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Caption: Rock specimen of sandstone from Corsehill Quarry, Annan, Dumfries & Galloway Region, Scotland.
Description: Uniform fine-grained orange-brown coloured sandstone. British Geological Survey Petrology Collection sample number MC5856. Corsehill Quarry was worked from the 1880's until the mid 1950's, and reopened again in the 1990's. The stone is one of the Triassic 'New Red Sandstones' that became a popular building stone in Scotland's cities in the latter part of the 19th century, as the railway network evolved and allowed wider scale transport. It is noted for being fine-grained and uniform and prized for ornamental work and carving for monuments as well as for construction work. Corsehill stone has been used in some notable buildings such as the National Portrait Gallery in Queen Street, Edinburgh (1885-90) and the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh (1892). It was also used in the USA for the New York State Capitol building (1884), and again in 2000 for the Lockerbie Air Disaster memorial in Arlington USA. Size of specimen: 15x11x4 cm. Munsell colour code and colour 5YR6/4, light brown.
Date taken: 01/01/2003
Photographer: Bain, T.S.
Copyright statement: NERC
Additional information: MC5856
X longitude/easting: 320600
Y latitude/northing: 570000
Coordinate reference system, ESPG code: 27700 (OSGB 1936 / British National Grid)
Orientation: Landscape
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