Millstones Stanage Edge

Millstones Stanage Edge

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These abandoned Millstones lie beneath Stanage Edge in the Derbyshire Dark Peak District.

Millstone production, along with lead mining was one of the main medieval industries of the Peak District and the two main centres of production were above Hathersage and Baslow. Production is believed to have started as early as the 14th century, reaching its peak in the late 16th and 17th centuries. It was a huge industry.

Traditionally the stones were quarried by individual stone masons, each making about 16 pairs per year up on the hillside near to where the stone was quarried. They would then be transported down the hill and taken away by road or river. Peak District Millstones found their way all over the UK.

It is thought that the market for Peak District millstones disappeared very suddenly mid-18th century when white bread became fashionable. The gritstone of which they were made turned flour a grey colour, whereas it was found that French millstones were capable of producing white flour.

Dozens of millstones in production in the Peak District couldn’t be sold and still lie today exactly where they were produced – up on the hills below the gritstone edges. Unlucky for the masons' who's livelihood depended upon the market for the stones but a wonderful bequest for the modern photographer to be able to capture the brooding intensity of the abandoned stones.

The Millstone is now the symbol of the Peak District National Park. Enter the park on a main road and that chances are that you will see a great millstone standing on a stone mount indicating that you are now entering the Peak District.
08/01/2014 - 19:52sandinista
CategoryLandscape / Travel
Shutter Speed1/15
Aperturef/16
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ISO160
Focal Length10mm
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GIULIO57

Link Posted 08/01/2014 - 20:06
Good compo
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Teaka53

Link Posted 08/01/2014 - 20:52
I love this, the colours, the textures, the shadows, the imposing sky, best large
Malc

carmagw

Link Posted 08/01/2014 - 21:04
Very nice Jim and I enjoyed the written information. Always wondered why there were so many of these left behind.

Regards

George

AndrewA

Link Posted 08/01/2014 - 21:09
Great shot and info too!
Andrew

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Dodge69

Link Posted 08/01/2014 - 22:49
nice colour palette here
Pentax pour des images riches en détails!

bwlchmawr

Link Posted 09/01/2014 - 07:08
No one better illustrates the importance of a strong foreground than you, Jim.
Best wishes,

Andrew

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iangilmour

Link Posted 09/01/2014 - 07:19
Excellent shot Jim. Very informative description too.
Best wishes
Ian

pauljay

Link Posted 09/01/2014 - 11:29
Interesting tale and a nice portrayal!
Paul.

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Blaze

Link Posted 09/01/2014 - 12:16
Interesting history of millstones - always nice to learn something about a photo.
Glorious view and sky !

mohammad

Link Posted 09/01/2014 - 12:42
Interesting work.

Regards

tyronet2000

Link Posted 09/01/2014 - 14:23
Blaze wrote:
Interesting history of millstones - always nice to learn something about a photo.
Glorious view and sky !

I agree with this and the other comments
Regards
Stan

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autumnlight

Link Posted 09/01/2014 - 15:15
Smashing info. and a great shot.
Kind regards Maria

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Northgrain

Link Posted 09/01/2014 - 15:55
This and the grouse trough shot make a great duo

Characteristically clever composition and a great sky.

Any more strong keepers like this from your visit????
Tim

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pixelshot

Link Posted 30/01/2014 - 09:58
Super shot lovely dramatic feel to this and thanks for the history...Alan
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