Wattscliffe Sandstone is a medium grained and uniformly lilac/grey in colour with occasional buff/white intrusions. It is essentially a free stone and therefore almost equally durable in most masonry applications whichever way its natural bed is laid.

Quarry Location

Wattscliffe sandstone is quarried at Elton near Matlock in Derbyshire and is used on projects across the UK for a wide variety of uses. The stone’s lilac colour and uniform nature have made Wattscliffe sandstone a popular choice as an alternative to the traditional red and buff sandstones commonly available. Wattscliffe sandstone is very durable in nature and as there are very few natural flaws within the block it is very popular where a “clean” stone is required.

Natural Variations

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Technical Data For Wattscliffe Sandstone

Density – 2260kg/m3

Compressive Strength – 56 MPA

Water Absorption – 4.75%

Porosity – 14.70%

Durability (Freeze Thaw) – Pass

Flexural Strength – 5.1 MPA

Breaking Load at Dowel Hole – NPD

Slip Resistance (Dry) – NPD

Slip Resistance (Wet) – NPD

Abrasion Resistance – NPD

Vapour Permeability – NPD

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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