The Malvern Hills
The rocks of the Malvern Hills are some of the oldest in England, being formed over 700 million years ago. Creating a natural divide between Herefordshire & Worcestershire, their influence on the character of the stone buildings around the Hills is striking.
Many buildings and boundary walls are constructed with pink, coarse grained granite blocks and finer grained grey diorite blocks. The irregular, natural jointing system within the rock has resulted in irregular shapes to the building stones and thus gives a very distinctive pattern and eclectic colour to the constructions. The distinctive building style is ubiquitous in the area and provides a local character all of its own. Due to the irregular nature of the stone, a different rock type is often required for the dressing to buildings. These dressings include Jurassic oolitic limestones.
In addition to the local Malvern Stone, a number of other buildings are constructed of sandstones, which must have been sourced from outside the area. Their sources may include Herefordshire and northern Worcestershire.