Photographer's Note

Good Morning Everyone,

I hope you are all keeping well.
It does seem strange to have so much time to browse my archives but, it brings back many happy memories.

My photograph shows a view from the top of Honister Pass, in the Lake District, which I took on a TE Meeting.

Here, you can see the results of the work at the Honister Slate Mine, which is the last working slate mine in England. These are huge slabs of slate and it is here that quarrying for Westmorland green slate has been taken place since 1728.

Honister slate is a distinctive green slate, though Lakeland slate comes in a variety of shades and colours. It is a strong and durable material, excellent for roofs , and also for floors and walls.

Because of its location, it has always be difficult to distribute the slate. Before the opening of the Furness Railway in 1846, the slate was taken by packhorse over the western edge of Great Gable and Wasdale, for loading onto boats at Ravenglass.

The raised stones give you an idea of the size that can be obtained. At first, they they give the impression of an ancient stone circle, the type of which which can be found in Lake District.

Thanks for sharing my memories, which I hope you enjoyed Bev :-)

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