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Barrington Community

The mothballing in 2008 of the cement plant in the Cambridgeshire village of Barrington was a sad moment for a local industry that spanned more than 80 years. Over that period, the works provided employment for several generations of local people and supplied its essential building material all over the south and east of England. In the early days, if workers didn’t have their own picks and shovels, they didn’t get a job!

As a supplier of a vital construction material, the plant played a largely unseen role in daily life over a wide area - supplying material for houses, hospitals, schools, roads and bridges as well as for high profile projects like the new Wembley Stadium.

In November 2008, we reluctantly took the decision to mothball the plant in response to the deepening recession and the steep decline in construction activity. Sadly, some 80 employees had to be made redundant.

Meanwhile, however, the quarry continues to produce a hard limestone material known as “clunch”, which is sold in large blocks as a building stone to be used in the restoration of historic buildings throughout East Anglia - from Ely Cathedral to Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge.


View more information about Barrington Community Matters at www.cemexcommunities.co.uk
For general enquiries about CEMEX call our Head Office at 01932 568833 -  our address is CEMEX UK Operations, Coldharbour Lane, Thorpe, Egham, Surrey TW20 8TD
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