Portland Stone or York Stone?

A popular choice

Portland Stone is known for being one of the most famous building materials in the world. Its stunning white colour and textured grain make it highly desirable amongst Stonemasons. Reminiscent of marble but easier to carve, many prestigious landmarks were built using Portland Stone, including Buckingham Palace and St Paul’s Cathedral.

What is Portland Stone?

Originating from the Tithonian stage of the Jurassic period, Portland Stone is a limestone that formed on the floor of shallow, sub-tropical seas and has been found quarried since Roman times. Sir Christopher Wren is accredited to raising its popularity when he rebuilt 50 churches using Portland Stone after the Great Fire of London.

Where did it come from?

After forming over around 150 million years, Portland Stone was found quarried on the Isle of Portland, Dorset. Separated by chert beds, the quarries consist of stunning white-grey limestone which can still be visited today.


What is it?

Yorkstone is one of the finest sandstones in the world and always proves a popular choice for attractive but reliable paving stonework. The stone we use is hand selected from Yorkshire and is aesthetically pleasing in every way, whilst still proving robust hard-wearing.


Our Yorkstone paving flags are unique in colour and will become the hot topic of conversation when you welcome visitors to your home. We choose the stone that is largely free from colour banding to allow for a seamless bedding. When you purchase directly from us, you can rest easy knowing that you’re getting top class Yorkstone in its natural state.

Why choose Yorkstone?

Aside from the obvious beauty aspects that Yorkstone provides, it’s an extremely dynamic material that will stand the test of time. Tightly compacted grains give the stone excellent grip even on a rainy day, there will be no slipping and sliding on these. Yorkstone is a highly commendable investment and one that you won’t regret making.

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