MHG55558 - Ord Quartzite Quarry


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Type and Period (1)

  • SILICA QUARRY (In use, Second World War to 20th Century - 1944 AD to 1960 AD)

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J.G. Stein & Co. of Bonnybridge commenced quarrying in 1944 and this continued until 1960. Silica was extracted from the quartzite ore and used as a heat resistant substance in industrial furnaces, fire bricks, cements, boilers etc. Only the explosives store and a storage building, now used as a bothy, survive. A resident of Kilmore in Sleat worked for the company as a young man. He remembers that the ore was removed from the quarry in trucks that ran on a very short rail track to the road where it was loaded onto lorries and taken to the pier at Armadale. It was his job then to offload the ore into a waiting puffer (coastal trading boat).

Estate rental and letter books held at Clan Donald Library, The Museum of the Isles, Armadale. Ref: GD221/5783 98, 776, 805, 814 <1>

GIS spatial data created 2019 based on OS Master Map. <2>

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Grid reference Centred NG 6261 1265 (52m by 73m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NG61SW
Geographical Area SKYE AND LOCHALSH
Civil Parish SLEAT

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