Tomlinson Stonecraft

Types of Stone we use at Tomlinson Stonecraft

Natural stone varies in colour and texture with some veining and coloured grains, shells and fossils, making every stone fireplace and masonry product unique.

Tomlinson Stonecraft uses three types of natural Sandstone quarried in the north of England, and a natural Limestone quarried in Somerset. These four very different types of natural stone give a wide selection for colour, texture and final look of your choice of stone fireplace.

If you prefer to have a different type of stone for your hearth or chamber stone, such as Slate, then we can supply to your requirements.


Stone samples are available – please contact us for more information

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Please note, we no longer make stone fireplaces and architectural stone masonry using High Moor Sandstone as the quarry has now closed.

Yorkstone Highmoor

Yorkstone (Sandstone)

Quarried near Halifax in Yorkshire, this fine grained sandstone is of very high quality, durability and strength. Yorkstone has a smooth finish making it ideal for fine detailed carvings and moulds. It comes in a clean buff/grey/brown colour to an almost light sand colour, occasionally contains faint veining and coloured grains.

Yorkstone is a sedimentary rock formed as deltaic river deposits during the carboniferous period over 300 million years ago. It consists of silica, quarts, iron oxides, clay, mica and feldspar.

Yorkstone is used in a wide variety of buildings and construction but is perhaps best known for its use as paving. Yorkstone was the traditional London paving stone.


Coarse Grit (Sandstone)

Quarried near Skipton in North Yorkshire, this Coarse Grit sandstone is also known as Millstone Grit. It is a carboniferous grit stone formed in similar ways to the High Moor and Yorkstones. The Gritstone is composed of coarse and often angular sand grains and small pebbles giving it a more rustic look and feel. This fairly consistent sandstone comes in a grey/buff colour with some faint veining and coloured grains. An ideal stone for designs such as the Chardonnay, this sedimentary rock was traditionally used in Britain for mill stones to mill flour. It is now used in most aspects of building work such as window/ door surrounds and fireplaces as it is a very durable natural stone.


Coarse Grit Bathstone

Bathstone (Limestone)

At Tomlinson Stonecraft we use Bath stone from the Stoke Ground quarry at Limpley Stoke on the outskirts of Bath. The Bath stone is an oolitic Limestone formed over 135 million years ago during the middle Jurassic period, comprising of granular calcium carbonate fragments. Lime covered layers of marine sediment under the sea to form this sedimentary rock.

The Bath stone is a soft Limestone with quite an open grain giving it a slight antique look. It comes in a beautiful cream/ slight honey colour which mellows over time. It contains shells, veining and small fossils.

Bath stone isn’t just used in the beautiful Roman and Georgian city of Bath, it is extensively used in both new build and restoration projects throughout the U.K.
It is regularly used by English heritage and often specified by the Royal household.


High Moor (Sandstone)

Also a fine grained sandstone of very high durability and strength with a smooth finish in a buff/ brown/grey colour. Quarried near Oldham in Lancashire, the High Moor sandstone contains strong coloured veining flowing through it with also small deposits of charcoal known as fleck. This extra colour and detail gives the stone added character with a warm look. Like the Yorkstone, this is also an excellent stone to give a sharpness on carved and more detailed pieces.

This Sedimentary rock is composed of feldspar, quarts and silica compressed together as sand sized minerals or rock grains.

The High Moor sandstone is used in a wide variety of construction in Greater Manchester, Yorkshire and Lancashire, as well as further afield.

High Moor Sandstone Notice

Please note, we no longer make stone fireplaces and architectural stone masonry using High Moor Sandstone as the quarry has now closed.


Coarse Grit Bathstone

Ancaster Hard White (Limestone)

This fine grained oolitic Limestone comes from the middle Jurassic era and takes its name from where it is quarried – on the outskirts of the tiny village of Ancaster in Lincolnshire.

This white/ cream coloured stone is regularly used for most architectural applications all over the country including many prestigious buildings. This consistent stone contains light veining with a slight shell and fossil contents.


Ancaster Weatherbed Buff (Limestone)

Similar to the hard white, this extremely durable Ancaster Limestone is a consistently strong buff colour with a strong shell and fossil consent.

The hard wearing qualities of the stone make it ideal for flooring and exposed architectural masonry as well as internal projects such as fireplaces.


Crosland Hill Sandstone Crosland Hill Sandstone

Crosland Hill (Sandstone)

This famous medium grained carboniferous sandstone hails from the outskirts of Huddersfield, Yorkshire. Crosland Hill is an extremely durable sandstone and comes in a light buff/ light sand colour which is fairly consistent , with occasional slight colour variations and grained markings.


Lancashire Sandstone

Another carboniferous age sandstone, medium grained from near longridge, Lancashire. Light buff/ brown in colour with strong orange/ purple veining running through, giving it an extra unique character.


We also use Portland Basebed, Portland Whitbed and Portland Roach limestones, please contact for prices. If you prefer a dark blue/ black slate for your hearth or chamber stone then we will be more than happy to supply this.



Tomlinson Stonecraft, Unit 1b Old Co-op yard, Kellet road, Carnforth, Lancashire, LA5 9LR       Telephone: 01524 733322       Mobile: 07884 486209