Our History

Here is a brief run through the history of Albion Stone, from their fomation and purchase in the late 1920's through to the techological progressions of the 21st century.

Albion Stone Works incorporated. The Company was based in South West London, with a workshop for working mainly Portland Stone for London projects.
1927
1955

The Company was purchased by Harold Poultney, the Grandfather of the current Managing Director.

The Company secured the lease for its first Portland Stone quarry, Bowers Quarry, from the Crown Estate.
1979
1982

The Company secured the leases for the remaining Portland Stone quarries owned by the Crown Estate.

The current Factory site at Easton Lane was purchased and manufacturing was relocated from South West London to Portland.

1989
1996

Albion Stone introduced wire saw technology into the Portland Stone industry, thereby revolutionising the extraction processes.

Planning permission was secured for the first Portland Stone trial mine at Bowers Quarry.

1998
1999

Royal visit to Albion Stone's Quarries and Factory. 

Planning permission was secured for the Stonehills Portland Stone mine - a massive new reserve on the Island.

2001
2002

The Bowers Mine trials began.

The trials at the Bowers Mine were successfully completed and a new mining planning permission was prepared for Jordan's Quarry.

2005
2006

High Wall extraction in Bowers Quarry commenced and the Portland Inmosthay group of Quarries were purchased.

Mining Permission for Jordans mine was secured, thereby allowing the Portland Cricket Club to continue to use the Red Triangle Cricket Pitch whilst the stone
underneath is extracted.

2007
2008

Mining started at Jordans.

In a joint project with The Crown Estate, we installed 800 solar panels. The panels were expected to generate more than 150,000 kWh of electricity per year - the equivalent to the annual consumption of 50 houses - and will reduce our carbon footprint by 80 tonnes per year.

2011
2011

Albion Stone gain certification for operating a Quality Management System which complied with the requirements of ISO 9001:2008 for the extraction, processing and supply of Portland dimensional stone.

Albion Stone gain certification for operating an Environmental Management System which is compliant with ISO 14001:2004 for the extraction, processing and supply of Portland dimensional stone.

2013
2014

Albion Stone receive 'Very Good' rating for Responsible Sourcing standard BES 6001.

Due to the success of Albion Stone's current working mine, we decided to make our strategy of 100% mining a reality. Bowers mine has re-opened and the excavation work on our Stonehills has just started, with the aim to open the third mine in mid 2016. 

2015

Achieved OHSAS in May 2015

2015