Illustrated Dictionary of British Churches - Purbeck Marble Definition

History and Architecture

Purbeck Marble

A dark stone named for the Isle of Purbeck region of Dorset where it was quarried. Despite the name, it is not actually marble, but a form of crystalline limestone. Purbeck marble was highly prized by medieval builders for the attractive lustre it possessed when cut and polished. It was often used in the construction of compound pillars and on expensive memorials.




National Trust

National Trust membership

National Trust membership

Free entry to National Trust properties throughout England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, plus discounted admission to National Trust for Scotland properties.

Membership details

About the National Trust


HISTORY CORNER
Name the mystery historic attraction
See larger image



This architect was responsible for the design of the Bank of England building and the Dulwich Art Gallery



28 July, 1540

Henry VIII marries Catherine Howard

On the same day, Thomas Cromwell was executed for alledgedly supporting a Lutheran alliance against Henry

Who died after eating a meal of lampreys - against his doctor's orders



Passionate about British Heritage!