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Millstones lying abandoned on the hillside close to where they were cut.

"Millstones have a long history spanning many thousands of years.
Their current basic form can be dated to before the Norman Conquest (1066). Corn mills were recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086.

The first reference to millstone production in Derbyshire is as early as the 13th century. There are also records of millstones being quarried in Hathersage and Baslow in the 14th and 15th centuries.

The millstone has changed over the centuries. The more familiar wheel-like cylinder shape was produced in the 18th and 19th centuries. They were used to grind grain like oats, barley and rye.

Millstones could be mounted vertically on their edges, they were used for crushing wood to create wood pulp to make paper.
Smaller thinner stones were used in the edge-tool industry and smaller ones still in cutlery manufacture; Sheffield renowned for its cutlery industry is not very far away!"

Here you can see the terrain of this part of Derbyshire, some rough land and some farmed. This is part of the Peak District National Park.

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Additional Photos by Jean Dwyer (jean113) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2006 W: 0 N: 6440] (24781)
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