Downton Castle Sandstone

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

Thinly bedded yellow-brown or buff micaceous fine-grained sandstone with interbedded brown-grey siltstone and mudstone. The narrow bedding make the sandstone bands an excellent tilestone and, where the beds are thickest, freestone.

In the Mortimer Forest and other areas west of Ludlow, the Downton Castle Sandstone was an important dimension stone for lintels or more important ashlar buildings until comparatively recently when Grinshill Sandstone and others appear to have made it into the area.

As well as the Ludlow area, it was quarried from a narrow band in the hills above Ledbury and forms part of the detached church tower there, and similarly outcrops around the Woolhope Dome a brown coloured variety can be seen used in Mordiford. In Gorsley at the south-east extreme of Herefordshire a distinctive local variety, Gorsley Stone, is the main building material in the historic portion of the village.

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Written by Elliot Carter

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