Quarry Maps then and now – Jordan Valley, Anderson Road, Diamond Hill, Kwai Chung and Cha Kwo Ling
Thomas Ngan and HF: Quarrying and Stone Breaking have a very long history in Hong Kong. Firstly providing dressed building stone and later aggregate for concrete.
Before 1966 there were many small ‘permit’ quarries scattered across Hong Kong. These mainly produced dressed building stone. The last of these quarries closed in 1974 after which only larger, licenced quarries were in operation.
Thomas found several quarries in a 1983 Lands Dept book. HF has added a contemporary google map of approximately the same area.
Unlike most mines in Hong Kong which have a well known name many quarries from the permit time or prior to that period do not including some of those shown below.
The photo accompanying this article shows Anderson Road quarry.
a) Jordan Valley Quarries Redeveloped though traces remain.
b) Anderson Road Quarry Closed but highly visible from HK island and elsewhere. Largest quarry in HK’s history? Current plan to redevelop with a maximum population of approximately 30,000, with the implementation of appropriate road improvement measures. Also plans for a Quarry Relics Park.
Diamond Hill Quarry Completely redeveloped.
Kwai Chung Appears to have been redeveloped into public housing.
Kai Tsz Shan, Cha Kwo Ling Quarries plus another unamed Uncertain of quarry remains.
This article was first posted on 4th November 2014.
Source: The older maps – ‘Hong Kong Streets & Places Volume 2 (Kowloon & the New Territories) 3rd edition 1983 by Survey Division, Lands Department, Hong Kong
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