Photographer's Note

Travelling across Dartmoor the other day, we stopped at a car park to take in some of the views.

This is Merrivale, a small hamlet situated by the River Walkham, just 3 miles NW of Princetown.
The hamlet is totally overshadowed by the enormous spoil tip from the now defunct Merrivale Quarry, that started operating in 1876 and finally closed in 1997.

Granite was quarried to produce gravestones and agricultural rollers.
And granite from this quarry has been used in a few famous structures :- New Scotland Yard is faced in this granite; Portcullis House in Westminster also includes granite from this quarry, which was to be its last contract.
This was where the stones from Old London Bridge were refinished before they were transported to Lake Havasu in the USA.
The white building is a pub, the Dartmoor Inn.

A tor can be seen on the horizon.

Thanks for looking.

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  • Copyright: Jean Dwyer (jean113) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2306 W: 0 N: 7209] (27637)
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  • Date Taken: 2021-08-28
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