Swinton & Hazeldean
Swinton quarry in operation.
well as bringing in numerous other stones from further afield, Hutton Stone Co
Ltd operate two Sandstone Quarries in the locality.
Swinton Quarry (also historically known as
Whitsome Newton) has been producing quality Buff/Green/Grey
Sandstone since around 1700 and as with so many
other dimension stone Quarries it closed around
the onset of the Second World War. Apart from a brief spell in the 1950’s when
it supplied stone for the Watch water Reservoir it
remained closed till 1999 when we re-opened it and have operated it full time ever
since. It is an important source in the Borders
because it is really the only Quarry in the district that
supplied stone beyond its
railway was here it was sent in large quantities
into Edinburgh and was included in the Meadows Commerative Sundial and Pillars 1886
showcasing important Scottish Sandstones of the
time. It was also used perhaps most famously in the incredible Hall of Honour
at Edinburgh Castle in 1927. Outside of Edinburgh it was used on Eden Bridge
and many other notable Public buildings in Carlisle in the 1920’s as well as a
vast amount of the notable large houses, Public Buildings, bridges and
Monuments in the Borders. Today it continues to be used in large quantities
throughout Scotland and Northern England, with notable work currently being
carried out in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Northern Ireland. Sample boxes are
available on request.
Click here for our Swinton sandstone specification sheet.
Hazeldean (also historically known as Crag Hill) has been re-opened by us this year.
It is situated just outside the village of South Charlton approximately 5 miles
North of Alnwick in Northumberland. It was originally worked in the 1800’s and
is said to have been loaded onto trains at nearby Christon Bank and sent to
Edinburgh to build the Waverly Hotel. Its main importance is its geological
and visual match to the nationally famous Craigleith Sandstone from Edinburgh. The stone has two main beds and is
white/cream or cream / yellow in colour and is available now.
Click here for our Hazeldean sandstone specification sheet or click here for Building Stone Comparison comparing Hazeldean and Craigleith.
|An aerial view of Swinton quarry.
An aerial view of Hazeldean quarry
Detailed information on
Swinton Quarry Stone