Q is for Quarries

Did you know?
You can still see the remains of some significant quarries in St Loyes. For some houses, the quarry face is their garden wall!

Heavitree breccia is the local stone. The stone and the quarries are named after Heavitree, but the origins are in St Loyes. Yet another example of St Loyes being the digestive system of Exeter, the source of much of what it needs. Many of Exeter’s most interesting and historic buildings are built of breccia. It has a character all of its own. It’s a deep, Devonian red but is particularly characterised by being very coarse in texture.

“Q is for Quarries” is an interactive mobile tour around an A-Z of 26 different Heavitree breccia sites around the city of Exeter. There is one site for each letter of the alphabet, each telling its own story about the use of this material. L is for St Loye’s Chapel, and Q is of course for the Quarries.

Did you know?
St Loye is the patron saint of miners as well as goldsmiths!

There are two different versions of the trail. Placeify is a website designed for mobile devices. It presents an ordered trail, and allows for text and audio about each site. TiCL is an app using geolocation to find and direct the user to the nearest trail location. Each TiCL site links to a website with more information.

If you want, you can follow the whole alphabet. There’s a challenge for a day out in Exeter! Or you can create your own trail, like spelling out your own name. For example…
SOPHIE takes you to shops and houses, boundary walls, churches, and two historic bridges
RYAN takes you to a castle, defensive walls, chapel, and priory

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“Q is for Quarries” is part of the Heavitree Quarry Trails project. This came out of the place-based Heavitree Squilometre project animated by JoJo Spinks of Interwoven Productions, and was also supported by Exeter City Council. There is much more on the Heavitree Quarry Trails website, including three leaflets describing Heavitree Stone trails around particular areas of Exeter, and the Heavitree Stone font.