Locharbriggs Quarry near Dumfries; Dumfries (Permian) Sandstone

This photograph of an excavation area at Locharbriggs Quarry shows a flooded area to the foreground and three drilling riggs on the upper level.   Taken from "A Photographic Record of a Holiday in Dumfriesshire & Kirkcudbrightshire (with one or two views outside) August 1937".  This photograph album was compiled by H D Hewitt, 9th January 1938.   The Permian and Triassic sandstones of the Dumfries area, particularly those from the quarries at Locharbriggs, were widely used as building stones.  At the peak of the sandstone quarrying industry in the late 1800s almost 200,000 tons of sandstone were being quarried each year.  Although this stone was used locally, large amounts were sent out of the area.  Many of the late Victorian buildings of Glasgow and Edinburgh were built in Dumfries sandstone, as were the 'brownstones' of New York.
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H D Hewitt
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Locharbriggs Quarry, Dumfries
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height 82mm, width 107mm
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