The building stones and slates of Killin : an investigation of stone for the built heritage

Hyslop, E.K.; Tracey, E.A.; Albornoz-Parra, L.J.; Everett, P.; Parry, S.F.; Custance-Baker, A.B.. 2010 The building stones and slates of Killin : an investigation of stone for the built heritage. Nottingham, UK, British Geological Survey, 51pp. (GR_138832_1) (Unpublished)

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The village of Killin lies in an area of dramatic landscape and mountain scenery. The use of local stone in the buildings gives a direct connection to this landscape and reflects the local geology, comprising mostly metamorphic rocks of Precambrian age –dominantly limestone, meta-sandstone, mica schist and meta-igneous rocks. All of these (with the exception of the Loch Tay Limestone which was used for soil improvement) were used in buildings and structures within the Killin Conservation Area. The stone masonry in the village is classified into five categories; (1) cottages (mostly harled) built of random rubble from field and river boulders and surface rock outcrops, (2) two storey buildings with irregular coursed rubble walls of meta-sandstone and mica schist with large dressings of silver-grey slabs of actinolite schist, (3) and (4) larger late 19th century buildings with dressings of Central Belt sandstone used in combination with squared rubble walling of local actinolite schist and metasandstone. The 5th masonry category represents relatively late buildings constructed using distinctive imported stone types (e.g. whinstone, granite, red sandstone). These categories are broadly chronological in order and reflect the development of architectural form along with improving transportation of materials over time.

Item Type: Publication - Report
Programmes: BGS Programmes 2010 > Minerals and waste
Funders/Sponsors: Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park Authority
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: This item has been internally reviewed but not externally peer-reviewed. Permission received from funder for this report to be made open July 2013.
Date made live: 08 Aug 2013 14:00 +0 (UTC)

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