Tufa

January 1, 201312:00 pmMay 26, 2016 9:07 am
Tufa courses (white) alternating with Old Red Sandstone in St. Andrews Church, Bredwardine

Tufa courses (white) alternating with Old Red Sandstone in St. Andrews Church, Bredwardine

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 Teme Valley (there is a very large outcrop at Southstone Rock) and the Golden Valley.

It is used for example in St Andrew’s Church, Shelsley Walsh and St Michael’s Church, Bredwardine, as well as further afield for a lightweight vaulting in the aisle of Worcester Cathedral.

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Written by Elliot Carter

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