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Free Stone Quarries

Free Stone Quarries

Artist and engraver: Hassell, John

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1798

Shelfmark: Ktop XXXVII

Item number: 30-b

Length: 30

Width: 21.4-00-00 00:00:00

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Print

The 18th-century rebuilding of Bath was carried out using local honey-coloured Bath stone. This is a picture of one of the quarries used. Chunks of stone were difficult to transport overland so canals or rivers were used to where possible. Combe Down, outside of Bath, had been used as a stone quarry since Roman times. With the coming of the railways in the 19th century, however, new freestone quarry sites were made accessible.

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