Headington history: The quarries

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The Quarries

General introduction

Two former quarries that are now Sites of Scientific Special Interest

Magdalen Quarry (formerly known as the Workhouse and the Corporation Pit)
Tthis is situated just to the west of Gladstone Road, off Willilam Kimber Crescent.

Rock Edge (formerly known as Crossroads Pit or Windmill Pit)
his is situated at the south-east corner of Windmill Road

Other pits and quarries

Pit on Green Road
Jack Phillips's Pit

Blondin or Munt's Pit
On the site of Quarry Hollow and the adjacent play park

Clayhills Pit, also known as St Ebba's Pit
On the corner of Quarry Road and Old Road, now the site of Stansfeld Centre

Harry Bear's Pit
This was on the east side of the Slade, 250 yards south of the junction with Old Road

Saccy's Pit or Horwood's Pit
On the site of the present Beaumont Alley

Vicarage Quarry
This was opposite the vicarage in Quarry Road

Jack Phillips's Pit
This was on the corner of Green Road and Quarry High Street, as shown on the 1921 map (above right)

Coppock's Quarry
This was to the west of the present Gladstone Road, to the south of the Magdalen Pit. It was closed in the 1880s. “Stone in Archaeology” Database: Coppock's Quarry

Mason's Pit
This was behind the Mason's Arms, and was the largest and most enduring of the Quarry pits. It was in this pit that in 1861 four gipsy families headed by Wisdom Smith, Thomas Smith, Reconcile Smith, and Mrs Ann Smith camped with their families.

Pound House Quarry
This was at Shotover Hill Place (the area of the east end of Old Road, which was in the ecclesiastical parish of Holy Trinity, Headington Quarry but in the civil parish of Forest Hill with Shotover).

Greening's Pit, later known as Gale's Pit, was worked by
a gang from Quarry, but was actually situated in Cowley.

© Stephanie Jenkins

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