Stamford Stone’s quarries not only produce some of the highest quality limestone in the UK, but they are also intriguing and exciting places to be. After a seven year struggle for planning permission, our family run business can now expand and the five phases of extraction, covering twenty acres of land, can go ahead. This will result in thirty years’ worth of work and five million tonnes of the finest Clipsham masonry grade block. It also means that we can now invite others in to watch as the fascinating work takes place and perhaps inspire the use of these materials in building and restoration projects throughout the country.
To start this process we opened up our business and, on the 24th of September 2014, twenty seven architects had the pleasure of taking a quarry tour and seeing how the whole process works with their own eyes. The FRR architects were shown around both the Clipsham Medwells Quarry and the Swaddywell Quarry.
The first thing that two generations of our family were able to show them was the raw block, directly from the quarries. This block is processed into masonry and walling stone which has been used in many different projects, including the restoration of buildings such as the palaces of Westminster. The visiting architects were invited to watch how the raw blocks are split by hand using a sledgehammer. The sledgehammer is used to drive plugs into the raw material and one of the visiting group was brave enough to try it out. Needless to say, he agreed that he should stick to architecture!
The tour also included a quick coach trip from Clipsham Medwells Quarry to Swaddywell Quarry. On the way visitors could see some of the projects that this fantastic stone has been a part of throughout our historical town of Stamford. After stopping for a bite to eat in the new showroom, it was on to the production site. Here our visitors saw the process that our blocks take through two primary saws and five secondary saws. As they continued to view the delights of the quarry, they were told about the tile production line that can produce up to 100m2 of English limestone flooring tiles per day. This line can create different finishes on the tiles and the architects were surprised to see the variety; from vintage to modern. We also took them through our thorough quality control process which ensures that Stamford Stone only presents the best to their customers. It’s obvious why the material is so long lasting and sought after.
A good time had by all
To finish off the tour, the group saw Stamford Stone’s head mason hand carve a fireplace. It was a great day and everyone agreed that it was a huge success. We received many notes of thanks from the attendees and are already excited for the next tour!
“Thank you so much for yesterday – we were quite blown away by the hospitality and all the efforts you made to make us feel welcome and give us such an enjoyable, as well as educational, afternoon with you.
We also very much enjoyed meeting the family and extended family!
Everyone who came on the trip has been telling me how great it was and how much they enjoyed it.”
Jeremy Lander, Director
“I just wanted to thank you again for the very warm welcome you gave us yesterday – it was a really excellent afternoon and a huge learning experience for us. I think everyone took a great deal from our visit and the time you were able to spend with us. It was good to be able to put a face to a name and moreover to see a family firm producing an excellent local product and doing really well.”
Iain Frearson, Associate
Everyone at Stamford Stone thoroughly enjoys what they do and sharing it with visitors makes it that much more special. To enquire about quarry visits, just call 01780 740970 or contact us here.