Processes involved in extracting stone from a quarry in Shrewsbury.
"In the distance, the old town of Shrewsbury..." High angle panning shot of Shrewsbury, Shropshire. "And 70 feet beneath Grinshill, the quarry folk labour with their picks and wedges." Low angle shot of a cliff face. Camera tilts down to show men at work at the bottom of the quarry.
M/S of man working. C/U of a man hammering in large metal posts to split a large piece of stone. Various shots of processes involved in extracting stone from the quarry. "Down below, you hope the crane won't jib." Low angle shot showing large piece of stone being moved by a crane. On the surface of the quarry, good M/S of man operating the crane, moving the stone into position.
"Then the rough freestone is marked out for sawing." M/S of two men marking out the stone. C/U of stone being split in two. "In earlier days, dressing was done by hand. Now a machine does it." M/S of piece of stone being moved into a cutting machine. "But the craftsman still remains the chief instrument to finish the stone for use." Panning shot showing a man carving a large piece of stone. Other craftsmen are seen in the background. Panning shot showing the carved pieces of stone.
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