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Disused Quarries

The County has many disused quarries which may yield potential sources of stone, subject to landowner (and possibly planning) permission. During medieval times almost every settlement had a small quarry to supply local needs, for building the church, manor house and more important vernacular buildings, and sometimes a delf for producing stone slates. The majority were unrecorded and are now degraded to the extent that they may be unrecognisable. Subsequent changes in land ownership and usage may well render such sources inaccessible.

The recording of disused quarries does not imply accessibility or suitability. It should be realised that any disused quarry might have been used for landfill and may have been backfilled entirely. Old quarry faces are rarely maintained and may be in a dangerous state of instability. Furthermore, quarries are often poorly drained and the floors may be very boggy; lakes may be very deep and cold. Do not trespass.

It is strongly recommended that the owner’s permission be sought before visiting any potential quarry and the feasibility and quality of available stone assessed, to ensure compatibility with existing material and assurance that sufficient new material can be supplied within the timescale of the project. There can be considerable variation within a single quarry, depending on the bed(s) that can be worked.

The identification of historic quarries must not be construed as a presumption in support of future working. Circumstances change over time and many of the best historical sources of supply are now in sensitive or statutorily protected areas (e.g. SSSI’s) where it may be difficult to obtain planning permission.

A lot of these sites have become re-vegetated and may contain features of ecological value. Furthermore, many old quarry sites and particularly the smaller ones may now no longer be clearly recognisable as quarries due to erosion, vegetation, and sometimes infilling.

It should be realised that Landowners may be sensitive to old quarry sites being considered as potential sources of supply, and may not welcome enquiries for access, inspection or potential for reworking.

Some sites are of particular geological interest regionally (RIGS) and formally recorded by the County planning authority. More detail is available on LocalView, displayed in map form. If you know the name of the site, or a keyword that can be searched for, then many of Shropshire’s RIGS, LIGS and SSSIs can be retrieved from this table.

You may also wish to consider the use of recycled stone, recovered from demolished buildings in the vicinity.

Due to potential issues regarding accessibility or suitability, a comprehensive table of recorded disused quarries cannot be presented here. The map provides a general indication of distribution, and individual records are held on the County Sites and Monuments Register.

Below is a selection of the more important historical quarries (most of which are of particular geological interest regionally (RIGS) and formally recorded by the County planning authority).

 

Quarries are listed by Parish (plus two entries for Herefordshire & Radnorshire)
followed by Location with Grid Ref 
Stratigraphy and in some cases Principle Building Stone | RIGS ID (as used in LGS table) for each quarry in that parish.

General distribution of disused quarries in Shropshire

General distribution of disused quarries in Shropshire. Click map to enlarge.

All Stretton
All Stretton Buxton Quarry – All Stretton | SO 459 955 | Precambrian: Stretton Series: Stretton Shale Group; Buxton Rock; Burway Group | RIGS ID 1128

Alveley
Alveley Alveley Grindstone Quarry | SO 758 848 | Late Carboniferous providing exposures of red sandstones of the Keele Formation.

Bettws-y-Crwyn
Bettws-y-Crwyn Rhyd-y-Groes | SO 200 814 | Silurian; Clun Forest Formation | RIGS ID 1355

Bishop’s Castle
The Wintles Bishop’s Castle | SO 323 93 | Silurian; Bailey Hill Formation

Bitterley
Bitterley Upper Lydwyche Quarry
Devonian: Lower Old Red Sandstone: Ditton Series (Lower Group). –

Bitterley Radar Quarry (formerly East Quarry) – Titterstone Clee | SO 596 778 | Dolerite (Upper Carboniferous) intruded into Carboniferous Coal Measures | RIGS ID 1217

Bourton
Bourton Lilleshall Quarry entrance  | SO 579 971 | Silurian: Wenlock Series:
Much Wenlock Formation: Reef facies; and Wenlock Limestone. | RIGS ID 944

Bromfield
Bromfield Wigmore Road; Mortimer Forest Geology Trail Silurian: Lower Whitcliffe Beds –

Burwarton
Burwarton Clee Burf – Burwarton | SO 593 843 | Dolerite above Coal Measures | RIGS ID 1216

Cardington
Cardington Comley Quarry – Cardington | SO 484 965 | Cambrian: Lower Comley: Lower Comley Sandstones and Limestones. | RIGS ID 974

Cardington Yell Bank – Chatwall | SO 513 973 |  Ordovician: Caradoc Series: Chatwall Flags and Sandstone. | RIGS ID 925

Chirbury with Brompton
Chirbury with Brompton Kinton Quarry | SO 290 995 |
Ordovician: pre-Lower Llandovery Caradocian dolerite intrusion | RIGS ID 31

Chirbury with Brompton Whittery Quarry – Chirbury | SO 274 981 | Ordovician: Caradoc: Whittery Volcanics and Shales. | RIGS ID 413

Church Preen
Church Preen Church Preen Quarry | SO 542 977 | Silurian: Llandovery Series: Kenley Grit | RIGS ID 930

Church Stretton
Church Stretton Wiresytch Quarry – Church Stretton | SO 446 914 | Ordovician: Harnage Shales; Longmyndian: Wentnor Series | RIGS ID 1110

Church Stretton Burway Quarry Precambrian: Longmyndian: Burway Group –
Church Stretton Botvyle Quarry | SO 473 958 | Silurian: Lower Ludlow Shales and Aymestry Group. | RIGS ID 1144

Church Stretton Willstone Road Quarry | SO 475 947 | Cambrian conformable junction between dipping Lower Comley Sandstone and Wrekin Quartzite | RIGS ID 1149

Church Stretton Cardingmill Valley (Church Stretton) | SO 449 943 | Precambrian; Longmyndian; Burway Formation | RIGS ID 1400

Cleobury Mortimer
Cleobury Mortimer Barnsland Farm nr Cleobury Mortimer | SO 665 743 | Silurian; Pridoli Series; Downtonian Stage | RIGS ID 1407

Clun
Clun Bicton (NNE) – Clun | SO 292 833 | Silurian: Clun Forest Formation | RIGS ID 1044

Clun Colstey (Bury Ditches W) SO 305 839 | Silurian: Cefn Einion Formation. | RIGS ID 196

Clun Rock of Woolbury – Clun SO 314 797 | Silurian: Cefn Einion Formation (upper part) | RIGS ID 1049

Clungunford
Clungunford Shelderton Rock | SO 418 778  | Silurian: Ludlow Series: Aymestry Group. | RIGS ID 144

Colebatch
Colebatch Colebatch (W) – Bishop’s Castle | SO 315 874 | Silurian: Bailey Hill Formation | RIGS ID 200

Culmington
Culmington Norton Camp Wood | SO 444 811  | Silurian: Ludlow Series: Aymestry Group | RIGS ID 338

Dawley Hamlets
Dawley Hamlets Doseley Quarry | SJ 675 068 | Lower Carboniferous: Dinantian: Little Wenlock Basalt. | RIGS ID 834

Diddlebury
Diddlebury Moorwood Scarp – Strefford Wood | SO 453 856 |  Silurian: Wenlock Series: Tickwood Beds and Wenlock Limestone | RIGS ID 354
Diddlebury Upper Westhope (S) | SO 479 864 | Silurian: Ludlow Series: Aymestry Group | RIGS ID 376

Easthope
Easthope Easthope; Limekiln Rough Silurian: Wenlock Series: Much Wenlock Formation: Wenlock Limestone (non-reef) –

Eaton Constantine
Eaton Constantine Eaton Constantine | SJ 592 064 | Upper Carboniferous: Upper Westphalian: Coed yr Allt Beds. | RIGS ID 873

Eaton under Heywood
Eaton under Heywood Soudley Quarry | SO 477 918 | Upper Ordovician: Caradoc Series: Horderley (Soudley) Sandstone Formation: Alternata Limestone Formation: Cheney Longville Formation. | RIGS ID 977

Edgmond
Edgmond The Rockhole | SJ714194 | Permo-Trias: Chester Pebble Beds. | RIGS ID 1332

Edgton
Edgton Ridgeway Hill | SO 397 865 | Silurian: Ludlow Series: Edgton Limestone. | RIGS ID 258

Farlow
Farlow Oreton Quarry | SO 651 807 | Carboniferous Limestone of upper part Z zone | RIGS ID 1223

Frodesley
Frodesley Lawley (NE) Precambrian: Uriconian Volcanics –

Great Ness
Great Ness Nesscliffe Hill | SJ 385 019 | Triassic: Sherwood Sandstone Formation: Wilmslow Sandstone; and Helsby Sandstone (Ruyton Sandstone). RIGS ID 1276

Grinshill
Grinshill Grinshill Quarries | SJ 523 238 | Triassic: Sherwood Sandstone Group (Grinshill Sandstone Member) and Mercia Mudstone (Tarporley Siltstone Formation and Bollin Mudstone Formation). | RIGS ID 1272

Hope Bowdler
Hope Bowdler Hazler Quarry – Hope Bowdler | SO 463 924 | Precambrian (Uriconian Volcanics); Ordovician (Caradoc Series: Harnage Shales) | RIGS ID 915

Hopesay
Hopesay Onny Valley | SO 412 861 Unconformity between Ordovician (Caradoc: Hoar Edge Grit) and Precambrian (Longmyndian). | RIGS ID 290

Hopton Castle
Hopton Castle Hopton Park – Hopton Castle | SO 358 777 | Silurian: Bailey Hill Formation. | RIGS ID 85

Hughley
Hughley Knowle Quarry – Wenlock Edge | SO 585 977 | Silurian: Wenlock Series: Much Wenlock Limestone Formation. | RIGS ID 912

Lilleshall & Donnington
Lilleshall & Donnington Lilleshall limestone quarries | SJ 734 165 | Lower Carboniferous: Dinantian: Visean: Carboniferous Limestone. | RIGS ID 911

Little Wenlock
Little Wenlock Maddock’s Hill Quarry | SJ 645 087 | Ordovician: Tremadoc: Shineton Shales; intruded by Camptonite. | RIGS ID 1024

Llanfair Waterdine
Llanfair Waterdine Bwlch to Cwm-cold | SO 240 778 | Silurian; Bailey Hill Formation | RIGS ID 1366

Llanybodwel
Llanybodwel Dolgoch Quarry | SJ 277 245 | Lower Carboniferous Limestone | RIGS ID 851

Llanymynech & Pant
Llanymynech & Pant Llanymynech and Blodwell Rocks | SJ 269 220 | Lower Carboniferous: Carboniferous Limestone: Lower Limestone. | RIGS ID 1348

Llanymynech & Pant Blodwell Quarry | SJ 257 229 |  Carboniferous keratophyre. –
Llanymynech & Pant Nantmawr Quarry Carboniferous Limestone. –

Ludford
Ludford Poughnhill (Tinker’s Hill/Caynham Camp)
| SO 538 734 | Silurian; Ludlow Series; Whitcliffe Formation | RIGS ID 1384

Ludlow
Ludlow Dinham Quarry – Ludlow | SO 505 746 | Silurian: Ludlow Series: Whitcliffe Beds. | RIGS ID 178

Ludlow Whitcliffe Main (W) | SO 506 744 | Silurian: Ludlow Series: Whitcliffe Beds. Predominantly grey calcareous siltstone. | RIGS ID 707

Ludlow Ludlow (Fishmore Road Quarry) | SO 513 755 | Silurian; Pridoli Series; Downtonian Stage. Predominantly reddish brown mudstone with thin sandstone. | RIGS ID 1406

Lydbury North
Lydbury North Stank Lane quarry – Lydbury North | SO 349 872 | Silurian: Bailey Hill Formation. | RIGS ID 215

Mainstone
Mainstone Black Bank (Maesggwyn) | SO 228 881 | Silurian; Knucklas Castle Formation | RIGS ID 1361

Mainstone Dolfawr (Lower & Middle) | SO 257 888 | Silurian; Ludlow Series; Bailey Hill Formation | RIGS ID 1401

Minsterley
Minsterley Callow Hill Quarry Ordovician: Hope Group –

More
More Ridge Quarry (old) | SO 323 933 | Ordovician: Hope/Stapeley Beds of Llanvirn Series; intruded by dolerite/gabbro) | RIGS ID 1051

More Tasker Quarry – More | SO 325 956 | Ordovician: Llanvirn: Stapeley Volcanics Group and Stapeley Shales. | RIGS ID 43

Much Wenlock
Much Wenlock Wenlock Edge (N) (Edgefield Quarry) | SJ 608 001 | Silurian: Wenlock Limestone (reef facies) | RIGS ID 807

Much Wenlock Shadwell Quarry – Much Wenlock | SJ 626 009 | Silurian: Wenlock Series: Much Wenlock Limestone. | RIGS ID 883

Much Wenlock Farley Quarry – Gleedon | SJ 628 016 | Silurian: Wenlock Series: Wenlock Limestone and Reef. | RIGS ID 884

Newport
Newport Weald Moors Holocene; peat –

Onibury
Onibury Onibury – Hale Bank Quarry | SO 453 794 Silurian: Ludlow Series: Upper Ludlow Shales. | RIGS ID 158

Oswestry Rural
Oswestry Rural Sweeney Mountain (west ridge) | SJ 277 256 | Upper Carboniferous: Millstone Grit: Cefn-y-Fedw Sandstone. | RIGS ID 852
Oswestry Rural Racecourse Quarry – Oswestry. | SJ 256 298 | Carboniferous: Namurian: Cefn-y-fedw Sandstone (Millstone Grit) | RIGS ID 1000

Pontesbury
Pontesbury Poles Coppice – Pontesbury | SJ 390 046 |  Ordovician: Arenig Series: Shelve Group: Stiperstones Quartzite. | RIGS ID 62

Ruyton-XI-Towns
Ruyton-XI-Towns Ruyton Cliffe (S) | SJ 393 220 Triassic: Keuper Series: Ruyton Sandstone. | RIGS ID 1261

Shelve
Shelve Mucklewick Hill (SW) | SO 328 966 | Ordovician; Llandeilo; Hope Shale Formation; Hyssington Volcanic Member | RIGS ID 1399

Sibdon Carwood
Sibdon Carwood High Wood (N) (Longville Plantation south) | SO 412 851 | Ordovician: Caradoc: Chatwall Sandstone. | RIGS ID 289

Stanton Lacy
Stanton Lacy Whitbatch | SO 519 778 | Devonian: Dittonian: Old Red Sandstone. –

Stokesay
Stokesay Norton Camp Wood scarp | SO 447 822 | Silurian: Ludlow Series: Lower Ludlow Shales or Aymestry Group. | RIGS ID 344

Stokesay View Edge Quarries | SO 426 807 | Silurian: Ludlow Series: Aymestry Group. | RIGS ID 13

Stottesdon
Stottesdon Raggits Quarry Carboniferous –

Stowe
Stowe Lurkenhope – Stowe | SO 288 742 | Silurian: Ludlow Series. | RIGS ID 72

The Gorge
The Gorge Lincoln Hill – Ironbridge | SJ 670 040 | Silurian: Wenlock Series: Benthall Beds. | RIGS ID 904

The Gorge Lincoln Hill – Ironbridge | SJ 673 040 | Upper Carboniferous: Lower Coal Measure Sandstone overlying Silurian: Wenlock Series: Benthall Beds. | RIGS ID 906

Tibberton & Cherrington
Tibberton & Cherrington Shray Hill – Cherrington | SJ 656 193 | Permo-Trias: Chester Pebble Beds. | RIGS ID 1330

Uffington
Uffington Ebury Hill – Uffington | SJ 545 165 |  Precambrian: Wentnor Group: Bayston-Oakswood Formation: Darnford Conglomerate. | RIGS ID 847

Upton Magna
Upton Magna The Criftin
| SJ 551 138 | Precambrian; Longmyndian; Stretton Group undivided of Haughmond Hill | RIGS ID 1378

Wellington
Wellington Ercall Hill | SJ 643 096 | Precambrian: Uriconian Volcanics. Cambrian: Wrekin Quartzite: Comley Beds | RIGS ID 1022

Wentnor
Wentnor Green Farm – Wentnor | SO 386 932 | Precambrian: Longmyndian: Wentnor Series: Bridges Group | RIGS ID 1294

Westbury
Westbury Quarry Woods | SJ 365 087 | Carboniferous; Upper Coal Measures; Westphalian C; Coed yr Allt Beds. | RIGS ID 1376

Wheathill
Wheathill Beson Farm Quarry Devonian: Old Red Sandstone: Dittonian Series –

Whitchurch
Whitchurch Whixall Moss Holocene: peat –

Wistanstow
Wistanstow Longville Plantation (S) | SO 410 852 | Ordovician: Caradoc: Chatwall Sandstone and Chatwall Flags. | RIGS ID 283

Wistanstow Horderley Quarries (Milestone) – Wistanstow | SO 415 859 | Ordovician: Caradoc: Chatwall (Horderley) Sandstone. | RIGS ID 301

Wistanstow Cwm Head Road Quarry Precambrian: Wentnor Series. –

Wistanstow Woolston Quarry Ordovician: Chatwall Sandstone (adjacent to Alternata Limestone) –

Worfield
Worfield The Hermitage – Bridgnorth | SO 728 934 | Permian (Bridgnorth Sandstone) and Lower Triassic (Kidderminster Conglomerate). | RIGS ID 842

Worfield Rindleford Quarry | SO 738 956 | Lower Triassic: Kidderminster Conglomerate. Mostly the sandy facies | RIGS ID 955

Worthen & Shelve
Worthen and Shelve Hope Valley – Worthen | SJ 342 015 | Ordovician (Hope Shales) and Silurian (Llandovery Venusbank Formation). | RIGS ID 22

Worthen and Shelve Meadowtown Quarry Ordovician: Llandeilo Series: Meadowtown Member. –

Worthen and Shelve Stapeley Hill (SE) – Worthen with Shelve | SO 310 982 | Ordovician: Llanvirn Series: Hope Group; Stapeley Volcanic Formation; Shelve Formation; Stapeley Volcanic Member. | RIGS ID 1306

Wrockwardine
Wrockwardine Lawrence Hill (Forest Glen) Quarrry | SJ 640 093 | Precambrian: Uriconian Volcanics. | RIGS ID 827

Wroxeter & Uppington
Wroxeter & Uppington Charlton Hill | SJ 589 075 | Precambrian: Uriconian Volcanics | RIGS ID 872

Herefordshire
Herefordshire Aymestrey Main Quarry Silurian: Upper Bringewood Beds (Aymestry Limestone); Lower Leintwardine Beds. Stratotype for Aymestry Limestone –
Herefordshire Church Hill Quarry (‘Starfish Quarry’); Leintwardine Silurian: Ludlow Series: Lower and Upper Leintwardine Beds –

Herefordshire Mocktree Quarries; Todding; Leintwardine Silurian: Ludlovian: Upper Bringewood and Lower Leintwardine –

Radnorshire
Radnorshire Knucklas Castle Silurian: Ludlovian Knucklas Castle Beds. Type locality for Silurian Knucklas Castle Beds . –
Radnorshire Craig-y-don Wood Silurian: Ludlovian Knucklas Castle Beds. –

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