STONE & BRICK PATTERNS

DARTMOOR ROCK WALL STUDIES: MOSS & LICHEN

The images below come from one small section of rock wall in a remote part of Dartmoor. Every rock shown touched at least one of the others, yet the variety of rock composition, mosses and lichens over one area of wall is astounding.

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A SOMERSET CHURCH WALL – ST MICHAEL’S, BLACKFORD

The walls of this church, apparently of uniform colour from a distance, are richly patterned with lichen and varied hues. All these images were taken within about 12 feet of each other, ranging from weathered Ham stone wall to lichen-capped stone face PATTERNED STONES FROM COUNTY MAYO, IRELAND

BEACH STONE PATTERNS ON WEYMOUTH BEACH, DORSET

THE ROLLRIGHT STONES – PATTERNS IN STONE AND LICHEN 

The Rollright Stones in Oxfordshire is a late-neolithic stone circle about 30 meters in diameter. The stones are heavily marked by time, and many have colourful lichen growths. Some of these lichens are thought to be 400 – 800 years old. Here are some examples of the stone patterns 

MELLOW STONE IN A GABLE-END WALL – DORSET

Two of the crevices in this area of wall currently have house-sparrows nesting in them. The wall is very thick, and there is more room inside than it appears, once they have squeezed inside…

BENCH MARKS: SURVEYOR’S HEIGHT  / ELEVATION MARKS – DORSET

The mark shown is on our house in Dorset. It is a stone-cut bench mark, the most basic type, of which there are 500,000 in the UK. They fill the gaps between higher order bench marks such as metal ‘flush brackets’. The horizontal cut  is for an angle-iron to be placed in to form a “bench” for a leveling-rod, ensuring that it can be accurately repositioned in the same place in the future. For further information, the best place to go is bench-marks.org.uk You can even check whether a bench mark is registered and, if not, give the details

SWINEHERD: PART OF A STONE FRIEZE FEATURING THE 4 SEASONS – ROYAL ABBEY OF ST DENIS, PARIS

STONE LIZARD MOSAIC, COARAZE. PROVENCE (the lizard is the medieval symbol of the village)

VENICE, GRAND CANAL – Detail of stonework on a quayside wall

The complete fragment, tastefully set off by a drainpipe

MORETON CHURCH, PURBECK, DORSET – FLOOR TILING AROUND THE FONT

CATHEDRAL BASILICA OF ST DENIS (Paris) – PAINTED FLOOR TILE

RIMINI – Communal measuring stone dated 1544 (used in particular for fabrics)


RAVENNA- BASILICA DI S. VITALE Small Floor Mosaic

HUNTLY CASTLE, MORAYSHIRE, SCOTLAND – commemorative inscription dated 1602 reading George Gordon First Marquis of Huntlie 16 and below that Henriette Stewart Marquesse of Huntlie 02

TWO DESIGNS FROM EITHER SIDE OF A RAILWAY BRIDGE OVER THE HIGH PEAK RAILWAY, DERBYSHIRE (NOW DE-COMMISSIONED AND OPERATING AS THE TISSINGTON TRAIL FOR CYCLISTS & WALKERS) 

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