Past Activities

Visit to Johnson's Wellfield Quarry

14 members of the Milestone Society assembled in the car-park of Johnson’s Quarry at Crosland Hill, Huddersfield on a scorching hot day (16th July, 2013). We were given hard hats and fluorescent jackets and taken by bus on a tour of the quarry. We started at the oldest part with explanations by the site manager, and when we arrived at the flagstone cutting area we had a demonstration, showing us how the rocks are split. It was interesting to see how skilfully the men used the natural layers of rock to split the flagstone.

We were then taken to the airfield site to be shown a reinstated area, which had been very well done. It’s also good to know there is very little waste: everything is used in one way or another.

Back at Reception we were greeted with welcome drinks and a talk on the Wakefield to Austerlands turnpike road. We then put on ear defenders to go on a tour of the cutting factory. We saw how stone was cut, how by computer and precision NC tools the most efficient way of cutting a stone could be found with very little waste. We saw how the stone is moved around.

It was fascinating and informative, a very good day out, with many thanks to the enthusiastic hosts!

Betty and Andrew Baggett, York