A little bit of History

Stone quarrying first began in Stoney Stanton at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Granite from local quarries was used to repair roads. Around 1850, a railway line was built to move granite out of Top Pit. The railway line ran through a tunnel and surfaced near St Michael's Church in the center of Stoney Stanton linking the village with the busy Birmingham to Leicester line.

This was a very dangerous occupation and many of the quarrymen lost their lives in one way or another during their daily routine and very long hours.
During the quarry's working life, the spring water was a constant problem. Pumps were used to prevent the quarry from flooding. When all quarrying ceased in 1958, spring water was allowed to flood the quarry workings. Five years later, the flooded quarry had already become popular with local pioneers of diving and water skiing.

The discovery of North Sea oil was important to the development of
Stoney Cove. During the 1960s and 1970s, the flooded quarry was used to train commercial divers en route for the North Sea. The facility was also used for developing and testing underwater equipment destined for use in the oil fields.

In 1978, Stoney Cove Marine Trials Ltd was formed to develop the full potential of Stoney Cove for scuba diving and commercial underwater activities. Since then there has been a continuous programme of improvements which began with a tarmac surface for the waterside parking area. A shower facility and that most important item, a pub, followed soon after. September 1999 saw the completion of a new access road and entrance to Stoney Cove. Beneath the new road is a drain system that directs rainwater and silts from the cliffs and banks away from Stoney Cove during storms. This has significantly improved underwater visibility during rainy periods.

But that's not all. The Stanegarth, the U.K.'s largest inland ship wreck, and the Nautilus submarine have both provided major new attractions.
And the development of
Stoney Cove continues apace with work now started on a state-of-the-art dive Center building containing new breathing gas production facilities and a medical centre

training pool
Have you seen their training pool yet. Its 4 metres deep, heated to 29 degrees C and perfect for teaching confined water skills. This really is the place to take those first tentative fin strokes into the Underwater world. Our pool along with superb classrooms are available at very attractive rates to clubs, schools and other organisations, call for details.

We also hire their conferencing rooms with modern digital projection, tea and coffee available along with refreshment packages in Nemo's Restaurant. Stoney Coves training pool is available for hire, complete with the diving gear if required, for further information call The Dive School 01455273089
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