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Stone Matching

England is fortunate to have such a wide variety of historic and older stone buildings. However, there has been a marked decline in the range of natural stones that are being actively quarried.

The process of stone matching addresses three fundamental questions;

  • What type of stone is it?
  • Where did it come from? and
  • Where can I get matching stone?

Advice on how to approach stone matching is provided in the Historic England guidance:

Sourcing Stone for Historic Building Repair

Sourcing Stone for Historic Building Repair

Published 3 August 2016

This technical advice note is aimed at architects, surveyors, engineers, building managers, contractors, conservation officers and owners who need to obtain matching stone for repairing a historic building or monument.



Published 1 March 2012

This volume, Stone, considers the wide variety of its historical uses, from simple masonry walling through to elaborate carving and decoration.

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