For the past few centuries, our natural building stone (Forest Marble) has been much used throughout Somerset, Dorset Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, and the Cotswolds, for building houses, churches, and cottages in the towns and villages. These properties are some of the prettiest buildings, and so the building stone will continue to add value to communities and owners for centuries to come.
The random rubble building stone is very hard, and durable, making it frost and water resistant, and so ideal for exposed locations or where there is water. Today, the stone masons in the Quarry cut and hand dress the stone, so that is easy to lay and build with.
The stone is full of interest, a rich grey buff colour with fossilised shells can be seen in every piece of stone.
For new builds and extensions that are looking for a more rustic cottage look, building stone with thinner bed heights can be provided.
Whether the new build is following the vernacular, or ultra-modern, or a mix, this natural building stone will add colour, texture and value to any new build, reflecting the 140 million years it took to form.
The natural building stone is cut 6 inches on bed (width) and the height ranges from a couple of inches to about 6 inches. Building with stone has never been easier, with it cut and dressed to size. There are about 3.5 square metres to a tonne.
For a more cottage, or barn look, the bed widths of the stone can be increased to 7 + inches, while limiting the height of the building stone. This increases the amount of the natural faced stone which is brown, as well as increasing the lengths of the stone.
Forest Marble building stone has traditionally being used in villages and towns near to where it has been quarried in Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire.
These are some of the idyllic villages and towns that have been built mainly of Forest Marble. These include Bridport, Eype, Burton Bradstock, Evershot, Beaminster, Yetminster, Thornford, Long Burton, Holwell, Hazelbury Bryan, Kings Stag, Pulham, Lydlinch, Sturminster Newton, Sherborne, Stalbridge, Horsington, North Cheriton, South Cheriton, Holton, Sturminster Newton, Shaftesbury, Wincanton, Gillingham, Sherborne, Bruton, Frome, Westbury, Trowbridge, Chippenham, Corsham, Malmesbury, Chipping Sodbury, Sherston, Tetbury, Badminton, Didmarton, Cirencester, Minchinhampton, Long Newnton, Charlbury, Woodstock, and Stonefield.
The building stone from our quarry has been produced from fossilised shells, and sea organisms that have been crushed and compressed for about 140 million years from the Jurassic age to today.
Throughout the stone, the shells and organisms are clearly visible providing interest and variation within the stone. This interest and variation reflects itself in any wall or building with a mottled effect of buffs, rich greys, and browns.
No man-made material can ever replicate the 140 million years of manufacture, natural history and fossil record within the stone.
The stone provides a connection with the natural world, adding subtlety, elegance and beauty to a building. What ever the style of the building, if it is architected and constructed effectively it will compliment and thrill.