W.H. and J. Slater beg to intimate

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.

Showing Up

'a glass of sweet and strange colour' slides

‘a glass of sweet and strange colour’ slides

Door to Private Room

Door to Private Room

Ruskin Pottery Hashtag

Ruskin Pottery Hashtag

Margaret Street Colours

Margaret Street Colours

Margaret Street Colours

Margaret Street Colours

HCS Reprise (greystone)

HCS Reprise (greystone)

HCS Reprise (greystone)

HCS Reprise (greystone)

General view of Private Room

General view of Private Room

'a glass of sweet and strange colour' vinyl

‘a glass of sweet and strange colour’ vinyl

'a glass of sweet and strange colour' slides

‘a glass of sweet and strange colour’ slides

'a glass of sweet and strange colour' slides

‘a glass of sweet and strange colour’ slides

Founding

I feel like I’m back on an art foundation course this week. I was painting on Monday, printmaking yesterday and today. I’ve done some photography and am booked in to do some filming tomorrow. I’m also arranging for some stone to be carved – sculpture by proxy. My ability to perform these processes also makes me feel like I’m just starting out again.

Many thanks to Justin Sanders for his help in the printroom.

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