Self-catering accommodation in Guernsey. Located 10 minutes' walk from St Peter Port, the Albany Self-Catering Apartments are set in quiet grounds with a relaxing garden and a seasonal heated outdoor pool (May to September). Families are welcome. There are outdoor games for the children including a climbing frame/ swing and a summer house. A bus stop is nearby and there is an excellent bus service which enable you to easily explore Guernsey. We have onsite parking.
Wednesday, 21 May 2014
Some interesting facts about Guernsey's Quarrying History.
Quarrying in Guernsey - the major industry of 19th
the major industry in Guernsey in the 19th century and at its height,
268 quarries were being worked, 178 of which were in the two northern parishes
of St Sampson and Vale.
The blue granite
(Diorite) was expertly dressed by skilled craftsmen and it is thought that
either Guernsey or Herm granite was used for the steps of St Paul’s
came to the island from Cornwall and between 1810 and 1841, the population of St
Sampson parish more than doubled from 650 to 1,567.
The granite was
used mainly for road making in Britain and was crushed by hand in the early
years on the island. Stone production peaked in 1910 when 458,000 tons were
transported to Britain by Steamer. The ships returned laden with red bricks from
the London Brick Company and this led to the demise of brick production at
Oatlands. However they turned their skills to the production of clay pots for
the fledgling tomato industry. The ancient kilns still remain on the
introduction of asphalt for road making, crushed granite was no longer required
and exports ceased in 1967. A total of 4,147,975 tons of granite was exported to
Britain. The only working quarry in Guernsey is at Les Vardes run by Ronez who
continue to supply stone to the local building industry and skilled stonemasons
remain a key part of the industry. They have been operating in the islancd since
Ronez announced in June 2011 that
Les Vardes has sufficient resources to last until 2028 with an estimated 2.5m
tonnes of granite. They currently produce 140,000 tonnes per annum for the local
building industry. They employ 112 staff only 30 of which are employed at the
quarry as mechanisation has reduced labour requirements to an absolute minimum.
Approval to continue quarrying on the site has meant the extension in life and
they expect to hit blue granite there shortly.
The company also owns about a
third of the land available at the Chouet headland, with the States of Guernsey
owning the rest. The company remains hopeful that they will eventually gain
planning permission to quarry on that site
coastal defences and harbours are built from massive granite blocks all of which
had to be placed manually using pulleys and winches.
several hundred feet deep have since proven useful in the 20th and
21st centuries as water reservoirs and for waste