Quarrying into the nostalgia

Quarrying has been an integral part of industry in the Dales for many hundreds of years.

However, the nostalgia that surrounds Derbyshire’s quarries might be a little rocky compared to tat of lead mining and agriculture.

Andy Howdle – who currently works for Tarmac – is on a mission to change this, though.

He is in the process of writing a book to celebrate the history of Hoveringham Gravels – which owned Dene Quarry before Tarmac bought the site in 1982.

“The idea came about after we did a bit of history at work,” said Andy. Afterwards I started doing some digging of my own to see what I could get together.”

So far, Andy has gathered approximately 400 photographs and spoken to around 50 people as he tirelessly pieces together a history which he fears may soon be lost.

“All these photographs were stuck in people’s lofts and I want to get them published before it’s too late,” said Andy.

One of the most iconic images from the Hoveringam era was the spotless bright-orange lorries complete with the mammoth logo.

“I’ve got lots of pictures of the guys with their lorries,” said Andy.

“Whether they’re eating packed lunches, arriving at the docks or just unloading the lorries – hopefully the images will bring back memories for people who were around in the Hoveringham days.”

Andy has been working on the book for the last couple of years now and hopes that it will be completed in the next few months.

However, Andy is having one final push to find any last hidden-gems to add to his collection.

“I would really like to hear from anybody who has any photographs or information,” said Andy.

“So far I’ve spoken to some really interesting people and would like to speak to some more –- so give me a call or drop me an email.”

If you think your attic may harbour some old photographs that Andy might find useful then you can contact him by emailing andy@hoveringhamgravels.co.uk or by telephoning 01743 875166.