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KENTISH RAGSTONE - Kent

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KENTISH RAGSTONE 
 
110 million years old
 
Sundridge, near Sevenoaks, Kent
  

Kentish ragstone is a hard, sandy limestone from the Hythe Beds of the Lower Greensand,

a layer of limestones running from Kent into Surrey which was laid down in the Cretaceous period. It occurs in bands between 15 cm and 60 cm thick, alternating with bands of a loose material called 'hassock'.

  

Because of its proximity to London, Kentish Ragstone has been used as a building stone from an early period. The Normans constructed a large number of public buildings using ragstone, such as Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London. Numerous churches in London and the southeast are constructed of it.

  
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Size:  7.5 x 6.5 x 4 centimetres
Weight: 224 grams

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