Building Stones and Stone Buildings of Staffordshire

 
9780722345436: Building Stones and Stone Buildings of Staffordshire

The UK is rich in the use of local natural stone for many buildings.* Historical and geological background to the wealth of stone utilized throughout the centuries* Issues of conservation and restoration, and the problems of sourcing suitable replacement material* The major features of Staffordshire's building limestones and sandstones, and their physical and chemical properties* Illustrated guide to the stone heritage of selected Staffordshire buildings, integrating historical, architectural and geological aspects, covering castles, country houses and ecclesiastical buildings, as well as villages, civic buildings and monuments.

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Building Stones and Stone Buildings of Staffordshire - P.A. Floyd. Published by Stockwell, October 2015, price GBP14.95;At 348 pages this is a substantial paperback in three sections, written by one of the regional surveyors of the Strategic Stone Survey project. It forms a useful additional to the body of information being published on British building stones.This book joins those covering Gloucestershire and Sussex that have appeared fairly recently or as in Herefordshire and Worcestershire where information is being collated into a web-accessible database; providing a greater local detail.;Part 1 is effectively an introduction covering basic geology, the formation and classification of stone, a simplified geology of Britain, the issues of stone decay and sourcing replacement stone.;Part 2 provides a regional geology of the whole of Staffordshire and the petrography and geochemistry of its building stone types. Part 2 of this book fills a gap in the published literature and the geochemistry is also relevant to neighbouring counties.;Part 3 is a guide to stone buildings in Staffordshire arranged by type of building covering fortifications, ecclesiastical buildings, major houses and vernacular buildings and monuments. Set out much like a Pevsner but covering a sub-set of the more notable stone buildings and structures, the final section covers local stone use in towns and villages.;The book is extensively referenced and the appendices contain tables pulling together data from part 2 and 3. These include the listed status and principal stone type of the buildings described in part 3, a table of sandstone porosities and a table of quarry sources of different stone types.;The text however is well written and achieves the difficult feat of providing information for both lay-people and experts across the disciplines of geology, architecture and stone conservation. Subject experts would not need to use the summaries in part 1 and can use part 3 as a reference source for particular buildings. A lay person can use part 3 as a visitor guide to interesting buildings. The geochemistry and petrography in part 2 is probably of less interest to a lay person but is essential information for architects and stone conservators for the selection of replacement stone. I shall certainly be referring to this book on a regular basis.;Kate Andrew - SPABMCP H&W Project Officer and Project Manager for H&W EHT "A Thousand Years of Building With Stone".;BUILDING STONES AND STONE BUILDINGS OF STAFFORDSHIRE - Geoscientist Magazine;We all know that the UK is rich in the use of local natural stone for many buildings. This is a new addition to the subject and you get a lot of book for your money! The book gives you 339 pages covering a wide variety of topics:;Historical and geological background to the wealth of stone utilised throughout the centuries;;Issues of conservation and restoration, and the problems of sourcing suitable replacement material;;The major features of Staffordshire's building limestones and sandstones, and their physical and chemical properties;;Illustrated guide to the stone heritage of selected Staffordshire buildings, integrating historical, architectural and geological aspects, covering castles, country houses and ecclesiastical buildings, as well as villages, civic buildings and monuments.;The author has succeeded in his aim of writing a book for "...people interested in the wider field of natural history and earth science..." - it is quite simply a stunning piece of work - I hope that other counties will get similar coverage!

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