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27 March 2014 | Stones / Quarries
Ham & Doulting Stone Co Ltd, which is re-opening Park Lane underground quarry, has taken over production of Bath stone from Elm Park underground quarry near Corsham, Wiltshire. Block from Elm...
This, along with headstones, is how the stone industry usually thinks of black granite.
27 March 2014 | Stones / Quarries
‘Black granite’ remains one of the most popular choices for kitchen worktops. That is surprising, as there is no such thing as black granite. So what do we mean when we talk about black...
From Rajasthan to Surrey.
25 February 2014 | Stones / Quarries
Most sandstone used for paving in the UK comes from remote quarries in Rajasthan. Some importers of the stone are working with the Ethical Trading Initiative to improve the conditions of workers...
The ancient city of Hierapolis was built on the travertine deposits at Pamukkale, where Roman tombs are now half buried by travertine.
25 February 2014 | Stones / Quarries
Travertine has become the material of choice for domestic floors, but this tough, durable contender for Marble’s crown as king of building stones is ideal in so many building applications....
The new Chicksgrove and Purbeck limestone 'Little Paradise' at Salisbury Cathedral.
24 February 2014 | Stones / Quarries
The first permanent new build at Salisbury Cathedral since the 15th century opened shortly before Christmas. A purpose-designed building called ‘Little Paradise’ provides new toilet...
This is what Birchill Pennant sandstone looks like (with some blocks in the quarry inset).
24 February 2014 | Stones / Quarries
Cotswold Hill Stone & Masonry company, which quarries in the Cotswolds, has taken over operation of Birch Hill Quarry in the Forest of Dean from Taylor & Martin. Chris Taylor, who is 63, will...
 Paul Ryan (right), the Managing Director of Stone Developments, and Brendon Costello, the Operations Director.
28 January 2014 | Stones / Quarries
Stone Developments has re-focused its business on selling the limestone from its quarries for hard landscaping, for interiors and for building. Now it is expanding on the international market...
Slate makes the ideal roofing material but is also a great all round building material.
28 January 2014 | Stones / Quarries
Barry Hunt concludes the review of slate as a building material that he began in last month’s edition of Natural Stone Specialist. This time he considers the physical properties of slate that...
Mandale Fossil made into a bar top by Natural Stone Sales.
9 December 2013 | Stones / Quarries
Mandale Carboniferous limestone, with its 365million-year-old fossils of sharks teeth, crinoids, brachiopods and corals, is one of the UK’s distinctive regional stones. NSS visited the company...
Splitting slate by hand along its natural cleavage planes is still the most efficient way of making roofing slate.
9 December 2013 | Stones / Quarries
Barry Hunt continues his examination of building stones by turning his attention to slate. Although it is considered synonymous with roofing, it is supremely versatile and is used for just about...
This is DeLank Quarry, one of the few granite quarries in the UK that is still working.
20 November 2013 | Stones / Quarries
Barry Hunt continues the examination of granite that he started in the October issue of NSS. Granite is dense, hard and strong, which makes it an ideal material for everything from plinths protecting...
London’s oldest structure is Cleopatra’s Needle, created from pink granite in 1475 BC.
15 October 2013 | Stones / Quarries
Barry Hunt turns his focus this month on granite, the hardest of the stone groups. Once shunned by masons because of the difficulty of working it, it has been transformed by CNC machinery, diamond...
The Harvey quarry on Ham Hill and a skeleton found in the archaeological dig in what will now be the quarry extension.

The Harveys' Norton Quarry on Ham Hill. A two-year archaeological dig on land that the quarry will be extended into has uncovered Iron Age remains, like the skeleton above.

15 October 2013 | Stones / Quarries
An extensive three-year archaeological dig at Ham Hill is now coming to an end, leaving the way clear for the Harvey partnership to extend its quarry and secure supplies of the stone for the next 50...
Welsh Slate's new pump that is saving it £125,000 a year in operating costs and 373tonnes of carbon emissions.
20 September 2013 | Stones / Quarries
An overhaul of the pumping system at its main quarry has seen leading UK slate manufacturer Welsh Slate achieve a hat-trick of benefits through increased production and reductions in not only its...
A Silestone worktop made in Europe. It could be endangered. European quartz producers say Chinese competition could wipe them out.
17 September 2013 | Stones / Quarries
European engineered quartz manufacturers are shouting 'foul' over competition from China. The European Agglomerated Stone Association (AStA), which represents Europe's leading quartz...