Iron nodule in Highley Sandstone (Halesowen Formation), Worcester Cathedral

Halesowen Formation

January 1, 201312:00 pmMay 26, 2016 9:11 am

Carboniferous sandstones found in North Worcestershire from Highley to Abberley. Generally greenish to buff, the stone is commonly micaceous and cross-bedded and marked out by the frequent occurrence of small nodules of iron which appear as dark spheres or irregular patches which tend to protrude from the surface. Orange goethite iron staining, particularly on joint […]

Alveley Stone

January 1, 201312:00 pmMay 26, 2016 9:07 am

In general this is a fine-grained well sorted sandstone often showing cross-bedding. In colour it is crimson to dull brownish-red, chocolate, purple and lavender sandstone from the Carboniferous age Salop Formation (Alveley Member). Quarried near Alveley, North Worcestershire, the main quarry is just outside the village. Hextons Quarry just north of Upper Arley also supplied […]

Derbyshire Stone (Namurian Sandstones)

January 1, 201312:00 pmMay 26, 2016 9:11 am

Very coarse buff, pale orange or pink sandstones from the Namurian age Millstone Grit Formation of Derbyshire. They are often arkosic (have a high proportion of sand grains composed of the mineral feldspar rather than quartz) and are most recognisable by their extremely coarse grained sand and large bed/block heights. The moors between the Derwent […]

Pennant Sandstone

January 1, 201312:00 pmMay 26, 2016 9:07 am

Pennant sandstone has been widely used in the 20th and 21st Centuries for paving, replacement/restoration and new build. It is a Carboniferous age Coal Measures sandstone, very well cemented and medium to coarse grained. In colour it varies from blue-grey to buff or greenish. Liesegang iron staining is often seen. Its most distinguishing feature is […]

Permian/Triassic “New Red Sandstone” – Bewdley

Bridgnorth Sandstone

January 1, 201312:00 pmMay 26, 2016 9:07 am

The Bridgnorth Sandstone Formation is a soft, brick red, commonly buff-mottled, Permian sandstone characterised by large dune cross-beds. Formed from wind-blown (aeolian) sand and relatively poorly cemented, it is not widely used in comparison to the Carboniferous and Triassic red sandstones of the county. The most notably example of its use is in Wribbenhall Railway […]

Close-up of Haffield Breccia in Haffield House Quarry

Haffield Breccia

January 1, 201312:00 pmMay 26, 2016 9:00 am

Unsorted clast-supported purple-red breccio-conglomerate, weakly cemented; clasts of igneous volcanic and Lower Palaeozoic lithologies. Dug from Haffield House Quarry south of Ledbury and used for Haffield House. Also occurs on Abberley Hill and the Clent Hills (where it is known as Clent Breccia). Browse sites on the database using Haffield Breccia

St James Church Hartlebury

Triassic Sandstone

January 1, 201312:00 pmMay 26, 2016 9:01 am

The majority of the Triassic Sandstones found in Worcestershire are from the fluvially deposited Sherwood Sandstone Group (named after its type outcrop in Nottinghamshire) which outcrops across the centre and north of the county. The group consists of red, brown and grey sandstones, commonly pebbly or conglomeratic at the bases of beds, interbedded with red […]

Old Quarry Face, Forelands Grove, Hill Top, Bromsgrove

Bromsgrove Sandstone

January 1, 201312:00 pmMay 26, 2016 9:11 am

Red and grey, sometimes mottled, Triassic Sandstones from the Bromsgrove Sandstone Formation quarried in the Rock Hill and Hill Top areas of Bromsgrove. Used locally mainly for large boundary walls it was most probably exported and is used across the county. Several other sandstones from the same geological formation are used as building stones including […]

Hollington Stone

January 1, 201312:00 pmMay 26, 2016 9:00 am

A red Triassic sandstone from the Bromsgrove Sandstone Formation of Staffordshire, Hollington Stone (not be confused with the Hollington Formation also from Staffordshire) is one of the main commercially available red sandstones. It is commonly used for modern repairs and replacements on red sandstone buildings whose original sources are no longer available. Examples include Worcester […]

Hadley Stone

January 1, 201312:00 pmMay 26, 2016 9:00 am

A grey variety of Bromsgrove Sandstone quarried at Hadley, near Ombersley, since before 1800. There is also a smaller amount of red sandstone in the quarry, mottled with the grey. The stone has small patches of harder cement which appear as slightly protruding paler patches about 0.5cm across. Also occasionally present are fragments of carbonised […]