Thursday, May 04, 2017

20 Images : 9. Greetings From Castleton

20 Images : 9. Greetings From Castleton


Gypsum - which gets made into plasterboard at the factory in Sherburn-in-Elmet - comes from a variety of locations, one of which is the north Midlands and Derbyshire. The town of Castleton in Derbyshire is famous for its mineral mines, in particular the famous Blue John mines, but at one time or another limestone, lead, galena and gypsum have been mined in the area around Mam Tor. Less than fifty miles south of Castleton is the brewing town of Burton-on-Trent and it is often claimed that it is the gypsum which is dissolved into the local water which gives Burton beers their unique taste. The postcard which is the basis of today's image is unused and undated, but from the quality and type of printing it is probably from the 1930s

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