Dorset’s stone is justifiably the most celebrated in Britain. To Portland Freestone we owe St Paul’s Cathedral and the Cenotaph. Purbeck Marble has enriched the cathedrals and churches of Europe, and both stones have been exported all over the world. This is a book written by a geologist and Dorset’s foremost authority on its building stones and quarries. As well as including a list of the building stones used in each parish in the county, and nearly 200 maps, diagrams and photographs, the author has included close-ups of the various stones, some greatly magnified to show the subtle differences between them.
200 colour maps, diagrams & photographs