Quarr Abbey - Isle of Wight

This story began way back in 2017 where we priced the initial requirements for Quarr Abbey. Over time, plans changed, tonnages changed, amendments needed approving by various authorities and then of course Covid happened.


Quarr Abbey old pathway before renovating with breedon gravel

quarr abbey new breedon gravel path being walked on

Throughout this time, we formed a strong relationship with the Chairman of Friends of Quarr, who are a voluntary organisation which was formed in 2013. These wonderful people tirelessly raise funds for the Abbey, ensuring that the building and grounds are maintained and restored to the highest standard - safeguarding such fantastic historic sites for us all to enjoy.

The ancient abbey of Quarr was originally founded in 1132 by Baldwin de Redvers who later became Lord of the Island and Earl of Devon. He brought monks from Savigny Abbey, in Normandy, France, to the island for the monastery. New Quarr Abbey was built in 1907 by the French Benedictine monks of Solesmes. The present community is heir to nearly 900 years of monastic influence at Quarr.

quarr abbey levelling breedon gravel with a mini digger

quarr abbey installation of new drainage ready for the breedon gravel installation

initial compaction of breedon gravel with a sit on vibrating roller

freshly water-rolled breedon gravel at Quarr Abbey

Today, prior to Covid restrictions, visitors are welcome to enjoy the stunning architecture of the Abbey and to explore the 200 acres of beautiful grounds, woodlands, coastlines and formal gardens. There is a visitor centre, a tea room and farm shop – Quarr Abbey offers a full day out for all the family.

In order to maintain these wonderful grounds, suitable drainage needed installing and the footpaths needed reinstating, Breedon Gravel was chosen for its durability, longevity and also because of its self-binding qualities it provides access for buggies and wheelchair users – meaning that everyone can enjoy all that the grounds have to offer.

breedon gravel taken just after water-rolling

newly installed breedon gravel path

We supplied 80 tonnes of our Breedon Golden Amber self-binding gravel back in September. Our trucks made a nice early ferry crossing from Portsmouth and tipped with the contractor just before 10am. The material was expertly laid, following our installation guidance and the contractors did a fantastic job despite restrictions.

We think you will agree that the Breedon Gravel compliments this stunning building and its grounds superbly!


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