Torr Works

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The railhead at Torr Works
The entrance to Torr Works Quarry
Class 08 shunter 08032 in the yard at Torr Works

Torr Works quarry, grid reference ST695446 is a limestone quarry at East Cranmore, near Shepton Mallet on the Mendip Hills, Somerset, England. The quarry was formerly known as Merehead, a name which has been retained for its rail depot on the opposite side of the A361 road.

The site covers an area of some 205 hectares, including 60 hectares which have been landscaped to blend with the surrounding countryside.[1] It has been operated by Aggregate Industries since their take over of Foster Yeoman in 2006.[2] The site employs over 250 people and produces 7.5 million tonnes of limestone annually which is carried directly from the quarry by Mendip Rail.[3]

A Geodiversity audit of the site recorded pale to dark grey well bedded Carboniferous Limestone dipping consistently southwards with a small area of overlying horizontally bedded buff-coloured Jurassic oolitic limestone forming an angular unconformity.[4]

See also


  1. ^ "Geology of the Mendip Hills". Southampton University. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  2. ^ "Torr Works and Asham Wood". British Geological Survey. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  3. ^ "Torr Quarry: Proposed Deepening" (PDF). Aggregate Industries. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  4. ^ "Torr Quarry". Geodiversity Audit of Active Aggregate Quarries: Quarries in Somerset. Retrieved 2007-02-16.

External links

  • Mineral data for this quarry from

Coordinates: 51°11′59″N 2°26′16″W / 51.19979°N 2.43791°W / 51.19979; -2.43791

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