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Reclaimed York Stone: Where does it Come from and How is it Used?

What is York Stone?

York stone is a type of sandstone found and quarried specifically in the Yorkshire area. It is praised for its durable, attractive and versatile qualities and is used in projects around the UK and the rest of the world.

 

Where can I see York Stone?

York stone has been used in the UK for hundreds of years for paving, house signs, headstones, houses and fireplaces, not to mention churches and various buildings built through the ages. The fact that these buildings are still standing and look just as attractive as the day they were built is testament to the durability and long-lasting nature of York Stone. In fact, in most cases, it even gets better with age!

You will see York Stone in use in paving, especially in London, and buildings in huge cities around the UK. The stone dates as far back as Norman use when it was primarily used to build churches. In later years, it was used to build manor houses and halls across Yorkshire.

Around the 19th Century, growth in the Yorkshire wool trade saw more mills being built with York Stone used to build solid floors to withstand heavy machinery. And, of course, York Stone was used to build workers houses too! Yorkshire towns such as Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford and Leeds were all expanded using York Stone flags and bricks. The stone provided high-quality dwellings for workers and their families.

Once the UK canal system was developed, York Stone was transported to other regions of the UK which is why most of the paving and many of the buildings in London use York Stone.

 

Why Buy Reclaimed York Stone?

Unlike new York Stone, fresh from the quarry, reclaimed York Stone already has bags of character as it has been exposed to weathering and wear and tear for hundreds of years. When extending existing projects or matching existing structures, reclaimed York Stone blends in much better than new stone. The stone’s natural properties make it much harder to damage and more durable than other paving types.

In addition to the look of reclaimed York stone, reclaimed York Stone is also kinder to the environment. The process for quarrying new stone requires higher energy consumption in digging out the stone and transporting it. Reusing old materials is much more environmentally friendly and the only energy consumed is transporting it from one site to the next.

How is the Reclaimed Stone Used?

Glazier’s Hall, London

We supplied Reclaimed Cathedral Grade York Stone to Glaziers Hall, London as part of a £2 million renovation project. Glaziers Hall was built in 1808 and is now a Grade II listed building. The renovation included the basement of the building which contains the original Georgian arches of London Bridge so it was essential that the stone we supplied was in keeping with the original design and materials used.

Our York Stone was used for the flooring of the basement which underwent a complete refurbishment after previously being unused. The huge space is now the perfect space for dinners, wine tastings, temporary exhibitions and lectures. The York Stone floor is durable so will take the wear and tear of people walking through the space but it also offers a stunning look to the project. The venue hosts over 420 commercial events every year so it’s important for the flooring to withstand heavy footfall and having food and drinks spilt on it. The basement even includes a bespoke wine cellar which is integrated into one of the arches.

Reclaimed York Stone was chosen in this case to match the aged appearance of the existing architecture and to add even more character to this building steeped in history and to create a beautiful open space perfect for entertaining.

 

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