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 has been put to in recent years is to serve as a car park for the popular Mid-Summer Fair in Castle Bytham in June each year although this use ceased a few years before 2010.
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Added : 01/06/03 : Last Updated : 02/02/11 : MG