Stone to build London : Portland's legacy / Gill Hackman.

  • Monkton Farleigh : Folly Books 2014
Physical description
311 pages : illustrations (black and white, and colour), maps (black and white, and colour) ; 26 cm
  • 9780956440594 (hardback)
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Bibliography
  • cartographic image
  • Illustrated
  • still image
  • text
  • English
  • The book tells the hitherto untold story of the relationship between Portland and the prestigious buildings of London which were built in the glory of the British Empire. The characteristic white gleam of the Portland stone used to construct many of London's most iconic buildings impresses both visitors to the Capital and those who live and work there. Some know vaguely that the stone comes from a rugged, bleak and quirky island projecting into the English Channel from the coast of Dorset, but few know anything of the colourful history of Portland and its quarrymen, or of the industry that brought stone from the island to build the city. That is the fascinating and intricate story that this book unravels.

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