Newbold Quarry Park :: Shared Description

Newbold Quarry extracted blue lias limestone for the cement industry, an industry which is still important in the area as the large nearby Rugby Cement Works demonstrates. However, the Newbold site was prone to flooding and was abandoned in 1923. The open water, fed by natural springs, became an irresistible draw for local youths; unfortunately, deep and cold, it could be a death trap and six people sadly drowned here over the years, culminating in the deaths of two boys aged six and ten in 1990. Following this tragedy, Rugby Borough Council took the decision to develop the site as a park and it was opened by the town’s mayor in 1993. A plaque close to one of the entrances states that ‘the creation of this park is for the benefit of all and commemorates those who have lost their lives in the quarry’. The park is now home to a range of aquatic birds, lime-loving plants and several butterfly species. In 2018, as part of a general cleaning-up drive, divers explored the 15 metre deep water and found the remains of two cars and a motorbike at the bottom. In one part of the park there is a Second World War Bofors gun emplacement.
by Stephen McKay
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SP4976 : Newbold Quarry Park by Stephen McKay
SP4977 : Flooded path in Newbold Quarry Park by Stephen McKay
SP4976 : Newbold Quarry Park by Stephen McKay
SP4976 : Path in Newbold Quarry Park by Stephen McKay
SP4976 : Newbold Quarry Park by Stephen McKay
SP4976 : Newbold Quarry Park by Stephen McKay
SP4976 : Path in Newbold Quarry Park by Stephen McKay
SP4977 : Newbold Quarry Park by Stephen McKay
SP4977 : Newbold Quarry Park by Stephen McKay
SP4976 : No swimming, no fishing - Newbold Quarry Park by Stephen McKay
SP4977 : Mute swan at Newbold Quarry Park by Stephen McKay
SP4977 : Mute swan at Newbold Quarry Park by Stephen McKay


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Created: Mon, 8 Mar 2021, Updated: Mon, 8 Mar 2021

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