Ironstone Ironstone detail
  • Stone type: Ferruginous Limestone
  • Quarry records date from: 1842
  • Quarry location: Ironstone Quarry Oxfordshire
Quarried in Oxfordshire, UK


Ironstone (a ferruginous limestone) has been extracted from The Great Tew Quarry in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire since the early 17th Century - and is now the only active ironstone quarry in the UK. This very distinctive stone is medium to course grained with its colour varying from orange/brown, dark brown to white with some fine grained mineral veins.

Ironstone is mainly used for traditional house building from the South of Oxford to the North of Lincolnshire, as well as restoration projects where conservation grade ironstone is required.

Marshalls Stancliffe Stones are able to offer a full range of UK stone types and colours including Limestones, Sandstones and Ironstones.

For more information on Ironstone, talk to us on 0845 302 0702 or contact Marshalls Stancliffe Stones online. You can also request natural stone samples online.

Stone Details

Physical performance of Ironstone sandstone
  • Geological Type Ferruginous Limestone
  • Colour / Texture Orange-brown, flecked with intense dark brown colouration and pale white/cream coloured zones - medium to coarse grained
  • Maximum Size Please consult
  • Petrographic Description Ferruginous Limestone BSEN 12407:2000
  • Apparent Density 2110 kgm┬»3 BSEN 1936:2006
  • Open Porosity 27.6 % BSEN 1936:2006
  • Water Absorption 11.1 (by wt) BSEN 13755:2008
  • Flexural Strength 2.3 MPa BSEN 13161:2008
  • Frost Resistance Please consult BSEN 13161:2008
  • Compressive Strength 40 MPa BSEN 1926:2006
  • 15.59 MPa BSEN 772-1:2000
  • Breaking Load at Dowel Hole 2060 N BSEN 13364:2002
  • Water Absorption by Capillarity 76.06 g/m²/s BSEN 1925:1999

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Ironstone Case Studies

NOTE: This data should only be used as an indication of the future performance of the stone. Test results may not be representative of the whole quarry. The information given is for guidance only and is subject to alteration without notice. We recommend that customers contact Marshalls Stancliffe Stones to ensure that the details are currently valid. Stone being a natural product may vary significantly in colour and texture within the same range of stone. The stone image on this page is only as accurate as the screen/print out device allows. It is strongly recommended that stone samples are requested to check colour and texture prior to ordering.