NS3678 : Pit from former limestone quarrying

taken 12 years ago, near to Renton, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

Pit from former limestone quarrying
Pit from former limestone quarrying
This pit is the result of limestone quarrying; on its northern side (just right of centre in this photograph), the remaining rock has been left with a fairly flat vertical surface.

The pit is one of several in the area that are associated with NS3678 : Former cornstone workings on Carman Muir; see that item for further details.
Old cornstone workings

Cornstone (a kind of limestone) was quarried from various locations on Carman Muir, to be burned for lime, but the industry was centred on this particular knoll: a ruined lime-kiln can be seen on its northern side, and there are extensive spoil mounds and signs of quarrying nearby. See LinkExternal link for an annotated satellite view centred on this area. See LinkExternal link for details of former quarrying on Carman Muir as a whole.

Carman Muir: outcrops and old quarry pits :: NS3778

See Link (in a Geograph article) for further information, and LinkExternal link for an annotated satellite view on which various features of geological interest (as well as traces of associated industries and other antiquities) are marked, as described below.

The topography of the parts of Carman Muir to the south of Cardross Road is determined to a large extent by cornstone deposits, which outcrop in places. Cornstone is an impure granular limestone, a fossil soil. Old quarry pits (probably worked before the nineteenth century) and possible test pits can be seen along the lines of these deposits; they are indicated by light blue marker pins on the annotated satellite view, and the cornstone outcrops are marked by orange pins.

This area, lying to the south of Cardross Road, exemplifies what the British Geological Survey refers to as the Kinnesswood Formation (see LinkExternal link at the BGS website for more information); this formation contains cornstone deposits.

Beside and to the north of Cardross Road are outcrops of sandstone rather than cornstone. The sandstone is best seen along a line of outcrops and pits beside the road (these are indicated by reddish marker pins on the annotated satellite view). Another prominent example lies at the ENE end of that line: a large disused red sandstone quarry, the old Fairy Knowe Quarry (later known as Carman Quarry) LinkExternal link at NS36967900. This area beside and to the north of the road exemplifies the Stockiemuir Sandstone Formation (see LinkExternal link at the BGS website for further details).

Both north and south of the road, the strata in this area generally dip at an angle of from 10 to 20 from the horizontal, descending towards the SSE; the Stockiemuir Sandstone Formation that is exposed beside and to the north of the road underlies the cornstone-containing Kinnesswood Formation to the south of the road.

The annotated satellite view also includes markers for various antiquities in the area:

● Ancient cairns: LinkExternal link
● Circular enclosure: LinkExternal link (originally reported as a hut circle)
● Carman (house): LinkExternal link
● Carman (enclosure): LinkExternal link
● Carman (field system): LinkExternal link

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Date Taken
Friday, 28 May, 2010   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 9 June, 2010
Geographical Context
Quarrying, Mining  Derelict, Disused 
Former (from Tags)
Quarry 
Place (from Tags)
Carman Muir 
Category
Quarry   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3682 7828 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:58.1823N 4:36.9725W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3683 7828
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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