Traditionally buildings have been constructed with locally quarried stone. Each area of the country has towns and villages with a distinctive character often associated with the local stone. In Northamptonshire for instance sandstone and ironstone were the predominant construction material and there are many beautiful orange/brown buildings. Oxfordshire became famous for its blue/brown limestone and ironstone and likewise for Lincolnshire and Leicestershire. Bennie Stone source stone for building and walling from a number of quarries operated by Peter Bennie.
Traditional dressing and finishing methods are used in production. Dressed stone comes either fully dressed, where the face is axed to produce a flatter textured rough hewn surface or semi dressed where the stone is cropped but the face is left. Some products are sawn, split and tumbled mechanically but these are still finished off by hand axe.
Often “Bennie Stone” products, the stone type and the finish will be specified either by the architect or the local planning department in order for the new building to be sympathetic to the local environment. Bennie Stone are able to provide assistance in matching to existing buildings if required.
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Stone in Britain used by Bennie Stone was first laid down over 200 million years ago. This was during what has become known as the Jurassic period. Dinosaurs walked the earth and Production Managers were few and far between. Therefore consistency and colour can vary. Stone is a completely natural product, this is what makes in so unique as a building material. We do take every effort to select suitable stone that is similar though not exactly the same as that illustrated below. All the products below are hand dressed or finished.
Close Up Views
Village Bench and Table at Holcot, Northamptonshire
Client Holcot Parish Council
Scope of Works The village of Holcot in Northamptonshire owes much of its character to the use of traditional building stone used in many of its buildings. Locally won sandstone and ironstone have been used in the area for many centuries.
The natural stone used in this public amenity enhances the appearance of the general area complementing the existing features. The bench is situated in the centre of the village close to the stone memorial.
Peter Bennie Ltd run the only currently operational stone quarry in Northamptonshire. The quarry at Harlestone is therefore considered to be an important local resource. Many villages in the area are similarly constructed with sandstone and ironstone block and the stone is often specified in conservation areas and for restoration and development of listed buildings.
Client Shelley Homes
Scope of Works A new build project to be completed Spring of 2011. The beautiful village of Old in Northamptonshire is characterised by the use of natural stone masonry in the construction of buildings spanning many centuries. This new build project sympathises well with the older surrounding buildings. The walling stone was mainly Northamptonshire Fully Dressed sourced from Harlestone Quarry with the occasional insertion of Alkerton Semi Dressed sourced from Oxfordshire for contrast. The distinctive orange colour makes a striking view in the village especially in the early morning and late afternoon sunlight.
Client Northamptonshire County Council
Scope of Works Even a humble public building such as a bus stop can be constructed in such a way as to enhance the local area. Church Brampton is an historic village on the northern outskirts of Northampton. Many of the houses and buildings are constructed with ironstone and sandstone won from Pitsford and Harlestone Quarry. Anything other than a stone structure in the village would have looked out of place, especially on the main road.