Hidden History of Malvern College

February 15, 20174:46 pmFebruary 15, 2017 4:47 pm

Article by James Ferguson, a volunteer. After Great Malvern Priory, three of the most important stone buildings in Malvern are to be found in Malvern College: The first, the Main Building, is the work of the architect, Charles Hansom, in 1862; the second is the Chapel, by Arthur Blomfield in 1896; and the third, the […]

X-rays and Rainy Days

February 15, 20174:38 pm

One of our big challenges on the Building Stones project is directly tracing a stone in a building to a quarry. Detailed fieldwork can be really effective for working out the range of rock types used and to give some idea of the areas these may have come from but, in general, for our project, […]

Where there’s a Wills there’s a Way

February 15, 20174:15 pmFebruary 15, 2017 4:20 pm

A brief biography of Professor L. J. Wills by John Gerner, a volunteer. Studying O level geology and inspired by David Thompson, later my PGCE tutor at Keele, I was fascinated by Professor Leonard J Wills’ Palaeogeography. Living close to Hill Top in Bromsgrove I was aware of Wills’ work there. Retirement and the Building […]

Eye spy an Earthcache

August 18, 20163:12 pmFebruary 15, 2017 3:58 pm

Earthcache is the perfect activity to enjoy the great outdoors, see some interesting geology, and test your knowledge. Why not have a go this summer… Go to www.earthcache.org Written by Dave Stadley, a Building Stones Volunteer.   A couple of years ago, we reported on the publication of our first Earthcache, a variety of Geocache. […]

Ludlow, Murchison and the Limestone Conundrum

October 17, 20151:26 pmJune 23, 2016 1:33 pm

In the mid Silurian, about 430 million years ago, the present day area of England lay at the north eastern margin of a continent called Avalonia. To the north lay the Iapetus Ocean and beyond that the continent of Laurentia; made up of parts of North America, Canada, Greenland and what would become Scotland. Continental […]

Photomicrograph of muscovite mica

Homes Under the… Microscope

May 7, 201511:57 amNovember 12, 2015 12:11 pm

Thanks to the crusading efforts of Beth and, in particular, generous donations of stone by a host of homeowners, we now are starting to build up a useful collection of stone samples from buildings, notably of Old Red Sandstone used in the Bromyard Downs area. Having been ground down to less than the thickness of […]

Photo of archivist Jenni Waugh

Our New Building Stones Researcher

May 6, 201511:50 amNovember 12, 2015 11:57 am

The Building Stones team is pleased to be joined by professional researcher Jenni Waugh. Jenni will be working on the Building Stones project for one afternoon a fortnight helping to fill in some of the gaps in our database and follow up leads on specific buildings or quarries from volunteers unable to make it to […]

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Building Stone Database Goes Live

May 1, 201510:28 amNovember 12, 2015 11:32 am

The A Thousand Years of Building with Stone project team is very pleased to announce that, as of this month, the new website and database for the project is live on the web. It has been a long hard road to get here, but with almost seven months of development and rigorous testing of the […]

View from Bredon Hill

Bredon Hill Cluster Group Update

March 5, 201511:37 amNovember 16, 2015 4:23 pm

Boo & Rob Vernon and Hazel Edwards Bredon Hill lies totally in Worcestershire and is an outlier of the Jurassic strata that forms the Cotswolds Hills. It is capped by Inferior Oolite limestone, which rests conformably on a sequence of Liassic silts and clays. The limestone forms a steep scarp on its northern crop and […]

Dry stone walling at Huntingdon Church, Hfds

Project Update – Winter 2014

December 17, 20144:04 pmNovember 11, 2015 4:34 pm

We had a busy summer with shows and stands including Hereford County Fair, Beckford Open Gardens and Bromyard Big Picnic. We chatted to lots of lovely people including may stone house owners who are letting us do descriptions and even have samples of their wonderful homes. Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped […]