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|Description ||This curious arrangement of rocks is covered with markings on every surface. Can you believe I walked past and did not climb inside it! Arghh, I will have to return soon.|
|h fenton |
| This pile of stones will date from at the earliest the 17thCentury but more likely to the late 19thCentury or early 20thCentury. The stone has been quarried from the moor then basically worked/shaped and is stacked here waiting to be taken away. There was probably a small crane nearby to lift the stones. Not all stone comes from holes in the ground, often it was easier to collect stone from the surface. you may find stones with rectangular notches down their edges this is where wedges have been driven into the stones to help with splitting them.|
When quarries went out of business often good stone was just left behind.
| Only, anyone with any experience of loading a vehicle with heavy goods would see that such a complex interconnect of precariously balanced stones would be nearly impossible to hand ball from this structure. Dislodge the wedges holding the topstone and the whole thing will topple. This would lead to certain death by crushing for anyone on the structure. This would seem to be a most illogical form of quarrying, in any century. But I am sure you are right, thanks.|
|h fenton |
| I never suggested moving the stones by hand. It may be that some of the stones have been removed from the stack or pushed/fallen out resulting in the current precarious situation of the top stone. |
The stone is stacked in the order it is to be taken away in - the first stone to be taken is at the top of the stack - this is not like choosing rockery stones at your local garden centre.
Every day I move heavy materials by hand and by machine. The stones in the picture are not that difficult to move/manoeuver by a small team of people with the suitable skills and knowledge to safely do the work.
Colecting stone from the surface is often easier than breaking it from the ground.
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