Above is the range panel located at our factory on Portland which shows the typical geological characteristics of Grove Whitbed
Shelly Whitbed - predominantly grey shells with some large white shell fragments. The shells are mainly large thin clams up to 100mm long laid parallel to the bedding.
The shells are randomly distributed across the stone, but due to the large clam shells, some banding is evident particularly in larger slabs.
The large clam shells are associated with voids. The texture in between the voids is often tight and dense.
Typical Portland colour - creamy/white, although the large concentrations of grey shells can darken the overall colour.
|Masonry inc. copings, lintels & cills||Yes|
|Load bearing Masonry inc. columns||Yes|
|Plinths||Yes All porous limestones will draw in moisture that could contain stains from surrounding media so it advisable to ensure that paving is laid to a fall away from the stones.|
|External paving inc. thresholds, swimming pool surrounds & steps||Yes All porous limestones will draw in moisture that could contain stains from surrounding media so, it is advisable to ensure that the paving is laid to a fall with a free draining bed.|
|Swimming pool cladding at and below the waterline||No We would advise against the use of any limestone inside the actual pool.|
|Internal flooring and walls linings inc. stairs||Yes|
|Internal worktops, inc. vanity and kitchen||No There are products that can be used to protect the stone.|
|Wet room areas inc. shower trays and saunas||No In most circumstances, although there are sealers that can protect the stone.|
|Carving and sculpture||Yes Finer details might be lost in the shell structure.|
Grove Whitbed is a very durable type of Portland stone with a unique fossil structure. Suitable for paving and ashlar, it was used on Eric Parry's award winning New London Stock Exchange.
Get a sample
Samples sent in the post are indicative of the typical colour and surface texture of the stone. They are unable to show all the natural variations in visual appearance, colour, texture and geological features that are present in all natural stones. To fully understand the goeolgy of our Portland Stone, we would recommend a visit to view the large range panels approximately 3m x 2m at our factory site on Portland. Once your selection is made we will be delighted to send you a sample of your desired stone.
Standard Portland stone samples are 150mm x 150mm at 20mm thick
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Albion Stone, a fourth generation family business pride ourselves on having a helpful and skilled workforce as well as modern and traditional manufacturing process to enable us to produce the highest quality Portland Stone with minimal environmental impact.