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Captain Craster Memorial
Chapel Row
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Coastguard Cottages Coquet View
Craster Tower
Craster Village
Distant Shores
Dunstanburgh Castle
Dunstanburgh Road
Haven Hill
Iron Age Settlement
Jolly Fisherman
Little Adam's House
Memorial Hall
Methodist Chapel
Middle Rigg
Quarry, Aerial Ropeway and Bins
Radar Station
Reservoir 'Tank'
Robson's Smokehouse
St Peter the Fisherman
The 'Shute'
The 'Square'
Summer House
We Can Mind the Time
West End Cottages
Whin Hill
World War Two

Craster Quarry Photographs

This photograph looks to the Norwell Brow quarry, but the site of the main surviving quarry is still to be dug out.

The site of Craster Quarry looking to the north
Source: William Robert Archbold

This view shows the quarry at work and explains why so many men who worked at the quarry in the early part of the twentieth century described their work as 'Quarryman (breaking stones)'.

Craster quarry at work.
Source: William Robert Archbold

The next photograph shows the processing plant of Craster quarry, c1900. Dunstanburgh Castle can be made out in the background, the Methodist Chapel behind and West End to the right. The building on stilts is on the site of the present Norwell Brow and serviced Mark Appleby's quarry. The line of the road can be seen veering from West End and running between the afore mentioned building and the buildings in the foreground, which belong to the McLaren and Prowde quarry.

Craster Quarry c1900
Craster quarry, c1900.

Before the aerial ropeway was built stone was carried to the harbour by cart. The ropeway was only designed to carry crushed stone and the cart continued in use for the larger stone blocks, for making kerbstones, which were loaded onto waiting ships by crane from the north pier. The following photograph shows five carts making their way up the hill to the quarry.

Carts for transporting stone to the harbour.
Carts for transporting stone to the harbour.

The next photograph shows the bins on the south pier and the pylon on the foreshore. The two black objects against the sky are buckets on the ropeway. The 'goalposts' in the bottom right of the image support a net slung across the road to protect passers by from stone falling from the buckets.

Storage bins on the south pier and foreshore pylon.
Storage bins on the south pier and foreshore pylon, c1915

This photograph shows the aerial ropeway operating down the valley, carrying crushed stone to the towers on the pier. The buildings on the right are the 'square', also known as the 'curtyn'. These were fishermans cottages, built in the traditional Northumberland design of an enclosed square. The square was demolished about 1960. In the foreground, the rounded shape appears to be a haystack. The man standing on the road and the little girl behind are taking a close interest in the photographer.

Aerial ropeway the the square
The aerial ropeway and the square

A steamer ready to load stone was in a position that blocked the harbour. This led to some friction with the fishermen. Notice the upside down boat cut in half to make a shed in the centre forground.

A steamer ready to load stone from the bins.
West End and a steamer ready to load stone from the bins.

This photograph, taken from a position next to the Summer House, shows that there were three bins, the outside two secured to the wall of the south pier with strong beams. The bins were made of wood, banded with iron rings and were some 90ft tall.

The bins on the end of the south pier
The bins on the end of the south pier
Source: Billy Lumsden


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