Uppermoor Quarry is said to have been worked for hundreds of years, and was possibly medieval in origin. Certainly the sandstone it produced was used in the construction of some of the Moravian settlement, commenced in the mid 1740’s, as well as many other buildings in west Pudsey. The stone, which was celebrated as a hard, good quality building stone was known locally as ‘nell’.
In 1730 part of the moor was used for horse racing, and even earlier evidence of human activity existed in earthworks which were visible prior to enclosure in around 1813.
Though largely covered by vegetation, the landscape has that artificial look about it indicating major ground changes that quarrying and subsequent remedial works would create. This is the view one receives of the former Uppermoor Quarry as seen from across the valley near the Wildgrove Estate
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