Ham Hill: Portrait of a Building Stone
The much-loved golden limestone from Ham Hill in Somerset has gone into many famous buildings - such as Sherborne Abbey, Montacute House and numerous other National Trust properties. But this book goes beyond familiar architectural history and far beyond Ham Hill. It describes the complex but fascinating geology of building stones in easily understood terms; the traditional use of Ham Hill Stone through much of Wessex and the South West; and practical problems of transportation before the railways allowed it to travel further afield. Important conservation issues and the future of the quarries complete this lavishly illustrated study.
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The Classification and Formation of Ham Hill Stone
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19th century appearance architect architectural ashlar bank Barrington Court Bath Stone blocks Blue Lias building stone built carved Castle Cathedral centre chapel Chapter Chinnock Classical colour Crewkerne Devon Doulting Stone early east England entirely of Ham example Exeter facade freestone geology Georgian Gothic grey Hall Ham Hill Stone Hamdon Hamstone ashlar Hamstone buildings Hamstone country Hamstone dressings Hamstone quoins Hinton St George Ilchester Ilminster important Inferior Oolite John Junction Bed later lime mortar limestone London manor house Martock masons materials medieval Middle Ages miles Montacute House Norman northern spur Norton-sub-Hamdon parish church perhaps Perpendicular Phelips Plate Portland Stone Purbeck quoins and dressings rebuilt rock Roman rubble Salisbury sand sandstone Saxon School sedimentary seen shelly Sherborne Abbey South Somerset St Mary Stoke Stoke-sub-Hamdon Street style Taunton tower town Tudor Victorian village walls West Chinnock West Dorset Wiltshire window Yeovil