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A point of detail

15 April 2001

David Pollard has taken issue with a comment made in NSS in February (on page 34) that Cheltenham town hall was built in the stone from Syreford Quarry just outside Cheltenham that has been re-opened by Cotswold Stone Quarries. David Pollard, from Hartham Park Underground Quarry in Corsham, Wiltshire, says the town hall is built of his stone.

He says: The Cheltenham Examiner claimed that Bath stone was used for the town hall superstructure and Pea Grit from the Cleeve Hill quarries for the plinth. The Bath Stone Firms quoted for Hartham Park stone in January 1902, although their rivals, Marsh Son & Gibbs later produced a postcard (pictured here) that claimed they had supplied Hartham Park Ground stone. The ashlar above plinth level looks exactly like Hartham Park Ground stone.


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