Hadspen Quarry

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Hadspen Quarry is a stone quarry in Somerset, England. It is shown on Ordnance Survey maps for 1888-90, and may have been in operation for a considerable period before that.[1]

It supplies natural stone walling throughout the West Country. The products include coursed, coursed random and random rubble walling. The stone is still split and dressed at the quarry located close to Hadspen house and garden in the small village of Hadspen, within the parish of Pitcombe just outside Castle Cary.

This golden colour limestone is seen in buildings in West Dorset and the surrounding areas, as can be seen at the Fleet Street site in Beaminster. Other products include name plaques, sawn ashlar quoins and capping stones.[2] The stone is an Inferior Oolite of the Garantiana Beds,[3] dating back to the Middle Jurassic.[4]

In 2007 Somerset County Council agreed a proposal to extend the size of the quarry by 0.3 hectares (0.74 acres).[5]


  1. ^ "Cary Hill Quarries, Castle Cary". Stone in Archaeology Database. University of Soputhampton. Retrieved 15 November 2010. 
  2. ^ "products". Hadspen Quarry Ltd. Retrieved 15 November 2010. 
  3. ^ "Somerset building stone – A Guide" (PDF). Somerset Archaeology and Natural History. 2002. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 January 2011. Retrieved 15 November 2010. 
  4. ^ Weishampel, David B; et al. (2004). "Dinosaur distribution (Middle Jurassic, Europe)." In: Weishampel, David B.; Dodson, Peter; and Osmólska, Halszka (eds.): The Dinosauria, 2nd, Berkeley: University of California Press. Pp. 538–541. ISBN 0-520-24209-2.
  5. ^ "Proposed 0.3ha extension to allow further building stone extraction and new access road, at hadspen quarry, lime kiln lane, nr castle cary". Somerset County Council. Retrieved 15 November 2010. 

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Coordinates: 51°04′53″N 2°29′40″W / 51.0813°N 2.4944°W / 51.0813; -2.4944