24 September 2015

Hanson to reopen Monks Park stone mine

Hanson Bath & Portland Stone is reopening its Monks Park stone mine in Gastard near Corsham.

The mine has been dormant since 2004 but an unexpected termination of Hanson’s lease at the nearby Hartham Park underground quarry has prompted the decision to reopen the site to safeguard specialist jobs and satisfy customer demand.

General Manager Rod Lafargue said the impact on local residents would be minimal. “On average, there will be up to six lorry movements a day from the mine entrance in Monks Lane. They will transport limestone blocks to specialist masonry works for shaping and cutting, including to our own facility at Keynsham.

“There will also be a small number of cars and light goods vehicles coming in and out for employees, visitors and deliveries.” He said some preliminary work on preparing the site to for reopening had already been carried out.

Monks Park stone is a high quality and attractive medium to fine grained Bath stone which is suitable for new buildings, ashlar, and detailed masonry work such as fireplaces. It has been used on The Podium in Bath, St James’s Parade, Bristol and the Calne Library as well as further afield in London and Oxford.

Bath stone is a nationally important building material which has been used throughout southern England for churches, houses and public buildings including sites of national and world heritage.