Delabole Slate has been extracted since the 15th century and by 1602 the ‘hole’ was a notable feature recorded in Richard Carew’s 'Survey of Cornwall’.
During the reign of Elizabeth I (1533 – 1603) the five quarries assumed considerable importance, delivering slate “through the realm, and even exporting by sea to Brittany and the Netherlands”.
|The start of the Slate Road|
This wonderful bluish-hued slate is of high quality … still being valued today … and now the Quarry has been updated taking advantage of modern mining techniques.
|Coat of Arms of the|
Duchy of Cornwall
Before Delabole Slate came to the fore, the Duchy of Cornwall was established in 1337 by Royal Charter, out of the former Earldom of Cornwall by Edward III for his son, Edward, Prince of Wales, the “Black Prince”, who became the first Duke of Cornwall.
The Duchy consisted of two parts: the title and honour, and the landed estate that supported it financially. The estate does not cover the same boundaries as the county, and much of the estate has always been outside the Cornish County.
|100 year old Oak - used for Richard III's|
coffin in his recent reinterment
from the Duchy's Hereford estate
The Duchy has any number of objectives – especially maintaining its estates, its properties, protecting the environment … and in recent years celebrating their organic brand – which all started with an oatcake over two decades ago.
Duchy Originals adds to this perspective on life – preserving our heritage, upholding traditional skills and supporting local communities … all were of fundamental importance to the brand.
That is D for Delabole Slate and the Duke’s Duchy of Cornwall with its Duchy Originals ... from Aspects of British Cornish …
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