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About Bantycock Quarry

Saint-Gobain Formula is a leading global supplier of industrial plaster and gypsum products, based in 80 countries over five continents.

The high purity gypsum only found in our Bantycock Quarry near Newark is used in high-quality plaster products for applications such as:

  • Ceramics
  • Food manufacturing (eg. bread)
  • Brewing
  • Decorative work
  • Medical and dentistry
  • Animal feed.

Saint-Gobain Formula is a sister company of British Gypsum, the country’s leading manufacturer and supplier of gypsum-based plastering and drylining solutions. We extract and/or process gypsum at seven sites across the UK, two of which are in Nottinghamshire:

  • Bantycock Quarry, Newark
  • Marblaegis Mine, East Leake.

The history of gypsum quarrying

Over 150 years of gypsum quarrying in the Newark area

British Gypsum - Gypsum HistoryGypsum for carving (Alabaster) has been mined and quarried in the region since Roman times. It has been used around the world in historic buildings.

In the late 18th Century gypsum began to be extracted for plaster manufacture. This started in Nottinghamshire around Newark and East Leake.

Since then, gypsum has been mined and quarried locally at Orston, Kilvington, Staunton, Beacon Hill and Balderton (Bantycock, Grange, Hawton, Jericho, Staple Quarries).

Cafferata and Company started mining gypsum in Newark at Beacon Hill in 1862. They became part of British Gypsum in the 1930s.

The company’s plaster manufacturing factories were located at Beacon Hill and Hawton works. Jericho Works, which first opened in the 1930s, is still operating today and is supplied with gypsum from the adjacent Bantycock Quarry.

Bantycock Quarry

Gypsum has been extracted from Bantycock Quarry since the early 1980s

British Gypsum - Bantycock RestorationHigh quality gypsum reserves from the quarry are used by Saint-Gobain Formula (Jericho Works), to make plaster which is exported worldwide.

Bantycock gypsum is essential for Jericho Works. It is also an essential raw material for British Gypsum’s manufacturing sites in Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire.Our operations across the East Midlands support over 1,000 jobs.

We currently extract over 400,000 tonnes of gypsum here every year.

We continually restore the site as work progresses. During 2017, we restored 25 acres of land and planted 29,500 native trees.

In 2020, 20 acres of formerly quarried land will be restored to wildflower meadows, agriculture and woodland. We will also plant 5,000 native trees.

We will also cover a further 50 acres of formerly quarried land in topsoil, ready to be restored in 2021.

Geology

Like all minerals, gypsum can only be worked where it is found.

British Gypsum - Workable GypsumIn the UK, workable gypsum deposits are restricted to the following areas:

  • Triassic strata across the Midlands and the Eden Valley in Cumbria
  • Purbeck strata in East Sussex
  • Permian strata across North Yorkshire.
British Gypsum - Gypsum SeamsBantycock Quarry uses the thin, high purity Newark gypsum seams (white bands as seen here) that are only found in this area and cannot be economically worked using underground mining techniques.

Economic Contribution

We are a proud local employer

British Gypsum - Bantycock Employees
  • Over 150 staff employed at the quarry/works
  • 60 staff live within a five-mile radius of the site
  • 48 of those live within a two-mile radius of the site
  • 50 local contractor businesses used, including waste, transport and site services
  • Over £200,000 annual business rates are paid to Newark & Sherwood District Council
  • £7M invested in new plant and machinery at Bantycock Quarry
  • £6M invested in modernising and upgrading the Saint-Gobain Formula factory.

Being a good neighbour

We are committed to being good neighbours and want to hear feedback from our local community.

Our actions in the community include:

  • Contributing to local charities
  • Working with local schools 
  • Volunteering with Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust 
  • Improving visual impact
  • Improving road safety
  • Quarry visits.
Barnby Road Academy and Chuter Ede Primary School in Balderton - Archaeology experience Bantycock Quarry - Archeology Experience
Planting of trees and daffodils was carried out to remember airmen and soldiers who took part in one of the largest airborne attacks of World War II – ‘Operation Market Garden’. The quarry site was formerly home to the RAF Balderton airfield between 1941 – 1954.
Bantycock Quarry - Planting Trees
Supporting Natural History Museum scientists with rock samples for analysis as part of their research into signs of past life on Mars. Bantycock Quarry - Natural History Museum

Working through Covid-19

Throughout the challenges of Covid-19, Saint-Gobain Formula’s Bantycock Quarry and Jericho Works continued to supply plaster and gypsum products for essential businesses, such as:

Food manufacture (including as a dough strengthener in bread), animal feed and construction products (including hospital projects such as the Nightingale Hospital in London).

Bantycock Quarry - Supporting the Nation