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"Mining in Surrey". Unknown date. Daily Mirror.

Very few of the countless Londoners who visit Box Hill and saunter up towards Betchworth know that there is, almost beneath their feet, one of the quaintest little "mines" in this land. Week after week workmen are busily engaged in extracting from the hill the housewife's useful friend "hearthstone" which is afterwards carted away to be made into step-powder.

Workmen filling a railway truck with hearthstone to be taken to London.
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Peter Burgess from Crawley posted this comment on Monday 17 February 2020 10:46:41.

This is the loading point from the Betchworth Hearthstone Mine onto standard gauge trucks on the private sidings of the Dorking Greystone Lime Company, near Betchworth Station. The mine closed by 1950 but was barely worked at all after WW2.



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