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QUARRYING

Berriow_LCRailwayStone.JPGThe Kilmar and Bearah Quarries, along with other mines and quarries along the way, were linked to the port at Looe by the Liskeard and Caradon Railway. The history of the railway can be seen here and a 2008 survey on the railway can be seen here.

 

The wagons, laden with stone and ore,  were moved from the moor to Liskeard purely by gravity but were hauled back up to the moor, in the early days, by horses. This was a freight line and no permission was given to carry passengers. It was possible, however, to carry a person’s hat for a fee and for the accompanying person to get a ‘free’ ride.

 

In 2013 the Milestone Society reported (page 15) that one of the railway’s milestones can be seen on the roadside at Berrio Bridge House, a significant distance from its original location.

 

Another milestone can be seen further south near Tokenbury Corner in Linkinhorne parish.

 

The images at the top of this page show (L-R): Bearah Quarry – lifting gear (two images); Westminster Bridge in London, built from the granite of Bearah Quarry.

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