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P number: P526502
Caption: Specimen of Caithness Flagstone, Caithness.
Description: Sample of Caithness Flagstone from the building stone collection of the Edinburgh World Heritage Trust. The stone has a natural riven surface with a dark brownish-grey colour. This specimen is of Devonian age. Caithness stone has traditionally been used as a paving material in many cities and towns in the United Kingdom and overseas. It is one of the few historic sources of stone that is still available at the present day. Edinburgh World Heritage Trust sample no. EWHT 55. The main stone used for the Edinburgh New Town was Craigleith Sandstone from Edinburgh, which at the time earned a world-wide reputation as a first rate building material. The rapid development of Edinburgh in the late eighteenth century created a great demand for high quality sandstone, and material was obtained from various quarries around Edinburgh, such as Hailes, Redhall and Barnton. With time other quarries in West Lothian and Fife were used to supply stone from farther afield such as Binny, Cullalo and Grange.
Date taken: 25/06/1905
Photographer: Unknown
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Orientation: Landscape
Size: 242.74 KB; 1000 x 791 pixels; 85 x 67 mm (print at 300 DPI); 265 x 209 mm (screen at 96 DPI);
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Categories: Best of BGS Images/ Stone and the built heritage (Building Britain)  


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