A visit to Horsham Stone in West Sussex

Horsham Stone Quarry Lisa Cox Garden DesignsOn Monday I visited the Horsham Stone quarry in West Sussex with my local Society of Garden Designer’s cluster group.

We had a tour of the site and learnt a bit more about the stone itself, which has been used for centuries in the surrounding area and further afield.

Horsham stone is a sandstone that’s famous for the fossilised ripple marks on its surface. It looks just like a sandy beach when the tide goes out.

Fossilised Horsham Stone Lisa Cox Garden DesignsNot all the stone has this texture so often these large feature pieces are used for threshold steps, hearths or for areas where people want to make a feature of the stone.

The quarrying takes place for just two months of the year, during the summer months when the land is dry. Only a 20m wide strip of field is excavated at a time and care is taken to replace the earth when the quarrying has finished which means that the land can be used for growing crops from the following year.

It has many uses, from walling stone to paving to roof tiles and can be seen used in buildings such as Kensington Palace and many historic churches across Sussex, Surrey and Kent. There’s also evidence of it being used by the Romans nearly 2, 000 years ago.

It’s a gorgeous stone, quite similar to reclaimed York stone, but with a much richer colour. Because of the nature in which the stone is quarried, they never quite know what they’ll find each year they have a large enough stock on site to cover most orders.

It’s certainly worth investigating if you’re looking for a local stone to use in the garden. I know I’ll be considering it for future projects.

Horsham stone archway Lisa Cox Garden Designs Horsham Stone roof tiles Lisa Cox Garden Designs Horsham Stone Way with cock and hen coping Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Source: blog.lisacoxdesigns.co.uk

Achla Designs Spiral Trellis
Lawn & Patio (Minuteman International - ACHLA Designs)
  • 8-inch diameter by 42-inch h
  • Black powder coated
  • Wrought iron
  • Ships intact
  • Coordinates with all trellises

You might also like:

Garden design in Hampshire, Janet …
Garden design in Hampshire, Janet …
Townscapes - Garden design/Landscaping …
Townscapes - Garden design/Landscaping …
Garden Designer | Amanda Colberg - …
Garden Designer | Amanda Colberg - …


Some companies are landscape companies. Most do minimal design work, are just in it for the money, will ignore soil health, not be in touch with a plant's unique needs, and will come by and just plop down shrubs and give ya a bill.
Other companies are more like personal, garden design companies that actually care and consider what they're doing to be creative, artful, etc. Again, many of these companies will not know what they're doing, I've found.
Personally I'd go with anything *but* a landscape company, but either 'types' of companies have their drawbacks

The Warmth and Comfort of an Outdoor Fireplace  — Columbiametro
A brick circular wall 18 to 24 inches tall with four- to five-inch pebbles in the bottom of the circle can suffice as a fire pit. If there is already an .. Make sure the design is sound and is in harmony with the style of the house and garden.

Innovations in concert stage designs change relationship between fan and star  — New York Daily News
Three-quarters of the way into Timberlake's ongoing “20/20 Experience” tour (which returns to Madison Square Garden Feb. 19 and 20), the star and his band mount a bridgelike structure that begins to “float” over the heads of ..

Cool Springs Press Trellises, Planters & Raised Beds: 50 Easy, Unique, and Useful Projects You Can Make with Common Tools and Materials
Book (Cool Springs Press)

My space: Abigail Ahern, interior designer  — Telegraph.co.uk
Sitting in here, you feel like you can touch the garden.

English Gardens Kent & Sussex..
English Gardens Kent & Sussex..
Achla Designs Fleur-de-lis Topiary, 58-Inch H
Lawn & Patio (Minuteman International - ACHLA Designs)
  • Measures 58-inch h
  • Black powder coated
  • Wrought iron
  • Ships intact
  • Part of the fleur-de-lis coordinating set
Storey Publishing, LLC Making Bentwood Trellises, Arbors, Gates & Fences (Rustic Home Series)
Book (Storey Publishing, LLC)

Related posts:

  1. Garden Designers at Home
  2. Garden Design Elements
  3. Garden Design website

  • Avatar emmliss Anyone know where i can look at garden brick walls?
    May 17, 2009 by emmliss | Posted in Garden & Landscape

    Im having a brick wall in my front garden and want some ideas of design,i have tried to search the internet but its comming up with silly things.thanks
    thanks for the link but no its not what i want im after some photos to actually look at.
    no that link no good,what im actually looking for is photos of garden walls to get some idea of how to have to top

    • Not to sure as to what you are actually looking for..this link might help you.