The location of Wheatley conferred on it many geological riches, which have been exploited for as long as there has been a settlement here.
The geological maps show the outcrop of Wheatley limestone and the locations of the pits, including the substantial Lye Hill quarry in Forest Hill, as well as the occurrence of Kimmeridge clay. These pits were within the area of the royal forest of Shotover so, consequentially, royal licences to quarry were required.
Detailed paper is an attachment.
Taunt 1887 photo of the stone pit and lock up.