available but not essential. No glasses are required. Attendees will need hi viz jackets and stc boots. Underground temperature is 14/15 degrees in summer. There will be a small charge of £5 per person as the museum is a charity. Please register if you are interested and would like to attend.

Venue

Stoke Hill Mine, Limpley Stoke, BA2 7GP

Confirm your attendance for this event

Registrations for this event are now closed, please contact the office on 0115 972 9995 or mail@quarrying.org to enquire about any cancellations or spaces on the waiting list.