Quarry Faces - Robin Thornes

Quarry Faces: the Story of Mendip Stone  tells the story of quarrying in the Mendips, with special emphasis on the area’s nationally important roadstone industry.  It traces the history of that industry from 1865, when the first mechanically crushed stone left the Mendips by rail, to the present day.  The book charts the growth of the industry in the late 19th century, and its close relationship with the railways and road haulage. It has 328 pages in full colour and contains over 400 illustrations, including many historic photographs.   Produced by the Quarry Faces community heritage project, it has drawn much of the information included from local people across the Mendips, who have provided a large number of previously unpublished images which document the industry over the past 150 years.

It is available from the following shops, price £19.50:

Frome Museum

Mells Community Shop

Wells Museum

Cranmore Station Shop

Radstock Museum

Shepton Mallet Tourist Information

Somerset Heritage Centre

Hunting Raven Books, Frome

Buy online from Cranmore Station