St Bees Sandstone

Quarried on the west coast of Cumbria, St Bees sandstone is the darkest of the red sandstones we offer. St Bees sandstone can be found on many high profile projects thanks to its distinctive appearance, and is a popular choice for both internal and external applications.
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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.

St Bees Sandstone Typical Variations

The top six samples shown on the above variation photo show a rubbed/ashlar finish. The bottom left sample shows a sandblasted finish. The bottom centre sample shows a pitched/rock faced walling finish. The variations shown in the above sample panel are indicitive of the different variations commonly found in St Bees Sandstone. As sandstone is a natural product it is not possible to guarantee the inclusion or exclusion of any natural variations within newly cut sandstone units.

Technical Data* for St Bees Sandstone

Compressive Strength77.6 MPA
Water Absorbtion82g/m2/sec2
Durability (Freeze Thaw)8.4 MPA
Flexural Strength8.8 MPA
Breaking Load at Dowel HoleNPD
Slip Resistance (Dry)111
Slip Resistance (Wet)88
Abrasion ResistanceNPD
Vapour Permeability40 (Dry) 30 (Wet)
Reaction to FireEuroclass 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 sheet are not to be taken as a structural recommendation in any case.

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Cumbrian Stone Ltd

Montal Place

Gilwilly Industrial Estate

Penrith, Cumbria

CA11 9FE

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Monday – Thursday

8.00 – 17.00

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01768 867867