Criggion quarry community page

About the quarry

Criggion Quarry is set in the Breidden Hills on the mid wales border, between Powys and Shropshire. The quarry is a hard rock igneous deposit(basalt) mainly use in the road construction industry.

The documented history of the quarry was started in 1866. Up until the mid-1960s the quarry was worked as one face, which was one of the highest faces in Britain (600 feet).  At the time it was worked by men on ropes perched on small rock ledges using hand held compressed air drills.

The quarry historically had a rail-line used to transport the aggregates but this was superseded by road haulage in the 1960’s.

Criggion is a site of special scientific interest (SSSI) due to the flora and also it is classified as an ancient monument due to the partial Iron Age hill fort which lies on the top of the quarry.

Interesting fact:

The last man who worked the quarry by ropes in the traditional method only retired in 2008 after 44 years at the quarry.


We advertise our opportunities on the Hanson website, leading online job boards and the print media. We also attend a selection of career events at both national and local levels. Occasionally, recruitment agencies will represent us in attracting specialist skills. We have a preferred suppliers list of recruitment agencies and will accept applications from those so approved.

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Interesting fact:

Quarrying started at Criggion in 1866 originally to supply material for cobbling the streets of Manchester and other cities.

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Interesting fact:

 The majority of stone from Criggion is supplied to the North West of England but has been known to be sold as far as France.

Happy hikers enjoy overnight adventure

Happy hikers enjoy overnight adventure. Setting out... the group at Blodwell quarry
Setting out... the group at Blodwell quarry

Steve Andrews put his best feet forward when he joined a group of scouts for a 12-mile sponsored walk from the disused Blodwell quarry to Criggion.

“Fifteen youngsters aged 11 to 13 took part,” said Criggion quarry manager Steve, who was joined on the hike by LEAD apprentice James Johnson.

“We started off at Blodwell and walked a couple of miles to Llanymynech before camping the night.

“The next day we hiked the rest of the way to Criggion quarry.

“The youngsters from the Four Crosses Scouting Unit carried their own kit all the way and raised £540, which Hanson kindly match funded.”

The money will help buy new camping equipment.

Criggion quarry light a fire beacon to celebrate Queen's 90th birthday

Criggion Quarry lit a fire beacon at Rodney's Pillar above the quarry to celebrate the Queens' 90th birthday. 

Criggion quarry light a fire beacon to celebrate Queen's 90th birthday.

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Criggion quarry supports and sponsors the local Scouting Association and some of the workforce work closely with the group on a weekly basis.
Hanson helps charities and voluntary groups in communities close to our sites and offices through the Hanson in the Community scheme.

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Interesting fact:

Criggion is a site of special scientific interest due to the flora.

Site liaison

Steven Andrews - quarry manager

Tel: 01938 570 215


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Interesting fact:

The quarry is one of the few in the country which used a gravity rock pass to transport material from the top of the hill to the bottom. This is worked by a shaft dipping at about 50 degrees which is fed onto a conveyor in a tunnel at the bottom of the high quarry face and then out to the processing plant.

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Community visits

Some of Criggion Quarrys recent visitors include the local Women’s Institutes, local Scout and Cub groups, local archaeological associations and geological associations from far and wide.
If you are interested in upcoming visits, or would like to arrange one, please use the form below.

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