Latest Mendip Hills Stories

2008-10-04 18:00:21

TEN years ago Jill Essam and partner Tom Mercer opted for a purchase with a decided difference - they bought a quarry. Their aim for Harehope Quarry, near Frosterley, in Weardale, was to demonstrate a more sustainable way of living through a range of social, economic and environmental projects. The Harehope Quarry Co-operative was one of the ventures helped by the Mineral Valleys project. The Bollihope Burn runs through the quarry, whose south side is now a nature reserve with otter...

2008-07-06 00:00:18

You might have to dig deep to find the answers to some of these questions! 1. Some of the silver found in the Crown Jewels was mined here, off the North Devon coast. Where? 2. This mineral was once mined extensively in the Brendon Hills. What was it? 3. This upland area was once divided up into four so-called "liberties," each owner having the mineral rights. Where? And what was the mineral? 4. These "Freeminers" must work underground for a year and a day to claim their rights....

2008-07-01 00:10:00

By Jacqueline Dolanj.dolan@bepp.co.uk In 1858, Dundry Church of England Primary School was opened to educate the children of engineers and manufacturers in the parish. Today, the popular North Somerset primary school is celebrating its 150th anniversary with a number of events. The original trust deeds of the school state the building was to be used as and for a school for the education of children and adults or children only of the labouring, manufacturing and other poorer classes in the...

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