Bathstone is a Oolitic Limestone of the Jurassic period, quarried in mines near Corsham in the Cotswolds.
It has been used since the Roman and Medieval periods and is used extensively around Bath, a world heritage city giving it the warm, distinctive honey colour.
It is a finely grained limestone and therefore is much rougher in texture than our other stones. Fireplaces with intricate detailing should be avoided in this stone. There are also certain fireplace designs, such as the Harpham, that are not possible to achieve in this limestone.
It is important to understand that this limestone has a very high fossil count throughout and there is also a very high possibility of veining, which can appear the thickest out of all our materials.
That said, there is little variation in background colour. If you are happy to embrace the stones natural aesthetic, it’s pale cream, buff or mellow honey colour can be a warming addition to any living space. Please be aware that this stone is the most variable in our collection.
We endeavour to cut all fireplace components from the same block of limestone where possible however like all natural stones, it is subject to variations in veining, pattern and colour, even within the same batch.