Moneystone Quarry has been quarried by the Sibelco Group since the late 1960’s for silica sands, mainly for the production of container glass and ceramics. All quarrying finally came to a stop on the 30th of September 2011 after a planning application to extend the quarry further was rejected. Laver Leisure purchased the 420 acre site to develop a new £50 million leisure complex with adventure and water sport facilities along with 150 self catering lodges
A large Bath stone quarry, parts were used to store British art during WW2 and as an underground Royal Enfield factory. Part of the site is still used today by Wansdyke Security for secure storage space, other parts of the quarry are being quarried by Hanson.
Tropical reefs developed in warm, shallow seas during the Silurian Period, 440 – 410 million years ago. The fossilised remains of one of these reefs are preserved in limestone rocks in parts of England and Wales. This is Wenlock Limestone. Lea Quarry has been disused for little over 3 years now, but in its’ prime worked the local land for varying formations of Limestone. The Wenlock limestone occurs either as a series of thin limestones within shales or as thick massive beds; it is sometimes hard and crystalline and sometimes soft, earthy or concretionary. Bardon Aggregates took over the site and excavated the stone for commercial purposes, but also worked with local geologists in studying the land and collecting stone and fossil samples.
Wredon is a large quarry situated on the north-east side of the main peak, and just off the A52 main road from Ashbourne. It is a limestone quarry, owned by Tarmac, i am not sure how long it has been out of use but the paperwork indicates it has been since about 2003.
Kevin Quarry was used to produce almost 40 different products: road materials of dry and coated stone and powders of ground limestone which are used in almost every industry. They are also to be found in face and talcum powder, household cleansers, plastics, etc. The quarry itself has been mothballed since 2003 but the plant is still active. Plenty of unused buildings around the site. Due to the active side we had to do a bit of ducking and diving to avoid being spotted by the workers.