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London Stone Suppliers

The London Stone Step Company is a supplier of natural stone to clients throughout the UK. We specialise in offering the finest quality natural stone, tiles and slabs sourced from local quarries in Dorset and Yorkshire. We’re now suppliers of: York stone – Portland stone – Bath stone – Green stone – Indian stone – Reclaimed York – Riven York – Cotswold stone – Forest marble   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. 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 They have been replaced by wire saws; a more efficient and faster way of cutting the stone out of the rock face.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 then used...
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...