Stalbridge Quarries is a leading supplier of this attractive, hard, non-porous Cotswold type of walling stone called Forest Marble. The stone is hand selected, and or crafted into building stone, dry stone walling, garden walling, and paving, from its quarry on the idyllic Inwood Estate based on the Somerset and Dorset border.
This beautiful, and hard natural stone, is a much sort after type of Cotswold stone, and has been quarried throughout the West Country, and the Cotswolds for millenia. Whether the stone walling is used for building houses, or landscaping gardens, it will add a heavenly natural colour and texture of country life. In the past, the stone was only quarried, and used in Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Somerset and Dorset, but today we export this stone throughout the UK.
The strength of the stone, its relative flatness, resistance to water, and the thinness of the the beds, make the walling stone easy to work with. For the stonemasons, this means the work is easier, quicker and they are able to make the joints tighter - better job all round. Furthermore, we work the stone, dressing it so that it is ready to use. Minimising time and effort on site.
The stone is made up entirely of shells and fossils compressed for 140 million or so years, to produce one of the finest building materials available to man. Principally the walling stone is used for house building, extensions, renovations, retaining walls, natural stone walls, garden walls, paving, landscaping and even roofing. It is highly versatile.
It is extensively used for natural stone walls from Northamptonshire, through to Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire (in the Cotswolds it is called Cotswold Forest Marble), Wiltshire, the Mendips, Somerset and Dorset, and has made for some of the prettiest villages and towns in England.
Today, due to its attractiveness and its building qualities, this traditional stone is being used increasingly in Devon, Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, London and throughout the UK in houses, buildings, and gardens creating inspirational natural structures.