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.

Attraction search
in



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 Scotand properties.

Membership details

About the National Trust


HISTORY CORNER
Name the mystery historic attraction
See larger image



The first uniform postal service, introduced by Rowland Hill, began in 1840, and was called the ...



21 August, 1867

Workshop Hours Act

Act aims to provide better hours and working conditions for women and children

This king's men brought the Stone of Scone to London, where it stayed beneath the coronation chair for almost 7 centuries



Passionate about British Heritage!