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French Limestones

A selection of the French limestones available from our partner quarries.

Chamesson French Limestone
French limestone Chamesson Coquillé cladding
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Quarried in northern Burgundy

This is one of France's premium limestones and has been used in many of the world's greatest modern buildings.

The image here shows the Chamesson Coquillé that has a beige background with 2-3cm fossil shells. This is taken from the top layer (or bench) in the quarry. The next bench down is Chamesson B2-B4 which is probably the best known stone from this quarry. It has a pale grey/off-white background with fine grey or brown shells that run in wispy lines, particularly when the stone is vein cut. 

Suitable for:

  • Internal flooring
  • External flooring *
  • Cladding
  • Bespoke items e.g. staircases, columns
  • 6 sides sawn blocks
  • raw blocks
Lavoux French Limestone

Quarried in Western France

A medium density limestone with a uniform pale beige / off-white background colour. The image here shows the Lavoux à Grain (also known as Lavoux Doré or Lépine) used in the renovation of Canterbury cathedral. From another level in the same quarry, we get the Lavoux Fin. It is technically similar but a slightly whiter background colour and has a finer grain. This stone is excellent for carving and weathers well.

Suitable for:

  • Heritage projects (as a replacement for Caen limestone)
  • Tracery
  • Internal and External carving
  • External cladding
  • Ashlar
  • Bespoke items e.g. balustrades, columns etc.
  • 6 sides sawn blocks
  • raw blocks
French limestone - Lavoux à Grain as used in Canterbury Cathedral
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Chauvigny French Limestone
French limestone - Chauvigny
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Quarried in Western France

A hard white, coarse grained limestone with a uniform off white background colour.

Suitable for:

  • Internal flooring
  • External flooring
  • External cladding
  • Ashlar
  • Bespoke items e.g. staircases, basins, columns etc.
  • 6 sides sawn blocks
  • raw blocks
Avy French Limestone

Quarried in Western France

A durable off-white limestone with a uniform background colour and unusual white shell fossils.

Suitable for:

  • Internal flooring
  • External flooring
  • External cladding
  • Ashlar
  • Bespoke items e.g. staircases, basins, columns etc.
  • 6 sides sawn blocks
  • raw blocks
French limestone - Avy from the underground mine near Angouleme
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Aubigny French Limestone
French limestone - Aubigny also known as Lanvignes from Burgundy
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Aubigny limestone, also known as Lanvignes, is a warm, caramel coloured limestone that is durable and suitable for both internal and external use. As flooring it works particularly well when brushed or antiqued.

Suitable for:

  • Internal flooring
  • External flooring
  • External cladding
  • Ashlar
  • Bespoke items e.g. staircases, basins, columns etc.
  • 6 sides sawn blocks
Tercé French Limestone

Quarried in Western Loire region

The Tercé limestone is a uniform white limestone with a crystalline structure.

Suitable for:

  • External cladding
  • Ashlar
  • Bespoke items e.g. carvings, columns etc.
  • 6 sides sawn blocks
  • raw blocks
French limestone - Tercé
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Ampilly French Limestone
Ampilly French limestone - ideal for external as well as internal flooring
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Ampilly limestone is a hard-wearing, durable limestone that is suitable for both internal and external use. It is ideal for external use in cold climates and has been tested to 240 cycles of freeze/thaw.

Suitable for:

  • Internal flooring
  • External flooring
  • External cladding
  • Ashlar
  • Bespoke items e.g. staircases, columns, copings, etc.
Chitré French Limestone

Quarried in Western Loire region

The Chitré limestone is a Tuffeau limestone that is world famous and was used to build many of the great chateaux of the Loire Valley. It's not just reserved for the chateaux but can be used for any type of building old or new. Many villages along the Loire valley are made entirely from this stone.

Suitable for:

  • External cladding
  • Ashlar
  • Bespoke items e.g. carvings, columns etc.
French Limestone - Chitré, a Tuffeau limestone made famous by the grand chateaux of the Loire Valley
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Rocheville French Limestone
Rocheville Doré - external cladding
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Rocheville limestone is available in the lighter "Doré" version and a darker "Jaune" selection, both of which are durable and suitable for internal and external use. As flooring it works particularly well when brushed or antiqued.

Suitable for:

  • Internal flooring
  • External flooring
  • External cladding
  • Ashlar
  • Carving
  • Bespoke items e.g. staircases, basins, columns etc.
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