Free Stone Quarries
Artist and engraver: Hassell, John
Medium: Aquatint, coloured
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.