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Famous Monuments Built in Portland Stone

Famous Monuments Built in Portland Stone

Portland stone is one of the most famous and popular construction materials in the world. The Jurassic limestone is quarried exclusively on the Isle of Portland in Dorset. The creamy white colour and hard-wearing durability combine elegance, prestige and strength. It is no surprise then, that Portland stone has been used in the construction of some of the most famous monuments in the world. Portland stone has been quarried since the Roman times. Famous local monuments include Rufus Castle, Exeter Cathedral and Portland Castle. It has been shipped to London since the 14th Century. In the early 17th Century, Indigo Jones used Portland stone for the construction  of the Banqueting Hall in Whitehall.Its popularity soared in the late 17th Century after the devastation of the Great Fire of  London in 1666 when timber was no longer considered a viable building material. Hard-wearing yet soft enough to cut and carve, Portland stone was considered an ideal construction material for London’s changeable climate. Portland stone has proved to be one of the most pollution-resistant stones in the UK. Wherever you go in London, you will see some of its most famous monuments built with Portland stone, that have stood the test of time and war.   The Monument   The Monument was built between 1671 and 1677. It is a Greek-styled, fluted column made of Portland stone, topped with a decorative urn of fire. It was designed by Christopher Wren to commemorate the Great Fire of London. The Monument is strategically placed to mark where the fire started. It is 202 feet tall and 202 feet away from the baker’s shop in Pudding lane where the fire began.   The Cenotaph   The Cenotaph (Greek for...
From The Quarry To Your Home – How Quarried Stone Is Moved.

From The Quarry To Your Home – How Quarried Stone Is Moved.

Two of the most popular stones in London are Portland and York stone. Portland, a Jurassic limestone, quarried on the Isle of Portland in Dorset, has been used extensively for building construction in London. This elegant, creamy, white stone is a popular choice for steps and entrance ways, adding a touch of luxury and prestige to your home. York stone is a durable, hard-wearing sandstone that is quarried exclusively in Yorkshire. It has been used for construction since the Roman times. The majority of street paving and cobbles in London are made from York stone. It is a popular choice for exterior paving and entrance ways. The naturally warm colour adds a rustic, homely feel to any property. But have you ever considered how a stone supplier transports such heavy stone from the quarry? In ancient Egypt, during the construction of the pyramids, giant slabs of rock were hauled with pulley systems, using ropes and moveable wooden tracks and sleds. Thousands of slaves and oxen would drag the rocks to the riverside where they were loaded onto specially constructed barges. Portland Today, mechanical systems are used, however, even with modern technology, removal of quarried stone is a time-consuming and laborious task. On the Isle of Portland, traditional excavation methods are still used to a certain extent. Specialised digging and drilling equipment is used to clear the overlying rock layers and bring the Portland stone to the surface. Explosives are rarely used in modern quarrying. They have been replaced by wire saws; a more efficient and faster way of cutting the stone out of the rock face. Cut blocks are displaced using water-filled hydraulic bags which uses force to remove the stone, causing minimum damage. Large wheel loaders are...
York Stone

York Stone

York stone – or Yorkstone – is one of the most popular building materials in the UK. Hewn from the quarries of Yorkshire, as its name suggests, this sandstone has excellent technical qualities and the ability to stand the rigors of time, the UK climate, and heavy foot traffic. Many believe that York stone improves with age, so there is high demand for reclaimed or ‘Old’ York stone. Properties of York Stone Characterised by fine, tightly packed grains of quartz – a material stronger than glass – York stone has a proven track record of durability and longevity. It’s renowned for its strength and its slip resistance. York Stone Steps York stone has been used for hundreds of years in various building projects across the UK and worldwide. It’s used as flags for pavements, cobbles for streets, stone curbs, interior flooring and driveways, and can be seen on everything from car parks to stately homes. Designers and architects still turn to York stone today because of its durability and character, and one of its most popular uses is for York stone steps. Its popularity is due to its non- slip properties, durability and longevity. The choice of colours available gives you the opportunity to compliment or transform the appearance of your house frontage, and it’s approved by local authorities, in most cases, for renovating listed properties. Only Improving With Age York stone is popular with residential and commercial clients alike and has been used all over the world. Favoured in heavy-duty environments where heavy machinery is used, it offers an investment that will last a lifetime. Beautiful, reclaimed York...
Portland Stone

Portland Stone

Portland Stone Portland stone is one of the most famous building stones in the world, and perhaps the most famous ever produced in the UK. A Jurassic limestone that hails from the Isle of Portland, Dorset, it has been used for many prestigious buildings and is renowned for its luxury. Its creamy white aesthetics make it one of the most sought-after building materials for homeowners and businesses alike. Properties of Portland Stone Composed from limestone that formed in shallow sub-tropical seas during the age of the dinosaurs, Portland Stone is distinguished by its creamy colour and the fossilised shells and miniscule pieces of coral within. Its fine white grain is easy to work, making it a favourite for stonemasons. Portland Stone Steps Quarried since Roman times, Portland stone has been shipped to London for building projects since the 14th century. Early in the 17th century, extraction of the stone became an industry and it quickly became the established building stone for the capital. Today, Portland stone is widely exported, and it remains popular for prestigious entrances due to its highly unique, marble-like appearance. Ideal for internal and external use, it isn’t just visually attractive, it’s also one of the most durable options on the market today. Unlike marble, it can be carved easily to fit any space and does not become slippery when wet, making it a safe option for external steps. An Entrance of Elegance Portland Stone is a favourite amongst stonemasons due to its versatility and durability. Used for many graceful buildings in London, including Buckingham Palace and the Bank of England, it’s synonymous with the architect...