Search Results for: Tufa


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

A porous variety of limestone similar to travertine, formed by flowing water containing large amounts of dissolved calcium carbonate precipitating over moss and other vegetation. It is easy to saw when wet but dries to a strong, light building stone which is used wherever it is found. Notable areas of formation and use are the […]

Geological Ages

May 24, 20164:45 pmMay 25, 2016 12:24 pm

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 […]

The Teme Valley

March 10, 201512:15 pmMay 25, 2016 4:43 pm

The River Teme winds its way through the landscape between Knightwick and Stanford villages. The lower land of the Teme Valley comprises soft Silurian mudstones and some sandstones from the Raglan Mudstone Formation. During the last Ice Age, material dropped by passing glaciers forced a number of rivers to redirect their courses. The River Teme […]

Roadshows, mail-outs and many more site visits

May 13, 20134:10 pmNovember 10, 2015 3:53 pm

Its been a busy month with the Building Stones team. With – as the post title suggests – a heady mix of public events, letter writing and reconnaissance of the two counties’ innumerable lovely towns and villages. Beth has been presiding over a Herculean effort to make contact with the 500-or-so of you who asked […]

Bishop’s Frome Limestone

January 1, 201312:00 pmMay 26, 2016 9:06 am

A calcrete, formed within the soil horizon during the Devonian, this rubbly limestone occurs at the boundary between the Raglan Mudstone and St Maughans Sandstone and is not widely used for building. Some use is made in Bishop’s Frome but generally it has been exploited for lime-burning. It also forms an important source for tufa […]

Southstone Rock

Quarry: 296

50ft cliff of calcareous tufa. According to Mitchell (1961) "The church of St Andrews is built almost entirely out of tufa from Southstone Rock".

Courthouse, Shelsley Walsh

Building: 924

Large farmhouse, possibly a court or manor house. Probably late C16, altered C17 and early - mid C18. Timber-frame to rear part with brick and rendered infil, painted brick to front, hipped plain t...

St Mary, Clifford

Building: 9

Parish church. C12, c.1300 and C18, restored 1839 and 1888. The 1888 work by Ewan Christian. Sandstone rubble with some tufa, tile roof. Chancel and nave c1300, west tower C18, north aisle, north p...

Shelsley Walsh

Quarry: 295

Tufa. Mitchell (1961) describes "much travertine".

Hermitage on Southstone Rock

Building: 923

Cells hewn out of the face of Southstone Rock. Steps leading up to a chapel of St. John the Baptist.

St Andrew’s, Shelsley Walsh

Building: 925

Parish church. C12, altered C13 and restored 1859 by G Truefitt; repaired 1980. Plain tiled roof and timber bell turret.

St Michael, Knighton on Teme

Building: 500

Parish church. Mostly 12th century, early 13th century extension, and C15 alterations; restored mid-C19 with further alterations in 1959 by Godwin and Greenway. Sandstone rubble and tufa with sands...

Wilton Castle

Building: 224

C12 castle remains consist of W, N and part of E wall, SW tower, NW tower and middle tower on E wall. Built of local sandstone and occasional tufa. Restoration undertaken in early C21. In C16, man...

St Andrew, Bredwardine

Building: 38

Local sandstone, dressings of same material and of white tufa, roofs tiled. Nave built late C11 and church at that period possibly included a central tower and chancel beyond it. This indicated by...

The Lion Hotel, Clifton upon Teme

Building: 913

Formerly 2 houses, now public house. C17 with C18 front and C19 and C20 alterations. Rubble and coursed rubble walls of buff sandstone (St Maughans Formation) and white tufa, red brick, hipped plai...