Red St Bees Red St Bees sandstone detail
  • Stone type: Permo Triassic Sandstone
  • Quarry records date from: 1821
  • Quarry location: Birkham's Quarry, Cumbria
Quarried in Cumbria, UK

Red St Bees

Red St. Bees is a dark red sandstone of Permo Triassic age, which forms the sea cliffs of St. Bees Head near Whitehaven in Cumbria. This distinctive closed bedded and fine grained sandstone has proved to be a popular choice of building stone for centuries, both in the UK and USA.

In the UK Red St. Bees sandstone has been used from Scotland to the South of England. Its physical performance results in a stone which is extremely durable and versatile, for projects ranging from traditional walling styles through to large scale specification and conservation projects.

Stone Details

Physical performance of Red St Bees sandstone
  • Geological Type Permo Triassic
  • Colour / Texture Dark red / fine to medium grained
  • Maximum Size Please consult
  • Petrographic Description New red sandstone of Triassic age BSEN 12407:2000
  • Apparent Density 2090 kgm┬»3 BSEN 1936:2006
  • Open Porosity 21.3 % BSEN 1936:2006
  • Water Absorption 6.8 % (by wt) BSEN 13755:2008
  • Flexural Strength 4.3 MPa BSEN 13161:2008
  • Frost Resistance 6.56 MPa BSEN 13161:2001
  • Compressive Strength 60 MPa BSEN 1926:2006
  • 56.32 MPa BSEN 772-1: 2000
  • Breaking Load at Dowel Hole 1924 N BSEN 13364:2002
  • Water Absorption by Capillarity 75.76 g/m²/s BSEN 1925:1999

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Red St Bees 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.