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Quarries Old and New

North-east Worcestershire (Bromsgrove and Redditch)

Quarries, north-east WorcestershireSandstones of the Triassic Sherwood Sandstone Group lying to the north and east of Bromsgrove (Kidderminster Formation and Wildmoor Formation) have been quarried in the past for silica sand used in foundries for casting and more recently for building sand. Production of aggregates from these sources is currently confined to the north of Bromsgrove, where there are four active quarries.

Glacial sand and gravel deposits are also present in the far north-east of the county, north of Redditch.

The archaeological resource of this part of the county is generally poorly known and there are no recorded finds from quarries. Despite the paucity of evidence, during the medieval and later periods documentary research shows that these quarries lie within a much wider area of ancient woodland landscape for which the broad outlines of settlement history and land-use are understood (Dyer 1991).

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