Lovell buys the freehold of Hartham Park
Lovell Stone Group has successfully acquired the freehold of Hartham Park Bath Stone mine in Corsham, Wiltshire.
Lovell says owning the land and the mineral rights gives the Group confidence to continue to invest in the mine and continue to develop it to ensure the long term future and security of this historically important British stone.
Hartham Park has 100 acres of consented reserve underground containing more than 900,000 tonnes of high-quality Bath Stone, including Hartham Ground Stone, Box Ground and the recently developed T2 Base Bed and T4 Bed, from which come some of the most durable Bath Stones on the market.
Simon Hart, the Managing Director of Lovell Stone Group, says Hartham Park is the oldest of the still operational Bath Stone mines. He says: "Since we took over the lease in 2016 we have invested heavily in state-of-the-art equipment and in the infrastructure, including a new drive-in / drive-out shaft."
New product ranges have also been developed from the high quality dimensional block stone, including flooring, building stone and aggregates.
"This acquisition of the freehold and mineral reserves enables us to provide continuity of supply and ensure that the stone is competitively priced in the market,” says Simon.
Bath Stone is one of the best known British stones. It is widely used on projects ranging from smaller residential schemes to mansions, commercial and retail developments, churches and buildings of historic value.
Hartham Park Bath Stone is a fine-grained, high-quality limestone that has enhanced the landscape of Bath and further afield in the UK throughout the decades.
The mine was previously owned by David Pollard, who died unexpectedly in 2017. A book he wrote about Bath Stone, called Digging Bath Stone, was published posthumously. You can read a review of it here.
If you would like samples of the Hartham Park Bath Stone or more information about it, send James Hart an email on [email protected].