• Database

    Building Stones Database

    This site is primarily a portal to search the Building Stones Database and find everything from architectural details of historic stone buildings to advanced records of the stones used and source quarries. You can explore records of buildings and quarries on an interactive map, search using the text box in the upper right-hand corner, or browse all the records by clicking here.

  • Read All About It

    Read all about it

    Read the latest articles about exciting project work, case studies and everything building stones written by staff and volunteers on the blog.

  • Get Involved

    Get Involved

    Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, learn new skills and get out and about exploring your local area. You don't need any specialist knowledge and we provide training and support. To get involved, or just to find out more, click here.

The project is over and all that’s left to say is a big Thank You to all those involved. We have been overwhelmed by the all hard work and effort of the Building Stones volunteers over the past few years, but alas the project has come to end. Thanks for all your contributions we have exceeded our ambitions for the project!

The database will continue to be freely available for anybody wishing to learn more about stone buildings and quarries in Herefordshire and Worcestershire, but there will be no new additions to the database (as of June 2017).

A Thousand Years of Building with Stone was a 4½ year long project run by Herefordshire & Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust and funded through the Heritage Lottery Fund. We have recorded, catalogued and untangled the history of stone use in heritage buildings across Herefordshire and Worcestershire. Helping us to do this are a wonderful and ever expanding group of dedicated volunteers.

Explore the Database

The Building Stones Database records over 4500 stone buildings and quarries across Herefordshire and Worcestershire, connecting buildings with their quarry sources. Explore how local stone lends towns and villages their particular charm, discover the lost history of quarrying and more.


Get Involved

The bulk of the project work is being undertaken by a fantastic and growing group of volunteers and we are always looking for new people to get involved. From out at a single event to delving into archives, there are opportunities to suit a wide range of interests and levels of commitment.


New Trail Guides are coming soon…

We are working on creating 4 new Trail Guides, which will be published by the end of the project. They will be self-guided walking trails around various towns exploring the stone heritage along the way.