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Stone "Mining" / "Quarrying"

The soft oolitic limestone used extensively for building stone and typical of Bath and many other Georgian towns was extracted extensively in the hills around Bath. It was also worked in other areas of the Cotswold hills including in South Gloucestershire.

Due to the nature of this material it is often better cut from sub-surface works rather than opencast extraction and even though they are underground these would have been known as "quarries" rather than mines.

Definition: "Mining" is the removal of minerals (in general these need to be processed and it doesn't matter too much if it gets pulverised during mining) "Quarrying" is the removal of stone (which usually needs to be kept in decent sized bits e.g. for use in building). The men who worked the stone were quarrymen, some of them just happened to work in the dark.

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