Barton quarry community page

About Barton Quarry

Barton Quarry is a sand and gravel quarry located next to the A38, South of Burton-on-Trent. It opened in 1972 and covers an area of 290Ha and is currently producing approximately 500kt of and and gravel per annum through 2 processing plants. The Quartzitic material it produces from a river terrace deposit alongside the river Trent is primarily used for concrete and concrete products. Current reserves are around 3.2Mt, with a proposed extension providing a further 7Mt to the west of the existing site.

The site currently has 14 employees.

Interesting Fact:

Barton was the site of one of the largest combined Emergency services training exercises in 2014 involving over 100 representative from the Fire Service, RAF, Army, Police and St Johns Ambulance.

Archaeological excavations at Barton Quarry

Hanson’s twelve-year relationship with Phoenix Consulting Archaeology Ltd has resulted in a number of excavations taking place across the quarry, with significant archaeological items being recovered dating from the Neolithic period (c. 3,500-2,000 BC) through to Medieval times (1066-1500). Barton Quarry has revealed a plethora of significant archaeological evidence providing a valuable source of information to historians and the local community about the past.

Read the full precis by Dr Andy Richmond, Phoenix Consulting Archaeology 

Excavation of a rectangular Saxon enclosure at Barton quarry.

 Excavation of a rectangular Saxon enclosure

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Interesting Facts:

Barton Quarry is located on the site of the Anglo-Saxon Village of Catholme, which was featured in the BBC documentary “Saxon Hoard – A golden discovery” in 2011.

Community visits

If you are interested in upcoming visits, or would like to arrange one, please use the form below.

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Presenter Maddie Moat gets to grips with gravel.

Barton quarry and concrete plant in Staffordshire is to feature in a children’s TV programme showing how concrete is made.

Barton assist upgrading local footpaths

The team at Barton quarry has helped a local youngster complete a Duke of Edinburgh Award project to upgrade local footpaths.

The team at Barton quarry has helped a local youngster complete a Duke of Edinburgh Award project to upgrade local footpaths.

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Community involvement

Hanson part funded the Mythaholme bridge, which was installed at the Southern end of the site in 2004 and spans the River Trent. The bridge will eventually form part of the extended “Trent Valley way” long distance footpath, which will run from Birmingham to the Humber estuary.


Restoration progressively follows mineral extraction of this previously degraded landscape, due to intensive agriculture and river-drainage management. It aims to provide as natural an environment as possible, relating back to the original post glacial landscape of Floodplain Forest and wetlands that would have existed alongside a natural river with braided and backwater channels and oxbow lakes. 

With early settlement and some woodland clearance this floodplain landscape would have incorporated such features as Riparian and wet floodplain woodland which fits in with the surrounding National Forest, enclosing open water with wetland margins and island complexes, flood meadows and wood pasture grazing areas.

These varied habitats are rapidly being reproduced and will provide ecosystems for species such as wildfowl and wading birds, fish and aquatic invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles and mammals, such as otter and water vole.

A selection of illustrated examples of floodplain and river channel restoration recently undertaken by Hanson Aggregates.


We help charities and voluntary groups in communities close to our sites and offices through the Hanson in the Community scheme.

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Dominic Hodgson.

Site liaison

Dominic Hodgson, unit manager

Tel: 0128 371 2140


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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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