Fecit End Delf

Although only small, this offers a very clear illustration of the style of working in the Rossendale quarries.

Location:  The quarry is positioned about 400m west of Turn village on the end of Fecit Hill. Lying at about 350m above sea level, it can be accessed from a public footpath leading from the Rossendale Way.

Historical Summary

Geology: The workings are in the Upper Haslingden Flagstones.

Products: Included road setts, kerb stones and flagstones.

Kerb stones in Fecit End Delf

Quarry Firms: The quarry was in operation before 1844. So far we know of only 1 quarry owner:  Woodvine who worker the quarry around 1939 to 1940.

Summary of Surviving Remains: The hillside quarry consists of outcrop quarrying with some open pit quarrying. In the south eastern corner of the quarry is an extraction pit which contains the remains of a collapsed crane.

Collapsed crane in open pit

The remains of a loading and processing area is located within the SE section of the quarry, consisting of a series of stacked dressed stone lintels and waste debris located on a probable loading platform. The stone ‘banker benches’ used by the masons also survive.

The spoil ‘fingers’ and mounds are all clearly defined and have been colonised by moorland vegetation. An extensive area of quarry debris extends down the southerly slope of Fecit Hill and creates a prominent landscape feature, which can be observed from Rochdale Road (A680) and the Rossendale Way.

In recent years a gun club has constructed a shooting gallery to the north-east of the processing site.

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