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Stone building was introduced into West Sussex first by the Romans, and later on a grand scale by the Normans. From the 11th to the mid 19th century, before the advent of easy transport by railway some 30 different types of vernacular building stones were quarried, and over 20 different types were imported by sea. The authors are both experienced geologists who have spent many years studying the rich heritage of the stone buildings of the West Sussex. With the growing awareness of the need to conserve our stone buildings the authors present the first detailed, authoratitive and lavishly illustrated account of all the building stones used in ancient buildings of the county. Each of the main building stones is described in detail under the headings of; Geology, History, Quarrying and Places to see the building stone. Building Stones of West Sussex includes comprehensive glossaries and an extensive bibliography.
This is an indespensable guide for all those interested in our building stone heritage. It will particularly appeal to geologists, historians, archaeologists, geographers, building conservators and those who wish to learn more about the rich building stone heritage of West Sussex.
"Here we have a book that provides the best of all things bibliographical. It is not just an excellent, exquisite coffee-table book; it also offers accurate, useful, quality, readable information. The authors, Roger Birch and Roger Cordiner, both retired experienced geologists and teachers, are to be warmly congratulated. This work is comprehensively packed with stratigraphical detail, all beautifully illustrated in colour. Surely, a book to be of use to both professional geologists and yet treasured by young enthusiasts.[...]"
– John F Potter, Geoscientist Online