Purbeck stone has a long tradition of use as a Building
stone and has many qualities which promote its use.
Many tests have been conducted over the years to
ascertain the durability of limestone's.
Our selected Purbeck Stone does well in such tests (results available of the
most recent tests) but a greater testimony to its
durability are the multitude of buildings and structures
around Britain erected in this limestone, many of which
have stood for centuries with little evidence of erosion
There can be no doubt that most people consider
Purbeck to be a beautiful stone. A variety of colours
promoted by the selection of stone from our various
Purbeck stone beds provides a dichotomy of shades through
blue/brown to cream/white. This blend of colour is both
aesthetically pleasing and allows our buildings to blend
into the natural environment.
Purbeck Stone is a sedimentary limestone which cleaves
via natural bedding planes. This precludes the necessity
for sawn beds when used for rubble walling as the stone
can be guillotined to size in its natural bed heights.
The use of a guillotine produces a walling stone with a
pre-determined bed width as may be specified by you the
customer but normally between 100 and 150 mm. The final
hand finishing of the stone by dressing and pitching
provides a roughly squared face which is "out of
twist" and ensures the stone conforms to the quality
required. Stone can be bought as guillotined or as
dressed and current research shows that Purbeck Stone is
highly competitive with alternative sources of random
rubble walling, often 20-50% less expensive than
facility at our quarry enables us to provide
quoins, door and window jambs, string courses and
a variety of other detail stonework items as
required. A delivery service is provided and
fixing of stone by specialist fixers can be
arranged although most of our customers prefer to
use their own craftsmen or local labour.
Finally our expert staff are on hand to
provide guidance with specification and any other
considerations appertaining to the use of Purbeck