Shaping the Valley

The Landscape of the Washburn Valley

The name of the moor is derived from the adjacent Hanging Wood, a name often applied to woodland on a steeply sloping valley side. Its description as a moor implies that it has always been a wild and uncultivated area but in this case it is also clear that it has been an industrial centre too for there is clear evidence on the ground of mining and quarrying.

Sandstone has clearly been removed from a shallow quarry but without further investigation it is difficult to be sure whether the miners were seeking coal or iron or both. The iron rich effluent, however, indicates that there is an abundance of ore in the ground.

Mining and Quarrying on Hanging Moor - Photographs by Thomas Cox

Mining

Quarry and buildings

Mining Effluent on Hanging Moor