places : castle bytham quarry
added 01/06/03 : updated
TheBythams area is littered with evidence of former and current quarrying
practice. In Castle Bytham, and also Little Bytham although on a smaller
scale, there is evidence of former quarrying very close to the centre
of the village. The location being acceptable in the past but something
which it is doubted would be quite so willingly welcomed today.
Much of the quarrying that takes place today is located to 'blend'
in with the surrounding landscape and so goes on, to some extent,
unnoticed behind man-made mounds and barriers of trees. The most noticeable
evidence of quarrying in the area to many today being the presence
of 'quarry-lorries' on local roads moving hundreds of tons of material
every year at a slow pace!
Within theBythams area Bullimores, whose head office is in South Witham,
seem to manage the bulk of the still working quarries.
When a quarry is no longer commercially viable then it is often left
to decay, becoming a haven for local wildlife and occasionally actively
managed for the benefit of the local community. A good example of
this being Stanton Pit on the
road between Little Bytham and Witham on the Hill.
In the case of the quarry in Castle Bytham the area has been left
to naturally decay and the images in this section of the website capture
this. The only use the quarry is put to currently is to serve as a
car park for the popular Mid-Summer
Fair in Castle Bytham in June each year.
If you know anything about the quarry or even worked there we would
be pleased to hear from you. Why not ... Contact