About the author

Derek Hawkins has spent his entire working life in the Bath and Corsham stone quarries. He began as a quarryman in Limpley Stoke Quarry in the early 1980s. Then he became Mine Manager at Monkton Farleigh Mine when it was open to the public. For the last twenty years he has been Quarry Safety Manager working for the MoD in Corsham.

Derek has been exploring the abandoned Bath stone quarries since his early teens. He is a passionate photographer and has accumulated a vast library of images of the quarries, many of the best of which are included in this book.

Derek also lectures on the subject of the underground stone quarries of Bath and North Wiltshire.

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"I bought this for hubby as on his wish list for Christmas and he loves it. Loads of information, photographs etc. Very interesting read and I will almost certainly read it when he has finished."




Bath & Corsham Stone Quarries

by Derek Hawkins


Second Edition

Stiff Card Covers
224 pages, 210mm x 210mm
ISBN: 9781916178939
Price: £24.00 Second Class to UK mainland addresses is £3.
Publication date: 13 October 2023

This new limited edition print run will be available for delivery from 13 October 2023. Order now to secure a copy

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Bath Stone Quarries is a comprehensive photographic record of the Bath stone industry from the mid-Victorian period to the present day. Its scope includes not just the surviving underground relics of the industry but also the surface tramways, loading wharfs and cutting yards associated with it.

The book traces the history of the industry up until the start of the Second World War, when many of the quarries were requisitioned for government use. The early phases of the government conversion work is covered, but the bigger wartime history of the quarries can be found in our sister volume, Second World War Secret Bunkers.

The story continues in the immediate post-war years, when quarrying resumed in a small number of quarries, while others were adapted for other peacetime uses. The new quarrying techniques employed at Westwood, Monks Park and Limpley Stoke are illustrated in some detail.

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