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Roman times. Mingled among. Strictly defined, marbles are. However, if they are cut.
Anyone who has travelled in Europe. Greece or Italy, and visited.
One imagines that the same impact. Britain for. whom it was considered an essential part of. Among these visitors.
British life. How. Britain they. could find no marbles available to rival those. Mediterranean area: no white Carrara.
Tuscany), no Verde Antico (Thessaly), no. Rouge Languedoc (Carcassone) and no Port. Oro (Gulf of Spezia). WHY DOESN'T BRITAIN HAVE ITS OWN RANGE OF METAMORPHIC MARBLES? The simple answer is that Britain’s geological. Mediterranean area. The marbles of the.
Mediterranean region were formed by the alteration. They began. life as sediments, formed from the skeletal. They principally. Pre- Cambrian, Cambrian. Devonian, Carboniferous, Jurassic and. Cretaceous rocks (see table, below).
However, with the. Pre- Cambrian and Cambrian. Scotland and North Wales, they. Though now. hard and cemented, internally they remain. Reds and yellows are a result. Iona. Marble is predominantly white with greenish. Iona Cathedral, it was never a large industry.
Today. the metamorphosed Durness Limestone is. Ullapool to produce Britain’s. Ledmore Marble. Such European marbles are well known.
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Roman sites in Britain. Presumably. the high cost of such a trade meant that. Although rarely as. Mediterranean. counterparts, Britain’s native . Elsewhere, other limestones. In more. recent times, Frosterley Marble was used in.
Bristol and St Albans cathedrals and to provide. Bombay Cathedral. Black limestones were always very much. Ashford Black from Derbyshire. Pembroke. (coralline), Nidderdale (crinoidal) and Poolvash. Isle of Man. These native. The expense of importing.
Swithland Slate memorial. East. Midlands. Many. Britain contain some marble. The. Dukes of Devonshire, over many centuries. Derbyshire. Houses like Chatsworth, Haddon Hall, Hardwick Hall and. Bolsover Castle all contain decoration carved.
Duke’s Red. (as at Great Longstone Church, Derbyshire. St John’s Chapel, Cambridge), Birdseye. Rosewood (finely layered) and. Muscle Shoal (Bolsover Castle; a shelly. Coal Measures). Furness. Marble, a grey- brown crinoidal variety, was.
Devonshire estates in. Lancashire. The Carboniferous limestones of the. Derbyshire area are notable for another. Hopton Wood Stone. It was. particularly widely used for the construction. World Wars. and was one of a limited number of stones. Europe and further.
North Africa. During the 1. Though. still not true marbles they commonly show.
These compact limestones show a. They are often characterised. Madrepore. marbles (coral- rich), but may also be veined. They are known by. Plymouth (black, grey and. Petitor (yellow pink and grey), Ipplepen. Radford, Ogwell. and Bradley Woods.
The best known are. Ashburton (dark grey to black, coral- rich with red and white veining). The obvious added value. Some examples. include Ledbury Marble (mottled red, purple. Malverns and Cotham. Marble from Somerset. Cotham is a buff.
Landscape Marble. From the. Lower Jurassic rocks came the Ammonite or. Marston Marble at Yeovil and Banbury Marble. Oxfordshire; from the Middle Jurassic rocks. Stamford Marble and Weldon Rag (Lincolnshire. Limestone) and Raunds or Stanwick Marble.
Blisworth Limestone) in Northamptonshire. The so- called Forest. Marble (Yeovil Marble in Somerset; Bowden. Crackement marbles in Dorset) is also a. Wiltshire and. Gloucestershire, but also polished to provide.
Fractured limestone. Oxford Clay in. Dorset, known as Melbury Marble, were once. They were known by a variety. Sussex, Petworth. Charlwood, Bethersden Small and Large.
Paludina marbles. These limestones, like the. Purbeck Marble, formed in freshwater lakes.
Unlike. Purbeck, however, these Wealden . OTHER BRITISH 'MARBLES'A number of stones which carry the epithet. Draycott Marble (brecciated) was. Somerset. This reddish coloured.
The original quarries were recently. Bristol Temple Meads railway. The metamorphic alteration of some. Polyphant from Launceston in. Cornwall is also a dark green serpentinite. Although beds of gypsum are common. Triassic successions of Britain, the.
The most important. Nottinghamshire- Derbyshire border. Chellaston and Red Hill, and at Fauld in.
Staffordshire. Alabaster from the Derbyshire. England and to France.
Local churches. in the East Midlands include many fine. Swarkestone, Radcliffe- on- Soar. Bottesford for example) as do several. Lichfield, Canterbury. Worcester and Southwell). Alabaster from. these pits was also used for the massive white. Holkham Hall. (the so- called Marble Hall) in Norfolk and.
Kedleston in Derbyshire. In the 1. 9th century.
Robert Adam produced fire. MARBLE COLLECTIONSThe wide range of colours and rock fabrics that characterise British. There are fortunately, however, a number of outstanding. European marbles in Britain which should be the first port.
The largest collections are held by. Natural History Museum in London and the Oxford Museum of. Natural History. In addition to these collections, both buildings have. Victorian display areas. It is hoped. that a searchable database of digital images of these specimens will. Internet by 2. 00.
The Oxford Museum houses. Corsi Collection of European marbles and the Watson. Collection that includes many British varieties. As an added bonus. Both these collections. Though not strictly.
Westminster. Cathedral provide one of the few British examples of decorative.
What are the Parthenon Marbles? When the Parthenon was built between 4.
BC and 4. 32. BC, three sets of sculptures. Of these. the metopes and the frieze were part of the structure of the Parthenon itself. There were 9. 2 metopes, 3. The metopes were placed. The north side showed. Trojan war; the south side showed a battle between the Greeks. Centaurs - - part man, part horse; the east side showed the Olympian.
Greeks and. Amazons. It is one long. continuous sculpture in low relief, showing the procession to the temple at the. Panathenaic festival. These were designed to fill the space so that those. The pediment sculptures have. Greek writer and traveller Pausanias, who was active around 1. AD. According to him, the sculptures in the east pediment represent the birth.
Athena from the head of Zeus and the sculptures in the west pediment. Athena and Poseidon for the land of Attica. The statue of the. Athena was about 4. This statue was damaged by fire as early as 2. BC and it is. thought that a new statue replaced it in 1. BC. Unlike the Parthenon.
Marbles, the statue did not survive antiquity. Of these, ninety- four still.
Thirty six are in Athens, fifty- six are in the. British Museum and one is in the Louvre.
Of the original ninety- two metopes. Athens and fifteen are in London. Seventeen pedimental. Erechtheion are also in the. British Museum. So the Parthenon Marbles are almost equally divided - - half in. London and half in Athens.