"The ideal building stone is one which embodies good weathering properties and agreeable colour and texture, with a consistency fine enough to admit of smooth surfaces and crisply carved details. Such a combination of qualities is not common…"
Alec Clifton-Taylor, The Pattern of English Building1
Traditionally, stone is the usual building material for paving and walls in upland areas where the material is easily accessible. Often, the process of constructing a house or farm building began with digging a quarry nearby. The stone was of the locality, providing it could be used for forming blocks or slabs.
However, when transport costs are small stone can become easily available in areas where it does not occur naturally. For example, as previously ...