times Purbeck stone has provided a
hardwearing and beautiful stone for curbs, paving
and channel. The various beds of stone used for
this paving give it an immediate look of ageing
and quality with which many limestone's find it
hard to compete.
After the Great Fire of
London the City began to implement the paving of
its streets and highways and Purbeck became the
stone of choice for this work.
derived great benefit from the mode of NEW PAVING
the metropolis, which commenced about 1763.
Parliament street, Charing cross, Cockspur
street, and Pall mall had then good
Edinburgh-stones laid down for the carriage ways,
with Purbeck pavements" ..........
St. James's street, and various others in the
vicinity were also new paved about the same
period; and this improvement was soon
progressively extended through most parts of the