Granite Quarry

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There are many granite quarries in the area north and west of Haytor Rocks. The largest and most picturesque, Haytor Quarry, lies about mile north of Haytor Rocks.  Entering the quarry, you suddenly find yourself in a different world, sheltered from the wind and rain, with nature rapidly restoring what was once a busy industrial site. It is now partly flooded and provides a home for dragonflies, frogs, waterlilies and goldfish! It was mainly worked from the 1820's to the 1860's and the stone was used in the building of The British Museum and London Bridge (the one now in Arizona)  An old winch and parts of a derrick can still be seen. The stone was transported out along the granite tramway. The last stone to be extracted was for the Exeter War Memorial in 1919.