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HILDENLEY LIMESTONE QUARRIES

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A small series of quarries in the Upper Jurassic (Oxfordian) Coral Rag limestone situated within Hildeley Wood to the east of Hildenley Home Farm. The, stone which is a pure form of limestone, is considered to be the best decorative stone in Yorkshire. It was first used during the 3rd and 4th centuries for the Roman fortress and vicus at Malton, and at York. It was also used for pre-Conquest sculptures and church construction at Appleton-le-Street, Hovingham, and Amotherby. During the Middle Ages it was used at Kirkham Priory for the 12th century construction and 13th century rebuilding, and at the Gilbertine priory at Old Malton. The sourthern quarry contains a single-pot lime kiln used on the Hildenley Estate. There is also a fine bridge spanning the quarry which appears to be a folly.

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