There are many granite quarries in the area north and west of Haytor
Rocks. The largest and most picturesque, Haytor Quarry, lies about ¼
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.