Linton & Gorsley

The parish of Linton Old Gore lies in southern Herefordshire, close to the Gloucestershire border. It is a parish of interesting and contrasting geology. In the east, the village of Gorsley lies upon a Silurian sandstone – the Downton Castle Sandstone. This stone appears to have been used across the village, which is noted for a number of large quarries and the distinctive honey coloured character of the stone buildings. This contrasts strongly with the village of Linton to the west, which lies along a narrow ridge. This ridge is made up of Devonian sandstones, from which the stone in the village appears to have been sourced. The use of Gorsley Stone in a limited area around the quarry imay prove particularly instrucive of the distances over which people were willing to transport stone.

Interactive map of Linton & Gorsley

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    Local variety of Downton Castle Sandstone quarried from Linton Quarry and other smaller working in Gorsley, SE Herefordshire. The historic buildings of Gorsley village are almost all built from this stone. In comparison to varieties elsewhere in the county the Gorsley Stone has less of a greenish tinge and is marked by an attractive pale […]