Quarried near Melsonby in Richmondshire.
Scotch Buff is medium grained, buff coloured sandstone with varying degrees of darker bed markings. The stone derives its name from the fact that the quarry is situated only a mile or so from Scotch Corner on the A1. The stone has excellent weathering capabilities and is ideally suited for all building purposes. There are large reserves with long term planning consent.
The quarry was first worked as early as 1788 and used in a number of prestigious buildings in the area, although historical records are few. Since the re-opening of the quarry by Block Stone in 2001, it has been used on many important projects such as Harrogate Royal Baths; Glasgow Cross; Richmond Bridge; Western Harbour in Leith; Several restoration projects in Bradford and the Aston Martin factory at Gaydon.
Average block size:Â 1500L x 1000W x 800H
Quarried near Whatstandwell in Matlock, Derbyshire.
Dukes Gritstone is medium grained, pink / lilac / purple in colour with beautiful veined bed markings. The stone has excellent weathering capabilities and is most commonly used for facade applications. There are large reserves with long term planning consent.
This stone was originally used to provide material for Sir George Stephensonâ€™s development of the railways. Leicester Jail was built using Dukes in 1825 and has never needed restoration, which is a testament to its durability. The Mappa Mundi building in Hereford really shows this unique stone off to its best as does the restoration of Hereford Cathedral. A popular stone in Scotland it has been used to build several large new mansions. Porthcawl and Birmingham have also seen Dukes used in new build commercial applications.
Average block size:Â 1400L x 700W x 700H
Quarried at Elton near Matlock in Derbyshire.
Wattscliffe Gritstone is medium grained and uniformly lilac / grey in colour with very occasional buff / white intrusions. It is essentially a free stone and therefore almost equally durable in most common masonry applications whichever way its natural bed is laid.
The Wattscliffe stone is particularly suitable for Perthshire in Scotland as well as Southern Germany, although it would and does grace many other areas. Most recently it was used to build the Upper dam at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire. The stone has few natural flaws; large block and cuts well with a general blade, making it a sound economical choice for stone producers.
Average block size:Â 2000L x 1000W x 1000H
Quarried from Lazonby Fell near Penrith in Cumbria.
Stoneraise Red is a medium grained sandstone with occasional coarse grains and is uniformly salmon pink in colour. This hard material is extremely resistant to abrasion and weathering. Stoneraise can be used for most building and landscape applications.
The Stone has been used on the BBC building in Glasgow; A fantastic restoration project in Cookstown as well as Shotts Prison outside Glasgow.
Average block size:Â 1500L x 900W x 800H
Quarried at Kirk Patrick Fleming in Southern Scotland.
Cove Red is a fine grained, warm terracotta-red coloured sandstone. The stone can have distinct bed markings giving it an interesting characteristic. Cove is suitable for most masonry applications.
The quarry has in its past, yielded many thousands of tonnes and at the turn of the 1900â€™s employed up to 400 men. Cove Red has an enviable history, as large quantities were shipped to America and Canada, used primarily as ballast in the ships and subsequently as stone in various buildings on the East Coast, including the base of the Statue of Liberty. More recently projects include Yeomanâ€™s Row and Mayfair in London; The old BHS building in Swindon; Robertson Street, Glasgow; Bolton School and the Theological College Belfast.
Average block size:Â 2000L x 1200W x 400 to 500H
Quarried on Stanton Moor near Matlock in Derbyshire and situated inside the Peak District National Park.
Peak Moor is a fine to medium grained sandstone, predominantly buff in colour with occasional pink markings and / or brown iron intrusions. It is essentially a free stone and therefore almost equally durable in most common masonry applications, whichever way itâ€™s natural bed is laid. Peak Moor Sandstone is highly sought after by architects nationwide. The Peak Moor stone has been used on many projects world-wide including many large houses; Liverpool Library; Cheetham School of Music and Peel Court, Manchester; St. Paulâ€™s, Sheffield; Melbourne University, Australia; Tullamore Distillery in Ireland; West Regent street, Glasgow; Wotton Hall, Staffordshire and Christ Church Court near St. Paulâ€™s in London.
Average block size:Â 1500L x 800W x 800H.