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French Limestone Quarries

Some of our featured partner quarries

Chamesson Quarry
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Chamesson French Limestone quarry

This large open quarry in the Burgundy region of France is currently producing stone from several separate benches or layers. All the benches produce hard, high quality stones that are some of France's premium limestones.

Chamesson Coquillé - a heavily fossilled stone with a beige/cream background. Fossils are 10-40 mm long.  

Chamesson B2-B4 - a pale grey/off-white background colour with fine grey shell fossils 3-10mm.

Chamesson B5 - a beige background with honey coloured veining and many small shell fossil inclusions giving a similar look to the neighbouring Beauval limestone.

Chamesson B7 - warm background beige colour with  few lines of very fine shells.

Chamesson BG - slightly paler beige/cream background and small clusters of shell fossils and some honey coloured veining.

Further details of the individual stones can be found on the French limestone page.

Lavoux Quarry

Lavoux French Limestone Quarry

The Lavoux quarry currently produces two distinct types of Lavoux limestone.

Lavoux Fin - the very fine grained white limestone that has been used for ashlar, rain screen cladding and carving. This stone has been used for many years in the renovation of York Minster and other UK cathedrals. It is a uniform off-white colour and has good frost resistance.

Lavoux à grain - a pale cream stone with a slightly more coarse texture than the Lavoux Fin. This is also perfect for use as ashlar, rain screen cladding and carving. It is popular as a replacement for Caen limestone and is currently being used in the renovation work at Canterbury cathedral and several other UK cathedrals.

Further details of the individual stones can be found on the French limestone page.

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Chauvigny Quarry
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Chauvigny French Limestone Quarry

The Chauvigny quarry produces a hard limestone with a consistent off-white background and large oolithic grains. It has been used to build monuments and 1st World War memorials.

Further details of the individual stones can be found on the French limestone page. 

Avy Quarry

Avy French Limestone Quarry

This quarry produces two types of Avy limestone, a white stone and a "Doré"  (golden) stone.  Avy is one of the more unusual limestones in that it has predominantly white shell fossils. The white stone has a uniformly coloured  off-white background with the white shell fossils and the occasional brown or grey shell. The Doré version has drifts of warm gold/beige colouring. The quarry is an underground mine located in south western France.

Further details of the individual stones can be found on the French limestone page.

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Aubigny Quarry
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Aubigny French Limestone

Also known as Lanvignes, the stone produced by this quarry is a warm caramel coloured stone that is durable. It is often used as flooring, cladding, balustrades, staircases, balustrades etc.

Tercé Quarry

Tercé French Limestone

The stone from Tercé is whitish in colour, medium-hard and fine grained. It is very resistant, homogeneous and is speckled with crystalline dots.

This particular limestone is ideal for use directly on the substructure, for balustrades, for all kind of intricated stoneworks, for statues, etc...

 

Further details of the individual stones can be found on the French limestone page.

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Rocheville Quarry
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Rocheville French Limestone

The Rocheville quarry in Burgundy produces a beige coloured limestone with some heavy honey coloured bands and grey and brown shell fossils. The stone works well externally in the UK and also makes a great antiqued or textured flooring stone. 

Further details of the individual stones can be found on the French limestone page.

Chitré Quarry

Chitré French Limestone (Tuffeau)

This soft limestone from the Chitré quarry was used to build some of the grand chateaux of the Loire Valley. It is located a short drive from the Loire Valley.

Further details of the individual stones can be found on the French limestone page.

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