Hamstone is a beautiful honey-gold stone used extensively throughout the UK. Hamstone adorns many buildings in the countryside in Somerset and surrounding areas.
Hamstone is the name given to stone from Ham Hill, Somerset, England. Ham Hill stone is a Jurassic limestone from the Toarcian, or Upper Lias, stage. It is a well cemented medium to coarse grained limestone characterised by its honey-gold colour and marked bedding planes. The stone contains thin beds of less well cemented material and some small clay inclusions. These areas weather differentially to give weathered Hamstone its furrowed appearance.
Ham Hill stone is only quarried in two areas on the top of Ham Hill. The older North quarry, near the stone circle and famous monument, extracts stone from just beneath the surface. Whilst the stone extracted from the Southern, Norton Quarry, is found some 20-30 metres below the surface and is quarried by Harvey Stone.
Jenkins describe Hamstone as "the lovliest building material in England," golden Hamstone is soft enough to be cut to make decorative features such as doorway arches and bell openings in church towers. The attractive colour also contributes to its being chosen by masons and architects for more than 1000 years for adorning the buildings in the countryside of surrounding Somerset. Hamstone is featured in the medieval church towers throughout the county, and the town of South Petherton is built largely out of Hamstone.
What our clients say
Very helpful and had seconds of ham stone. We picked some out and it was very reasonably priced. Got us out of a bind as we were matching up to replace damaged water tables on an old house. It is a bit hard to find the place however!
We recently ordered Portland stone pier caps, steps and some bordering for our front garden. Saul was really helpful throughout the process and, crucially, after a mix-up, dealt with the situation very professionally. I wouldn't hesitate to order from Harvey Stone again and recommend them as the stone supplied is just what we wanted.
Very helpful with a stunning selection of stone!
Excellent business to buy the local Ham stone from. Really helpful and first class crafted products. Can be a bit of a lead time but reflects the demand. Some interesting items in the reclamation area.
Wonderful place! Went along to see if they had any stones for our pond surround and wow, there was so much there all shapes and sizes. Maddie gave us a tour of the site including a look at the quarry (it was a quiet Monday morning) and all the cutters. There were standing stones, stone benches, stones with names engraved on them, blocks, big stones, huge stones, flat stones, small stones, and they would cut the stone to any size required. Such helpful, knowledgeable staff, thanks.
My go to supplier of hamstone. Always a pleasure to see Hugh.