46: Ancaster stone Pt3! The Hackney Central Library.

Another great example of turn of the century Ancaster use is in the old Hackney Central Library, shut in the later 1990s and now mainly used by the Hackney Picturehouse cinema but also the Rising Tide music studios. The new Hackney Central Library opened across the road in the Town Hall Square in 1999. “After […]

44: Ancaster and it’s streaky bacon stone! Pt1

Building London has covered a number of limestones used in London before and Ancaster is another one that was much used in the 19thC. It’s a beautiful stone with rich honey and buff and sometimes blueish streaks that has earned it the nickname ‘streaky bacon’. Ancaster is one of the Lincolnshire Limestones, and, as the […]

41: London’s canary yellow Stock Brick

“… went to search for brick-earth” John Evelyn [1]“… the Earth about London, rightly managed, will yield as good Brick as were the Roman Bricks, (which I have often found in the old Ruins of the City) & will endure, in our Air, beyond any Stone our Island affords” Christopher Wren [2] Bizarrely, maybe, the […]

#40 Collyweston slate Part 2 – The stone and a visit to the Claude Smith mine!

The previous Building London blog post,  looked at the use of Collyweston Slate on the roof of the City of London’s Guildhall and even though while the Building London blog only concerns building materials used historically in London, and it is not at all certain that Collyweston was used on Guildhall before 1953,  because […]

#39 Collyweston slate Part 1 – The City of London Guildhall roof

Building London has posted about Guildhall before, see, one of London’s oldest, finest and most interesting buildings, and this post is about the magnificent Guildhall roof, covered with rare Collyweston limestone ‘slates’ from Northamptonshire! And it’s a mystery when it was first covered in these fascinating slates, and that’ll be discussed in part 1, […]

38: The alcoves of Old London Bridge

One of the most obvious surviving relics of the Old London Bridge, ( though are they? read on! 😀 )  are the shell-like alcoves or shelters of the 1759-62 Portland stone faced bridge, that replaced the more famous bridge with it’s fantastic houses, gatehouses and chapel which was knocked down between 1758/9. But the ‘new-old’ […]

37: The mystery of the Three Mills stones!

Three Mills Island is a wonderful site for anyone interested in historical buildings and materials. [1] The Building London blog has already covered the magnificent granite paving by the Millhouse, itself full of historical building materials which, along with the associated buildings, will be blogged about on Building London in the future. But behind […]


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