Ashford Black Marble was mined at a couple of sites in Ashford in the Water, Derbyshire.
The Black Marble was, in fact, a very uniform, dark limestone, that would take a high polish.
It became very popular in Victorian times, and was used for production of various ornaments -
candle sticks, obelisks, clocks, plates, etc.
The photos here are from Rookery Mine, the larger of the two black marble mines currently
accessible, and were taken on an official PDMHS "Tuesday night" guided tour of
the mine. Access to the mine is controlled by the DCA.
Photographs by Martin Long.
Rookery Mine - Ashford, Derbyshire
One of the main features of the mine is the method of working the stone. Large areas were undercut & dropped, exposing the natural bedding in the roof. Waste materials were then built into "packwalls". (Photo M.L.)
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