St Bees Sandstone is a fine grained and consistently textured stone. Its fine grain and tight bedding make it a highly sought-after stone suitable for masonry, walling and for detailed carving. It is generally red-plum in colour with a variation of darker beds running throughout the stone.

Quarry Location

St Bees quarry is situated on the west coast of Cumbria, where stone has been quarried and processed for hundreds of years.  It is a prominent feature in both local buildings and is also an ideal match for the stone work originally used around the Liverpool and North Wales area.
Due to the quality and durability of the quarried block, Cumbrian Stone’s St Bees Sandstone products can now be found on projects across all areas of the UK.

Natural Variations

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Technical Data for St Bees Sandstone

Density – 2140kg/m3

Compressive Strength – 77.6 MPA

Water Absorption – 82g/m2/sec2

Porosity – 19.80%

Durability (Freeze Thaw) – Pass

Flexural Strength – 8.8 MPA

Breaking Load at Dowel Hole – NPD

Slip Resistance (Dry) – 111

Slip Resistance (Wet) – 88

Abrasion Resistance – NPD

Vapour Permeability – 40 (Dry) 30 (Wet)

Reaction to Fire – Euroclass A1

Please note that as natural stone is a natural product there can be variations in the composition of the stone that would result in these test results varying across the raw material. These results are an average taken from the testing of multiple samples taken from several quarried blocks. Cumbrian Stone would always recommend consulting a structural engineer to establish the minimum required properties where natural stone is being used for structural purposes, and the results contained on this website are not to be taken as a structural recommendation in any case.

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