Many thanks to Nigel Aspdin for bringing my attention to a small notice in the 26th February, 1873 edition of The Derby Mercury which confirms that the Slaters had indeed taken over Horsley Castle Quarry (and Coxbench quarry) by this date. So, it seems almost certain that the Slaters would have supplied stone from their quarry for the dressing of the Margaret Street façades. Here is the wording of the notice:
COXBENCH & HORSLEY CASTLE STONE QUARRIES, NEAR DERBY.
W.H. and J. SLATER, having taken and reopened the above Quarries, beg to intimate that they are now prepared to SUPPLY the best quality of STONE for every description of BUILDING PURPOSES, either in large random blocks or cut to any dimension.
Address: W.H. and J. SLATER, BUILDERS, DERBY.
For a scan of the original notice visit Nigel Aspdin’s Denby brickworks page here.
Well, that’s almost it for the MA and ‘Two Years at Margaret Street’.
The show’s been open for the best part of a week now and will be taken down tomorrow afternoon. Marks are published and I have done fine. I will add a few more images from the show soon.
It’s not the end of my time at Margaret Street though as I will now undertake three further years based there for my PhD. I will announce the blog for this shortly. This blog will be left live for the foreseeable future and may even be added to should I stumble upon some nugget of wisdom or an interesting angle to photograph as I roam the School’s corridors.
The show’s up … just in time. Went a bit sketchy at the end there but am pleased with it on the whole. A few niggles that in an ideal world wouldn’t be present but maybe I’m being overly picky.
For the time being here’s a sneak preview of my work. More and better images to follow in due course:
Dear readers, do come along to Margaret Street next week:
In amongst the holidays I have been working honest! I’ve just been too busy to write any blog entries. Things are beginning to come together for the Show although I have a few annoying gaps due to people not getting back to me about some of my working I need to subcontract out. There is also a growing amount of admin to attend to.
Tomorrow I’m screenprinting and film editing again; I also have a tutorial. Hopefully I will have some more images to share later next week but for now it’s back to the working.