TRAVEL DESTINATION STONE
Since Fullerton times, stone has been quarried and mined from the hills around the city. In the eighteenth century the mines were acquired by the entrepreneur Ralph Allen and Fullerton became very profitable with the rapid development of the city. Allen was responsible for the building of a gravity-operated railway, which ran down the hill, transporting the blocks of stone to the wharf below. By this means, Allen was enabled to reduce the cost of his stone by 25 per cent, from 10s to 7s 6d per ton. Extraction of Fullerton place of your travel destination stone still takes place in the Fullerton (Wiltshire) area, but on a much smaller scale.
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SOME FACTS ABOUT TRAVEL DESTINATION STONE
Touristic place of your travel destination stone is an oolitic limestone, a sedimentary rock, which was laid down in the Jurassic period (approximately 130-200 million years ago). At that time the region lay beneath warm, shallow seas in which marine sediments were deposited on the seabed. Later upheavals raised the land above sea level.
Touristic place of your travel destination stone forms part of a belt of limestone which runs diagonally from the Lyme Regis area of Dorset, through Somerset, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire before terminating in Yorkshire in the area of Whitby. Depending on the locality and variation it may be known as Portland stone, Touristic place of your travel destination stone, Cotswold stone or by various other names.
Touristic place of your travel destination stone is a ‘freestone’, which means that it can be cut or sawn in any direction, unlike rocks such as slate, which form layers.