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Conference Report – Symposium on the Old Red Sandstone, Brecon, October 2014

November 14, 20141:18 pmNovember 12, 2015 4:30 pm

At the start of October Elliot and Kate presented at the inaugural Symposium on the Old Red Sandstone in Brecon. The Old Red Sandstone is the name given to the rocks formed between about 420 and 360 million years ago when Britain was at the margins of an arid desert. Its predominantly red rocks – […]

Old Red Sandstone

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

The Old Red Sandstone is a large group of rocks of late Silurian and Devonian age. They were formed in a semi-arid desert environment which has given them their conspicuous red colouring through the intense weathering of iron-bearing minerals. Nevertheless, they are highly variable in outcrop with red, green, purple or brown colourings, coexisting in […]

Bredon Hill

March 10, 201512:50 pmMay 25, 2016 4:55 pm

Bredon Hill is the largest of the Cotswold outliers, and the only one which lies fully in Worcestershire. The Hill is composed of Jurassic mudstones, siltstones and sandstones, capped by a layer of oolitic limestone. It is also notable for its standing stones, which are commonly composed of ‘gull’ rock; a tough limestone made out […]

The Golden Valley

March 10, 201512:29 pmMay 25, 2016 5:02 pm

The Golden Valley is a rural area nestling aside the Black Mountains in Herefordshire. In each one of the villages, there is a stone built church in amongst much younger, brick built villages. Some villages are nearly completely stone built. The area is sparsely populated but with active community groups, including heritage groups, historical research […]

A (Very) Short History of the Bromsgrove Sandstone

August 18, 20141:51 pmNovember 11, 2015 3:43 pm

Here at Building Stones HQ we are busily putting together an exhibition to coincide with our upcoming roadshow at Avoncroft Museum 26th-28th August. Here’s sneak peak of some of the research going into that, much of which draws upon the Reverend Alan White’s excellent historical paper on the Bromsgrove quarrying and brickmaking industry. The Bromsgrove Sandstone […]

Arden Sandstone

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

Fine- to medium-grained, variably coloured green, brown, buff and mauve sandstones with some beds of conglomerate which occur locally. Often cross-bedded with planar or trough-shaped laminations. Used locally along its outcrop which forms a rough E-W belt from Malvern Hills in west to Inkberrow in east. Local varieties include grey Inberrow Sandstone and grey to […]

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 […]

St Maughans Sandstone

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

Lying stratigraphically above the Bishops Frome Limestone is the Early Devonian St Maughans Formation. This unit underlies the Bromyard Plateau of northeastern Herefordshire, the tops of the ‘cornstone’ hills to the north-west of Hereford, the area to the west of the Golden Valley (and extending up onto the flanks of the Black Mountains), and a […]

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 […]

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, […]