Stone quarrying is the most important of Dorset’s traditional industries, with a history that reaches back to Roman times. The limestones from the Isles of Purbeck and Portland are amongst the most famous of all building stones, but elsewhere in the county there were once thousands of smaller quarries providing stone for the surrounding region. Their legacy lives on in Dorset’s parish churches, country houses, farmhouses and cottages – even whole villages, giving each area its own distinctive character. Jurassic limestones, the heathlands, sandstones and Greensand – even flint and chalk – all have contributed to the architectural patchwork that makes Dorset so attractive.
138 x 204mm
Black and white illustrations throughout
ISBN 1 874336 61 X