Monday, March 22, 2010
Retrouvius have recently salvaged from Heathrow Terminal 2 about 2000 square meters of Hopton Wood limestone, quarried near Matlock, on the edge of the Peak District. The Heathrow stone is laid in 18inch (450mm) wide strips and random lengths (from 100 to 1000mm long) with an average thickness of 30mm and full of crinoid fossils.
'Hopton Wood stone was quarried from about 1750. It has been used for interiors in numerous important buildings including The Royal Festival Hall, Chatsworth House, Windsor Castle, Houses of Parliament, the Bank of England and many cathedrals. Utilised for flooring, chimneypieces, carved decoration, as well as sculpture; Jacob Epstein used a twenty-ton block of Hopton Wood for his tomb of Oscar Wilde (1912) in Père Lachaise Cemetery Paris, and other modern British sculptors who have used it include Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore,' as quoted on Retrouvius website.