26 May '15, 1pm

The stone which built London

The stone which built London

It is London’s stone of choice. If you have been to the city you will have it etched on your memory. A golden, graceful stone which works with sunlight to create a haze of sanguine assurance in the streets of this debatably civilised centre of the Western World. Smoke and smog layered it with grime, but it comes up a treat with sand blasting. I t is Portland Stone: it made the Tower of London, the first Palace of Westminster, the first stone London Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral, and the Banqueting House where Charles I was topped, amongst myriad other places. And it was all hacked from one island. I mean, not even an island, but a tied island. A great lump of limestone jutting out of the sea off the coast of Dorset. They’ve been taking stone from that island to other places since the Romans took up residence. Archaeologists found more than 500 Roman sarcophagi under the soil...

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