Remains of Middlebere Quay, Corfe Castle Estate. Towards the end of the 18th century clay pits were being dug at Norden to extract ball clay, in 1805 a tramway (technically known as a plateway - see http://www.citizan.org.uk/interactive-coastal-map/48746/) was built to transport the clay to barges moored at Middlebere Quay, which eventually fell out of use in 1905 as the clay began to be moved by train instead of barge. The quay was later used in WWII when the land was requisitioned by the war department.
The tramway ran for approximately 3 miles, the line of which can still be seen today along with several limestone blocks used to support the plates. It is though to be the earliest tramway in Dorset. An OS map from 1901 shows the extent of the quay as including two piers, a slipway, several buildings and a windlass.
The remains of the quay include a series of Purbeck limestone walls and a series of wooden piles protruding from the mudflats, ball clay can also be seen spread across the site. The site was re-visited by CITiZAN in July 2017 with help from the University of Southampton and National Trust volunteers and an RTK GPS system was used to plot the timbers, the site will be re-visited in the winter of 2017 to plot the remains of the tramway.
A study of the site was also carried out in 1982 by Martin Papworth as part of his dissertation and a survey of the site was drawn by B Langdown in 2007.
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