Quarrying at Mountsorrel has been from a number of different locations over the years. The first site was at Castle Hill (named for a Norman castle on once on the site).
A quarry on the eastern edge of Buddon Wood was opened in 1821 by the Earl of Lanesborough and the site of the main Mountsorrel quarry was also owned by the Earl though leased to a Mr Jackson to work.
In 1842 John Martin took over Buddon Wood quarry, in 1848 he took over the main mountsorrel quarry too. The Mountsorrel Granite Company was formed in 1854 still with the involvement of Martin and his family operated quarries in the area until they sold out to Redlands in 1960.
The quarry got a rail link in 1860. As well as crushed stone the quarry produced paving setts and kerbs. Production of the setts ceased in 1936 and kerb production ended in 1940.
The main Mountsorrel quarry stopped production in 1967 and rock then came to the plant from Cocklow Wood Quarry.
Under Redland's ownership the quarry became the biggest granite quarry in Europe. Redlands were taken over by Lafarge Aggregates who still operate the quarry.
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