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High in the northern Pennines in an area known as 'The Great Limestone' is Harehope quarry, worked since the 12th century - both for the quality of its extraordinary limestone and its beautiful fossil-filled marble.

It's the hole in the ground from which the Romanesque masterpiece Durham Cathedral emerged.

This a radiophonic celebration of the history of the quarry.

It includes not only the voices of geologists, cavers, historians, ecologists and poets who've all been inspired by the place, but also former quarry workers, who had their own language for the seams and minerals to be found at Harehope, a language which has all but died out.

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High in the northern Pennines in an area known as 'The Great Limestone' is Harehope quarry, worked since the 12th century - both for the quality of its extraordinary limestone and its beautiful fossil-filled marble.

It's the hole in the ground from which the Romanesque masterpiece Durham Cathedral emerged.

This a radiophonic celebration of the history of the quarry.

It includes not only the voices of geologists, cavers, historians, ecologists and poets who've all been inspired by the place, but also former quarry workers, who had their own language for the seams and minerals to be found at Harehope, a language which has all but died out.