A survey of building stone and roofing slate in Falkirk town centre

Gillespie, M.R.; Everett, P.A.; Albornoz-Parra, L.J.; Tracey, E.A.. 2013 A survey of building stone and roofing slate in Falkirk town centre. Nottingham, UK, British Geological Survey, 154pp. (OR/13/015) (Unpublished)

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The British Geological Survey (BGS) has conducted a survey of the building stones and roofing slates in 172 buildings that lie within, and face onto, the Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) area in Falkirk town centre. The survey was commissioned by Falkirk Council and was conducted by the BGS Building Stone Team in January and February 2013. This report describes the outcomes of the survey. The report also has sections describing a brief assessment of historical quarrying activity in the Falkirk area and the results of stone matching for all the different building stones and slates recorded during the survey. The survey results are presented in this report as a set of maps, but the ‘raw’ survey data have been delivered independently of this report in a Microsoft Excel table and in a shape file suitable for GIS applications. A folder of digital images of the surveyed building elevations has also been delivered independently of this report. Twenty different building stones were recorded in the THI area: thirteen are buff sandstone, two are orange sandstone, one is limestone, and four are granite. All of the buff sandstones were sourced from Carboniferous strata that were laid down between 350 and 300 million years ago. Seven come from quarries in the Midland Valley of Scotland and six are from northern England.

Item Type: Publication - Report
Funders/Sponsors: Falkirk Council
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: This item has been internally reviewed but not externally peer-reviewed
Date made live: 21 May 2013 08:42 +0 (UTC)

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