Stone me - it’s off to the Tower for you!

Stone produced by a South Yorkshire family firm has helped experts preserve part of the Tower of London for future generations. Shane Greaves at work.
Stone produced by a South Yorkshire family firm has helped experts preserve part of the Tower of London for future generations. Shane Greaves at work.
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STONE quarried and carved by experts in South Yorkshire has helped to restore a historic part of the Tower of London.

Special ‘Hampole fine limestone’ – sought-after for its fine grain and honey colour – was hewn from a quarry at Hampole, Doncaster and chiselled by skilled stonemasons in Thurnscoe, near Barnsley.

It was then driven to London, and used to conserve the prominent Devereux Tower, built between 1238 and 1275, which forms part of the inner wall created around the original White Tower.

Sally Frith of Warmsworth Stone on Sheffield Road, Warmsworth, Doncaster, said: “The creamy colour of our limestone was found to be a good match for dressings and mouldings at the tower, which has been the case with other historic architecture in London.

“It’s a real privilege to have been involved in the Tower of London project given its profile and important place in history.

“We’ve also supplied the stone or done masonry work on the restoration of many churches and stately buildings.”

Five highly-skilled stonemasons at Warmsworth Stone’s manufacturing base at Thurnscoe use handtools and age-old techniques to intricately carve the material for restoration, renovation or new-build projects.