How it all began!
Around 250 million years ago, England was submerged beneath a shallow tropical sea, dotted with small coral reefs and islands, and home to tiny creatures. When these creatures died, their shells drifted down to the ocean floor and because they were made of calcium, they didn’t perish. Over the years, the shell layer built up due to pressure from water and sand. When the sea level changed and the water disappeared, the mixture of shells, calcium and rock was left on the land – and this is what is quarried today. Put a magnifying glass up against the limestone of some buildings, and you will still be able to see fragments of shell in it.
Thanks to its uniform texture and grade, limestone has now become one of the world’s premium dimension stones, renowned worldwide for its qualities. Robust and enduring, it weathers naturally, mellowing, blending and actually improving with age. For builders and constructors, limestone is wonderfully flexible and easy to manipulate – it can be cut in many different shapes and sizes by sawing, planing, carving or careful hand working, making it ideal for both simple and complex designs. It’s also perfect if you’re looking to extend buildings in the future because of its consistency in appearance.