Yorkstone is a hard sandstone, usually from the North of England. It is popular in both new construction and restoration.
Let’s travel through time to explore the fascinating history of York Stone Paving (it will soon to be your ‘go to’ stone for any DIY projects).
When was it discovered?
Did you know that Yorkstone has been used since the mediaeval times..? It was formed over 300 million years ago in the Carboniferous period as silt deposited by rivers. Yorkstone quarries and mines started after the introduction of gins and steam cranes and the first shafts were sunk in on the outskirts of Halifax around 1860.
It is best known for its use as paving stones and house signs in old fashioned high streets across United Kingdom. London is one of the UK’s cities that has traditional paving stones used from Yorkstone. It was a popular stone to use as it is durable, smooth and would never cause potholes, making it easier for horses and carts to travel without any risks of accidents.
Its versatility and durability led to the stone being used in a huge range of building projects from footpaths, roads and dry stone walling to churches, cathedrals, bridges, houses and intricately carved monuments.
Type of Yorkstone?
There are two types of Yorkstone – one has highly visible sedimentary layers and is used for riven paving and other riven Yorkstone products (the term ‘riven’ comes from splitting the block apart). This type of block is referred to as either flagrock or flagblock.
The second type of block is compressed, and the sedimentary layers are not as visible and cannot be riven apart. This type of block is referred to as ashlar block and is used for sawn Yorkstone products.
The colour depends on the minerals within its makeup and it is different throughout the quarries from where the stone is mined. Quarried blocks are usually a rusty red to brown on the outside and typically a sandy yellow colour on the inside. This sandy colour can be seen on the inside of the blocks when they are sawn into Yorkstone slabs or riven into Yorkstone paving. Orange bands known as concretion lines can also be seen on the inside of the blocks when exposed with sawing or riving.
You can get really creative with Yorkstone around your house, from creating an indoor sanctuary to a rustic outdoor space. Some ideas to get the creative juices flowing are:
Raised Flower Beds
The stone is hard-wearing and durable, and must be your go to stone of choice if you are looking for something that will stand the test of time. It also looks beautiful and is very easy to maintain.