"keith" wrote in message
Post by keith Post by Bertie Doe
The terraced house I live in, is built from a local stone, circa 1840's.
The stone used, wasn't stone blocks as such, but was made from layers of
stone pieces and then covered in Mortar to prevent weathering.
I believe there was a generic name for this type of stone was at the
time, considered 2nd grade quarry surplus. Not good enough for
monuments, but ok for cottage building. Does anyone know the name for
this type of stone. TIA.
If it's the laminated, slabby stone used for much of the building in west
Cornwall, the local name for it is 'shillet'. If you need a more
definitive geological name, you'll need to describe it more precisely!
Many thanks Keith for the info. Shillet was indeed the name, mentioned by
the surveyor, about 8 years ago when we moved in. Thanks I'll try and not
forget again. Incidentally, each of the 20 houses in the terrace, had a
piggery made from a 3rd grade stone, which had a shale-like structure and
was prone to flaking. They were pretty self-sufficient in the 19th cent.
Sadly, the last one was knocked down recently, as the owners needed another
parking spot. I managed to take one pic pre-demolition.Loading Image...