Mancetter Quarry is a source of Diorite which is a very hard granite like rock, often described as ‘salt and pepper’ because of its black and white colouring. The high skid resistance and durability of Diorite make it ideal for use in road building and maintenance.
Because the high quality granite-like stone Diorite quarried at Mancetter is ideal for racetracks, together with the fact that the brother of one of the quarry shareholders ran Silverstone racetrack, meant that speed trials were held here.
For a history of the quarry see here
When you get a chance I have a bit of rock that you would find interesting. I took the photo with you in mind.
Mancetter has merged into the town of Athestone, and now forms a single urban area. The village is built on a rocky outcrop overlooking the River Anker, and is on the site of a former Roman settlement called Manduessedum, meaning the place of chariots.
Some archaeologists believe that this was home to the fourteenth Roman legion to whom which Boudicca met her fate in AD60 outside the fort in the Anker Valley.
Hi Peter!I am in amazment there are some traces from Roman times!
There are many examples of the Roman presence in Brittain!
My wife was born in Bath (known as Aquae Sulis in Roman times) and a great example of what the Romans were like in Britain.
See this site for a tour round!
Best wishes Peter
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Photo taken in Mancetter, Warwickshire, UK
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