Bath Stone is an Oolitic Limestone comprising granular fragments of calcium carbonate.
It is distinct from a lot of other stones such as slate in that it is not built up in layers. This is a huge asset when blocks or certain sizes of stone are need to be cut, e.g. fireplaces, block and brick work etc.
It also lends itself excellently to being carved. This is one of the reasons why the Romans loved it so much.
With its subtle tawny and sandy hues, Bath Stone is as popular today as it has always been. In fact have a look round the City of Bath, especially just before sunset as the sun’s rays majestically bounce of the various facades, and you’ll soon realise it is this special colouring that gives it such a rich and distinctive appearance.
Bath Stone has been used extensively since the Roman times. You only have to look at Bath for an example, but throughout the ages buildings such as churches, public buildings, homes and even railway stations have all benefitted from being constructed using bath Stone.
Here are just a few examples;
Mansions in London including: Lancaster House & Apsley House, Gatcombe Park and Goldney Hall.
Butchers row – Barnstaple, Devon
Bristol Cathedral (most of it)
The Royal Berkshire Hospital.