Monks Park

Monks Park Bath Stone is an Oolitic limestone. This Bath Stone is medium to fine grained with no clay mineral present.

Monks Park Bath Stone is the finest grained of the Bath Stone available and is ideal for interior designs and detailed masonry work.

Monks Park Quarry was open in 1886 by Issac Sumsion and it was worked continuously until 2008 (apart from 1940 to 1952 when the quarry was occupied by the Ministry of Aircraft Production).

Description

Product Type: Oolitic limestone
Category: Jurassic
Quarry: Monks Park Mine
Material: Bath Stone

Products Available

  • Raw block stone
  • Part sawn block stone
  • Slabbed stone
  • Finished masonry
  • Ashlar

Geology

Oolitic limestone originating from the Great Oolite formation of Jurassic age.

Petrography

Principally formed from micritic ooids in a micritic matrix with small shells, the stone is medium to fine grained with no clay minerals present.

Durability & Weathering

Monks Park Bath Stone has traditionally been used where its working qualities, fine texture and rich colour have been required. Although one of the softer building limestones, it weathers well, especially when stonework is detailed to offer maximum protection to rainwater and rainwater run-off.Based on current research, it seems likely that the stone will weather at a rate of between 3 and 4 millimetres per 100 years, but it could be greater in severe exposures or on the edges of stonework.

Projects Using Monks Park

Monks Park Bath Stone has been used in a wide range of projects across the UK:

  • Holborne Museum - Sydney Place - Bath, 1820
  • Syon House - Twickenham, 1880
  • Royal Hotel - Weymouth, 1897
  • Friends Meeting House - York house - Bath, 1900
  • The Bath Press - Lower Road - Bath, 1930
  • Forum - Southgate Street - Bath, 1933
  • Post Office - Milsom Street - Bath, 1935
  • Nurses Home - North Road - Bath, 1939
  • Fire & Ambulance Station - Bathwick Street - Bath, 1940
  • 28-31 the Paragon (4 Houses) - Bath, 1946
  • Royal York Hotel - George Square - Bath, 1953
  • Canada House - London, 1954
  • Francis hotel - Bath, 1955
  • Littlewoods - Southgate Street - Bath, 1962
  • Woolworths and Marks & Spencer - Bath, 1963
  • Hot Springs - Stall Street - Bath, 1969
  • Cheltenham & Gloucester Building Society - Bath, 1970
  • St. Michael's Arch - Abbey Green - Bath, 1970
  • Sun Alliance House - Bristol, 1973
  • Pump House Extension - Bath, 1975
  • Henrietta Street - Ashlar & Cornice - Bath, 1979
  • Sovereign Court - Milton Keynes, 1985
  • Habitat Shop - Milsom Street - Bath, 1985
  • Royal Crescent Hotel - Bath, 1985
  • 22 Eastcheap - London, 1986
  • L.E.B. Substation - Houndsditch - London, 1987
  • Bouverie Square - Milton Keynes, 1988
  • Grand Buildings - London, 1990
  • The Podium - Bath, 1992
  • St James Parade - Bristol, 1996
  • Governor's House - Laurence Pountney Hill - London, 1998

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 Physical Characteristics

Colour: Buff
Texture: Medium to fine grained

B lock Size

MaximumTypical Range
Bed height1100mm200mm - 1100mm
Length3000mm800mm - 3000mm
Block size3.3m30.20m3 - 2.8m3

Test Data

Test Parameter PhysicalMean Result
Porosity (CEN)23.8%
Saturation coefficient (BRE 141)0.85
Water absorption (by weight)10.3%
Bulk specific gravity (Kg/m3)2066
Salt crystallisation (BRE 141/CEN)79.0%
Compressive strength (CEN) MPA dry29.3
Flexural strength (CEN) MPA dry4.6
Safety in Use
Slip resistance CENTC178 Wet83*
Abrasion resistance CENTC17833.1

Recommended Uses

Construction Method

Load-bearing
Masonry
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Bridges at waterline-  
Retaining walls
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Non load-bearing
Cladding
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Columns
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Lintels
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Plinths-  
Copings-  
Thresholds
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Paving low/medium
Flooring low/medium
Fireplaces
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Carving & moulding particularly
Headstones-  
Sculpture particularly