About this site This site is currently under development.
Last updated 28/6/17. For details see the recently added menus under Home Page.
We are a small group of amateur and retired professional geologists who wish to investigate, publicise, celebrate and archive information about the building stones used in Dorset's historic churches and buildings. Many of us also belong to other groups such as:
Dorset Geologists Association Group (DGAG), Open University Geological Society (OUGS), Dorset's Important Geological Sites group (DIGS), Dorset Environmental Records Centre(DERC) and the Dorset Buildings Group (DBG).
Please note that whilst we make every effort to be accurate in our identification of building stone types we cannot guarantee 100% levels of certainty. Even geologists are fallible! The purpose of our study is to identify the stone used in historic buildings while exploring the County and enjoying ourselves immensely! The purpose of the website is to add to the sum of knowledge about historic buildings.
List of Contributors
Sheila Alderman (SA)
Pete Bath (PB/PJB)
Ian Hacker (IH)
Alan Holiday (AH)
Kelvin Huff (KJH)
Geoff Rowland (GR)
Pat Snelgrove (PS)
Jo Thomas (JT)
Geoff Townson (GT/WGT)
How do I find my Building Stone on this site?
Please click on the button below
The Dorset Building Stone Atlas produced by English Heritage can be downloaded by clicking the button below.
Church architectural terms. A very useful illustrated glossary is available on Wikimedia Commons. The Norwich Historic Church Trust is also helpful. Click the buttons (to the right) to access these sites.
A summary sheet "Dorset Geology - Geological Names and Ages of Rocks used for Buildings and Other Purposes" can be downloaded as a pdf below.
Neville Mcauley-Churchill has produced a comprehensive website (Extraordinary Book of Doors) on windows and doorways in Anglo-Saxon and Norman Architecture. Click the button below for a real visual treat.
Useful links to other websites (all links will open in a new window)
The Dorset Camera website is maintained by Malcolm Balmer.
Geoff Rowland has created a site called Dorset Building Stones (ArcGIS Online) © Geoffrey Rowland 2017. This contains a wealth of information. Follow the link below:
Geoff Rowland's other site is Jurassic Coast 3D © Geoffrey Rowland 2017. Again, there is a wealth of information available. Click on the button below to visit the site.
Dorset Minerals Strategy
The Minerals Strategy is a plan setting out the vision, objectives and policies for meeting Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole's mineral needs. It sets out the strategy for quarrying stone, sand and gravel, ball clay and other minerals within the county, taking into account the need to meet requirements in a sustainable manner.
The strategy comes as a two-volume .pdf and can be downloaded by clicking the button below.
Jo Thomas has produced a comprehensive list of building stone references (web links and publications) which you can download from the button below.
Historic England county building stone atlases
As part of the Strategic Stone Study, Historic England has commissioned a set of atlases covering the building stones of the English counties, including Dorset. These are freely available as pdf downloads from them and can be found by clicking on the button below.