Pennant Sandstone

January 1, 201312:00 pmMay 26, 2016 9:07 am
Quarrying at Bixhead Quarries, Forest of Dean (courtesy Royal Forest Pennant)

Quarrying at Bixhead Quarries, Forest of Dean (courtesy Royal Forest Pennant)

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 the presence, in most blocks, of small fragments of coal <1mm diameter. It is also notable for being very tough and so in older buildings may be notable for its lack of erosion. Examples of use include, Worcester Cathedral (as replacement for Highley Sandstone), The Hive, Worcester (as paving) and the extension to the Tourist Information Centre, Church Lane, Bromyard (new build).

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Written by Elliot Carter

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