Ironstone quarrying is one of the earliest
industries to have built up in the area, owing to the large ironstone
deposits to be found underground. Quarrying was begun in Corby in 1880 by
a Birmingham industrialist, Samuel Lloyd. There were also quarries at
Rockingham and Desborough.
The area is also rich in limestone, used
for building. It was also burned to make lime for building and
There is mention of a quarry at Cottingham
next to the 'New Coppice' wildlife trust site, a narrow strip of ancient
woodland near to the medieval track of Middleton Lane, which is the road
that runs across the top of the Dale.