Stones start talk season

HOW people carved their living from the stone around Branscombe is the subject of the first Branscombe Project winter talk of 2010 on Monday.

While people know a lot about landscape and land use, they often know much less about what lies below the ground and how it was exploited.

John Torrance’s talk, Working the Stones of Branscombe, is about the way in which people, from Neolithic times onwards, worked the local stone — flint tools, sandstone quarries, lime-burning, gypsum for plaster, flints for guns, clay for cob and beach pebbles for use in grinding-mills, and more.

This illustrated talk, at the village hall at 7.30pm, looks at when, where and how these activities were carried on in Branscombe. Entrance is free, donations are welcome.