Ladycross Stone – Roofing Slates

Ladycross stone is a level bedded standstone, soft enough to work when first quarried which then starts to harden when exposed to the air, making it very durable. This makes it an ideal roofing material. more...


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The durability of Ladycross stone has not gone unnoticed. English Heritage now recommends Ladycross stone for listed buildings in many parts of Britain. One of the last hand worked quarries in Britain, Ladycross produces stone for slates and flagstones for restoration work in cathedrals from Durham to Canterbury. This is not to say that all Ladycross stone is used for old buildings. 50% goes for new build - patios and interior floors, flags and roof slates for prestigious houses like a recently completed £6m house.

The roofs of a nearby Blanchland were slated with this stone circa 1740 and are still there to be seen today. There are around 60 houses, an Abbey, The Lord Crewe Arms hotel and many farm buildings besides.