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placename:- Wrengill Quarry
parish Longsleddale parish, once in Westmorland
county:- Cumbria
slate quarry; quarry
coordinates:- NY474085
10Km square:- NY40

1Km square NY4708

photograph

Wrengill Quarry -- Longsleddale -- Cumbria / -- 11.4.2007

descriptive text:- Wilson 1912

Book, Longsleddale, by F M Wilson, published by T Wilson, Kendal, Westmorland, 1912.
In the north is Rangill Head, a mountain containing fine blue slate, which was used extensively towards the end of the eighteenth century.
site name:- Rangill Head
date:- 1912
period:- 1910s

descriptive text:- Bulmer 1880s (1st edn 1885/Wmd)

Series of books, each the History, Topography, and Directory of a county in the NW, mostly by T F Bulmer, published by T Bulmer and Co, Manchester, Lancashire, 1880s; 2nd editions 1900s-10s.
In the north, separating this township from Mardale, is Rangill Head, a mountain containing fine blue slate, which was extensively quarried towards the latter part of the last century.
site name:- Rangill Head
date:- 1885
period:- 19th century, late

source:- Housman 1800

Guide book, Descriptive Tour, and Guide to the Lakes, Caves, Mountains ..., by John Housman, published by F Jollie, Carlisle, Cumberland and C Law, Ave Maria Lane, London, 1800; published 1800-21.
Page 72:-
... Great quantities of the finest blue slate are got at this place, and conveyed on horseback to some distance, till the ground becomes level enough to admit of carts travelling upon it.
date:- 1800; 1812
period:- 19th century, early; 1800s

descriptive text:- West 1778 (11th edn 1821)

Guide book, A Guide to the Lakes, by Thomas West, published by William Pennington, Kendal, Cumbria once Westmorland, and in London, 1778 to 1821.
image WS21P166, button   goto source.
Page 166:-
... The road [S from Gatescarth] traverses the mountain as on the other side, but is much better made, and wider, on account of the slate taken from the sides of these mountains and carried to Kendal, &c. ...
date:- 1778
period:- 18th century, late; 1770s

descriptive text:- Nicolson and Burn 1777

Book, History and Antiquities of the Counties of Westmorland and Cumberland, 2 volumes, by Joseph Nicolson and Richard Burn, published by W Strahan and T Cadell, Strand, London, 1777. (Or reprint 1976)
pp.133-134
Sleddale Beck, commonly called Spret, springs in Wrangdale-head in this dale (a place famous for fine blue slate got there), ...
locality:- Wrangdale Head
date:- 1777
period:- 18th century, late; 1770s

specimen:- JandMN (395)

thumbnail BXO36, button to large image
Rock, hand specimen of slate metamorphosed from tuff? from Wrengill Quarry, Longsleddale, Westmorland, NY474085, 1 March 2004.
Ordovician; Borrowdale Volcanic Group.
date:- 2004
period:- 2000s

old map:- Hodgson 1828

Map, 4 sheets, Westmorland, by T Hodgson, scale about 1 1/4 inches to 1 mile, engraved by W R Gardner, ?published by C Smith, 1828.
thumbnail Hdg1_3A, button to large image

placename:- Wrangdale Slate Quarries
date:- 1823
period:- 19th century, early; 1820s

old map:- Hodgson 1828

Map, 4 sheets, Westmorland, by T Hodgson, scale about 1 1/4 inches to 1 mile, engraved by W R Gardner, ?published by C Smith, 1828.
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placename:- Wrangdale Slate Quarries
date:- 1823
period:- 19th century, early

directory:- Parson and White 1829

Book, History, Directory, and Gazetteer, of the Counties of Cumberland and Westmorland, with that Part of the Lake District in Lancashire, forming the Lordships of Furness and Cartmel, by William Parson and William White, published by W White and Co, 1829.
LONG SLEDDALE. Marked 1, reside at Little London; 2, on the East side; and 3, on the West side the Sprint Beck. / Sinkinson, Wilson & Walker, slate quarry proprietors, Rangle gill

placename:- Rangle Gill Quarry
person:- quarry owner : Sinkinson, Wilson and Walker
date:- 1829
period:- 19th century, early; 1820s

old print:- Rose 1832-35 (vol.3 no.47)

Engravings - Westmorland, Cumberland, Durham and Northumberland Illustrated; from drawings by Thomas Allom, George Pickering, and H Gastineau, described by Thomas Rose, published by H Fisher, R Fisher, and P Jackson, Newgate Street, London, 1832-35.
Print, uncoloured engraving, Long Sleddale Slate Quarry, Westmorland, ie Wrengill Quarry, drawn by Thomas Allom, engraved by J W Lowry, published by Fisher, Son and Co, London, 1832-35.
vol.3 pl.47 in the set of prints, Westmorland, Cumberland, Durham and Northumberland Illustrated.
printed at bottom left, right, centre:-
T. Allom. / J. W. Lowry. / LONG SLEDDALE SLATE QUARRY, WESTMORLAND

placename:- Long Sleddale Slate Quarry
date:- 1832=1835
period:- 19th century, early

old print:- Rose 1832-35

Engravings - Westmorland, Cumberland, Durham and Northumberland Illustrated; from drawings by Thomas Allom, George Pickering, and H Gastineau, described by Thomas Rose, published by H Fisher, R Fisher, and P Jackson, Newgate Street, London, 1832-35.
The accompanying descriptive text includes:-
LONG SLEDDALE SLATE QUARRY,- WESTMORLAND.
... / The extensive slate quarries are situated at Rangle Gill, near the head of the dale, and are famous both for the quality and quantity of fine blue slate which they yield. The slabs are conveyed form the quarries on the backs of ponies and asses, the roads being inaccessible to carts. In the description of Thrang Crag Slate Quarry, at page 78, the reader will find some geological particulars applicable to the present subject. / ...

placename:- Long Sleddale Slate Quarry
other name:- Rangle Gill
date:- 1835
period:- 19th century, early

photographs
tiny photograph, 
button to large Wrengill Quarry -- Longsleddale -- Cumbria / -- 13.5.2005
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button to large Wrengill Quarry -- Longsleddale -- Cumbria / -- 4.3.2008
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button to large Wrengill Quarry -- Longsleddale -- Cumbria / -- From below. -- 1.3.2004
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button to large Wrengill Quarry -- Longsleddale -- Cumbria / -- Engine house, and remains of a diesel engine? -- 1.3.2004
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button to large Wrengill Quarry -- Longsleddale -- Cumbria / -- 1.3.2004
tiny photograph, 
button to large Wrengill Quarry -- Longsleddale -- Cumbria / -- 1.3.2004
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button to large Wrengill Quarry -- Longsleddale -- Cumbria / -- 1.3.2004
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button to large Wrengill Quarry -- Longsleddale -- Cumbria / -- 1.3.2004
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button to large Wrengill Quarry -- Longsleddale -- Cumbria / -- Remains of dam and water pipe. -- 1.3.2004
tiny photograph, 
button to large Wrengill Quarry -- Longsleddale -- Cumbria / -- Water pipe. -- 1.3.2004
tiny photograph, 
button to large Wrengill Quarry -- Longsleddale -- Cumbria / -- Water pipe. -- 1.3.2004
tiny photograph, 
button to large Wrengill Quarry -- Longsleddale -- Cumbria / -- Water pipe. -- 1.3.2004
tiny photograph, 
button to large Wrengill Quarry -- Longsleddale -- Cumbria / -- Water pipe. -- 17.11.2008
tiny photograph, 
button to large Wrengill Quarry -- Longsleddale -- Cumbria / -- 13.5.2005

... Between Sadgill and the Slate Quarries the rocky barriers and the huge fragments of stone which have tumbled from them furnish a grand spectacle.
Wilson 1912

hearsay The quarry was worked by italian prisoners of war, during World War II. When they were sent home the worked stopped, tools laid down, jobs half done.

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