Creating beautiful masonry stone features is a labour of love

October 09, 2018   |   By

masonry stone

Robust but workable, natural English limestone is ideally suited to the creation of stunning masonry stone features. In this blog, we share some Stamford Stone masonry projects we’re especially proud of.


Masonry stone can be used to enhance every type of building. It can work equally well in an ultra-modern design project as well as the sensitive restoration of a historic listed property. The master stonemasons here at Stamford Stone have many years of experience in working with locally sourced limestone. They are experts at creating beautiful masonry stone features for our commercial and private customers. Take a look at the results of some of their labours.

Feature arched window with date stone

A key part of the design of our customer’s self-build home in Ufford, Cambridgeshire was a large feature window located above the front entrance porch. We built this simple but striking arched masonry stone window frame which sits flush to the surrounding walls. There’s a bold jutting cill at the base, and the keystone carries a simple engraving of the year of construction.

Fancy finials and detailed carvings

One of our largest and most impressive projects in recent years was the provision of masonry stone for the construction of the new orangery at Rushton Hall in Northamptonshire. It was one of those projects where our stonemasons could really go to town and show off their masonry stone skills! We’re particularly proud of the ornamental finials and intricate stone carving work which forms an important part of a beautiful addition to this historic country house hotel.

Portico and pillars

The otherwise fairly simple designs for this ambitious self-build project in Hexthorpe, South Yorkshire included an imposing entrance portico. Stamford Stone stonemasons constructed and supplied the carved masonry stone elements of this, including the sturdy supporting pillars in beautifully smooth limestone.

Stunning stone carving

We were especially pleased to be asked to work on the redevelopment of West Court for Jesus College, Cambridge. We were heavily involved in the design process, as well as supplying the masonry stone for this project. We combined traditional hand carving skills with the latest machine carving technology. This enabled us to create the beautifully finished panels which adorn the outside of this refurbished building in the heart of historic Cambridge.

Windows, windows and more windows!

We designed and supplied the stone mullion windows for this amazing self-build period eco-house in Sussex. It turned out to be a big and complicated masonry stone project.

It was big; due to the plans calling for over 100 window casements, each made up of ten stone pieces, and it was complicated; because planning restrictions meant we had to include insulation between the inside and outside stone layers. This was something we hadn’t come across before. We worked closely with the designer to ensure the look and strength of the frames wouldn’t be compromised.

Windows again, but on an altogether bigger scale…

We’re always happy to get involved in local stone construction projects, and this one was right on our doorstep in Stamford. We provided sustainable natural limestone for the facade of Alltech’s new UK HQ. This masonry stone project included some of the largest mullion window frames we’ve ever seen, encased in locally sourced limestone cladding from our Clipsham quarry, just ten miles away from the site.

At Stamford Stone, we’re proud of all our masonry stone projects, great or small. If you’re considering English limestone for your next building or restoration project, contact the experts for help, advice and ideas on how to make the most of this stunningly beautiful natural resource.