HERBERT’S QUARRY - A LANDMARK OF INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE
Herbert’s Quarry is part of the Mynydd Du SSSI (Site of Special
Scientific Interest) and the Black Mountain and Mynydd Myddfai Registered Landscape
of Outstanding Historic Interest in Wales.
It also lies within
the Fforest Fawr Geopark. The quarries
are as a RIGS (Regionally Important Geodiversity
Site), but the archaeological and industrial
heritage at the site has so far received
much less attention.
The imposing quarry faces and landscapes of lime kilns, quarries
and spoil tips of Herbert’s Quarry are a local testament to the development
of Wales as an industrial nation. The site is unique in south Wales, and possibly
further afield, because the industrial remains document the rise and decline of the
lime-burning industry on the Black Mountain over at least 200 years.
As the demand for lime and limestone in industry and agricultural
grew, production methods changed, from pre-industrial exploitation to full industrialisation.
Unlike in other lime producing areas where canals and tramroads
could be built, the industry at Herbert’s Quarry was served solely by road transport.
The lime trade was a factor in the development of Turnpike roads and the network of
tracks and roads over the mountain is closely associated with the activity at Herbert’s