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The use of local stone in the buildings of the Isle of Wight

By G.K. Lott

Abstract

The charm of the Isle of Wight, so much appreciated by visitors and the local population alike, is very much a combination of its delightful scenery and unique assemblage of vernacular buildings. These buildings range from isolated farmhouses to elaborate manor houses, castles and churches all constructed using the indigenous stone resources of the island. Today, these stone buildings, many of which date back to medieval times, are increasingly in need of conservation repair to maintain them for future generations. Essential to such conservation work is the safeguarding of the island's indigenous building stone sources as many of the stones used are unique to the island and no longer quarried. Protecting these stone sources could also provide stone for new building projects which would help to further enhance the character of the island's towns and villages.\ud \u

Publisher: Elsevier
Year: 2011
DOI identifier: 10.1016/j.pgeola.2011.06.002
OAI identifier: oai:nora.nerc.ac.uk:16092

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