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Expert says quarry is a vital part of Clee Hill heritage
A PUBLIC meeting has been called to mark the next stage in a plan to preserve the history of the Clee Hills.
The history etched into Tittterstone Clee is of great important locally, but also nationally with one of the earliest hydroelectric stations in the world developed here and some of the first reinforced concrete still visible in the quarry buildings that remain on the hill.
To help conserve this rich heritage, the Clee Hill Partnership has put together a Heritage Lottery bid to conserve the history and wildlife of Titterstone Clee and its surrounds.
“We have organised a public event for people to come along and find out more about Clee Hill’s fascinating heritage and local wildlife, and hear more about the heritage project that is being proposed,” said Clare Fildes, development officer for the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
“Local expert and archaeologist, Glynn Barrett, will be talking about the Field and McKay quarry complex which was active in the late 19th century; Alf Jenkins, Titterstone Clee Heritage Trust, will explain a little about the livelihoods of people living around Clee Hill at that time; and Leo Smith and Fiona Gomershall, from the Clee Hill Community Wildlife Group, will be joining us to discuss the wildlife of Clee Hill Common, their survey work and local wildlife sites.”
The meeting is on Wednesday November 6 starting at 6.30pm at Cleeton St Mary village hall.
Displays on the field and McKay quarry buildings, the railway and Bitterley Junction, Benson’s Brook Hydroelectric Scheme and the wealth of wildlife will be on show in Clee Hill Primary School from 3pm.
Then from 6.30pm, a series of presentations, including one on the proposed Clee Hill Heritage Project, will be given at Cleeton St Mary village hall.
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