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Hard Surfaces

Hard Surfaces joins the Natural Stone Show at ExCeL London in 2019.


The medal, certificate and button hole badge awarded to the recipient of the Duke of Gloucester Award for lifetime achievement in the stone industry. Do you know someone who should receive this honour? You can nominate them using the form on the Masons Livery Company website (click here to download).

Robert Merry

Robert Merry has been visiting The Hague - and he likes it.

10 August 2018 | Market Intelligence

I have been in The Hague – Den Haag to the locals. The new Supreme Court of the Netherlands there has an interior dominated by marble.


£400,000 HAVS fine should be a warning to all companies whose employees risk being exposed to vibration injuries.

A company has been fined £400,000 and ordered to pay £39,620.92 costs for exposing workers to Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS).

BS 8415

Now BSI has said this is how memorial fixing systems should be tested, in a pit 1m x 1m and 1m deep. It is written into the new British Standard 8415.

9 August 2018 | Natural Stone Memorials

The 2018 version of BS 8415, a specification for memorials in burial grounds and memorial sites, has been published.

Cork masons

This footpath in Dublin’s famous Glasnevin cemetery uses Kilkenny flamed limestone, Wicklow granite and Castleisland limestone. Masons in Cork say these and other Irish stones should be used across their country.

8 August 2018 | Market Intelligence

Stonemasons in Cork, Ireland, are stepping up their fight against the use of imported stones by photographing and highlighting cases where imported stones have been used instead of local stones –...

Mark Priestman

Mark Priestman writes a column about training in Natural Stone Specialist magazine.

2 August 2018
stone belts

The building stone belts of the UK.

1 August 2018
Stevenson Memorials

Lord Shuttleworth, the Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire, lays a wreath at Darwen’s new memorial commemorating World War I, built by Stevenson Memorials.

1 August 2018

Musculoskeletal problems are still a major cause of lost work days.

30 July 2018

David Coster (right), who has represented Dry-Treat in the UK and Ireland for many years, is now a Director of the new UK distribution company, Advanced Stone & Masonry Supplies Ltd.

27 July 2018
Billy Lillywhite

Billy Lillywhite, whose memory lives on in a fund to help others. If you would like to contribute to the fund, go to

26 July 2018
DektonJohn Campbell in kitchen

John Campbell, the Michelin Star chef and owner of The Woodspeen, in his kitchens with their Dekton worktops.

26 July 2018

In the new NPPF the Government tells planners to recognise the need for minerals and the often small-scale production of building and roofing stone.

25 July 2018