We mostly source English limestone for use in conservation work or for listed properties where the heritage of the building is important. English limestone is quarried all over the UK, notably in Portland, Bath, Purbeck, the Cotswolds and Lincolnshire. As with other quarries in Europe, English limestones vary greatly in colouring and density. Through our network of Stone Federation members, we have direct access to the owners and managers of all the English limestone quarries.
This English stone has a long tradition of being used in the City of London and is probably London’s most important building stone. There are a number of different beds of Portland limestone and each bed has its own characteristics. Portland limestone has been used for flooring, wall cladding, staircases and building blocks and can also be carved into intricate shapes.
Another well known English stone is Bath Stone. This is particularly suitable for carving into feature pieces such as fire surrounds and decorative columns but can also be used as building blocks. The great buildings of Bath are still constructed from this beautiful stone. The image on this page shows a Bath Stone fireplace hand carved by the master stonemason, Neil Gray of Finesse Fireplaces.
Suitable for smaller projects, Purbeck quarries contain lots of different beds that are quite variable with some beds being very hard and polishable and others quite soft. The layers in the quarry beds tend to be quite small and generally no more than about 30cm thick. Please call for further details.
Cadeby limestone is quarried in Lincolnshire and can be used for flooring, cladding and ashlar for construction. With 12 different beds in the quarry, the stone can exhibit several distinguishable characteristics from white to beige and with varying degrees of fossil and veining. It is a versatile and hard wearing limestone.