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Carn Quarry, Bickleigh Vale, Devonshire
Creator: Le Petit, William
Title: Carn Quarry, Bickleigh Vale, Devonshire / T.Allom ; W.Le Petit
Imprint: London : Fisher, Son & Co.
Date: 1831
Format: Steel l.engr ; 97x155mm
Ref. no.: SC2353
Notes: Should read Cann Quarry

Copies: WSL : M SC2353

Coverage: Devon . Plympton St.Mary . Quarries . Cann Quarries . From above . 1831

Last Updated: 02/12/2004
Contributor: Allom, T

Associated text: Britton, J. Devonshire & Cornwall illustrated from original drawings by Thomas Allom, W.H. Bartlett, &c, by J.Britton & E.W.Brayley (London: H.Fisher, R.Fisher & P.Jackson, 1832). p. 98.

CANN QUARRY (inaccurately spelt Carn Quarry in the accompanying View) is situated near the Plym river, about midway between the Plym and Bickleigh bridges, in the parish of Plympton St. Mary. It belongs to the Earl of Morley, and produces an argillaceous slate, of a superior strength and durability to that of other quarries. The neighbouring scenery is exceedingly picturesque. Bold, jutting rocks; low ravines, and heights covered with umbrageous foliage, from amidst which rises the gray tower of Bickleigh church- standing, with the village itself, upon a high ridge between two deep vales-form the constituent objects of the immediate picture; but innumerable other prospects, of a beautifully diversified, as well as of a wild and highly romantic character, may be obtained in tracing the irriguous banks of the adjacent streams. -In Cann Quarry, noble masses of slate rock are laid open to the sight, and mingle in fine contrast with the wood-crested acclivities around. At a short distance above the Quarry is the Salmon-weir of the Plym, which stretches across the river in the form of a crescent, over which the descending waters flash impetuously, and are broken in their fall into sheets of foam.

[Text may be taken from a different source or edition than that listed as the source by Somers Cocks.]

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