- QUARRY TALES: CLITHEROE
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Bolton-by-Bowland visit feedback
After their visit to the quarry the children spoke about what they had seen and learned at the quarry.
Bolton-By-Bowland Question Time
After their visit to the quarry, the children held a Question Time with the tour guides, Paul Whittaker and Mick Hall, along with John Capstick from Tarmac.
Grindleton School Question Time
Grindleton School children held a question time with the quarry visit guides Mick Hall and Paul Whittaker.
Brookside School Question Time
Brookside School children held a Question Time session with the visit guides Paul Whittaker and Mick Hall following their visit to the quarry.
Andrew's family owned Waddington Fell Quarry, near Clitheroe. He worked there straight from school and describes his own work and that of the quarry.
John has worked at Backfield Quarry, now owned by Tarmac, for most of his working life and relates the changes he has seen over the years.
Although Ron hasn't worked in the quarrying industry himself, the previous three generations of his family did. He has many memories of both his father and gradfather and their involvement at Bellmanpark Quarry and Limekilns and he often visited the sites himself to carry out errands and look after the family livestock that they kept there.
Mick worked in Horrocksford Quarry before moving to Castle Cement where he did various jobs, ending in the control room. Now retired, he leads tours of the works. He talks here about working with his father, the changes over the years as well as public perceptions of the works. Following the interview on the full recording he describes various job roles while filling in a questionnaire.
Angela talks to Steve Burke about her time working in the weigh bridge office at Waddington Fell Quarry, Clitheroe.
Gordon worked for Waddington Fell Quarry in various positions. In this clip he talks about the quarry work.
Jeremy is an ecologist who worked on the relocation of limestone grassland plants as quarries were closed or extended. He talks about the importance of the specieis and his work in Peach and Bellmanpark Quarries.
NOTE: This is the full interview.
Kevin worked at Bankfield Quarry for Tarmac for 31 years. He describes various aspects of his work. His enjoyment of his time there shines throughout the interview.
Stuart worked in the Tarmac uarry before moving over to the delivery side. He describes his work and some of the large jobs undertaken from the Clitheroe plant.
John is a geologist who has worked with English Heritage on the atlas of building stone. Here he shares his knowledge of how stone from some local quarries has been used to make buildings in the area.
Stephen was a vet in Clitheroe and told us about visiting two farms that were on the land that has been quarried away in Lanehead Quarry. He also describes the old road between Chatburn and Clitheroe before that too disappeared.
Jim started work at Ribblesdale Cement even before the works and quarry were open. His first job was making the concrete blocks from which the offices were built. He moved into the laboratories once the site was running.
Dave worked for Ribblesdale Cement as an electrician for many years. He saw great changes in both working practices and methods.
Otto Volkmer tells a fascinating story of his rise from prisoner of war to works manager at Castle Cement. His time at the quarry saw many changes in work practices and procedures.
Paul worked in the offices at both Horrocksford and Castle Cement quarries before ending up in the control room. He describes his typical day and some of the social events for the workers.
Joan grew up near to the Ribblesdale Cement Works (known locally as Castle Cement) and talks of playing in a local disused quarry - Coplow Quarry.
Marilyn ran the Post Office in West Bradford for many years. She describes the effects that quarrying had on the area and life.
Alan farmed near to Lanehead Quarry (Castle Cement) and also collected milk from the farm within the quarry yard.
Mohammed Yakoob & Gustasab Khan
Mohammed and Gustasab both came to the UK from Pakistan and worked at Castle Cement in Clitheroe. They give us an interesting insight into their roles in the cement works and the changes they saw over the years.
A short clip from Gordon's interview for our project. Gordon helped us by being our 'guinea pig' volunteer! Thanks Gordon.