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CONFERENCE: Industrial Archaeology – Building Materials

15 October 2022


9.30am Registration and Welcome

10.05 Building Georgian Chippenham – architects, builders and materials, by Mike Stone. (Topic changed).

10.50 Coffee break

11.10 Digging Bath stone – a quarry transport history, by Doug Roseaman. A talk based on the late David Pollard’s definitive work.
(Topic changed)

12.00 Sarsen stone for building, by Katy Whitaker. Results of recent fieldwork in the north Wiltshire sarsen stone quarry throw new light on extraction and use for building materials, street furniture, and roadstone.

12.50 LUNCH (not provided). There are many places in Devizes to have lunch, or bring a packed lunch with you. If the weather is fine Hillworth Park is just a short walk away.

14.15 Bricks and brickyards, by Jamie Wright. Bricks have been made in the county for over 400 years and contribute to the character of both towns and villages. This interim talk will cover regional variations in their adoption and describe some of the two hundred brickyards in the county.

15.00 Tea break

15.25 Extraction – What next? by Bob Clarke. Exploring the subsequent uses of quarries once their initial purpose had ended.


Tickets: £15 (£13 WANHS members). Book online below.

Covid-19. We are planning to hold this event at the Town Hall, Devizes, as scheduled. However, we may move the event online if necessary. All ticket holders will be kept advised.

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Image Caption – Ganger David Milsom (Eight foot) centre, with his gang outside Clift Quarry in the mid to late 1890s. Note that each man holds the tool(s) for the work he specialised in and benzoline lamps mounted on lamp chogs are much in evidence.
The men in the back row from left to right are: William J Wilkins (1849-?), Isaac (Ike) Baker (1854-?), George Baker (1835-?), Ted Smith (a Colerne man), David Dancey (1855-1919), Sidney Dancey (1882-1971).

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