Quarries

This map shows active quarries in and around Dorset that provide the types of walling stone that have been traditionally used within the county. Click on a map marker for more information and contact details. Quarries change ownership, extraction licences can expire or be renewed. So, do check directly with the relevant quarries for the latest stone availability.

The local stone, from the quarry itself, is identified. A number of quarries also act as stone yards and maintain stocks of other stone from further afield.

Many of these provide stone specifically for dry stone walling. This may also be termed random walling stone or stone suitable for field walls. As the name suggests, random walling stone should include a variety of stone sizes. Some quarries may allow the selection of particular stones, as foundations, cheek-ends, through stones, cope stones etc.

Other quarries specialise in producing architectural stone or producing crushed stone, aggregates and sand. However, they may have some stocks suitable for walling. For example rubble stone from the quarrying overburden. Sand, clay and gravel pits may also have beds of Heathstone (ferricrete) naturally cemented with iron minerals.