to requests, we carry a large stock of natural local granite, in many
The stone has been reclaimed from dismantled structures and field
clearances in decades past, or is generated during civil engineering
projects on Dartmoor, rather than freshly quarried. There is currently
no commercial legitimate quarrying of granite on Dartmoor.
Because of the demand there is
a trade in stolen local granite. Unscrupulous individuals are taking
stone from roadside walls. However higgledy piggledy these walls may
look the farmer in occupation of the land is usually responsible for
them. Stealing is stealing and we have no truck with it whatsoever.
Offers of suspect stone are reported to the authorities immediately.
In fact we suffer such depredation ourselves from outlying parts of
the farm, and Anton's reaction is likely to be abrupt and extreme should
he catch the culprit.
Click on the usage you are interested
Lintels / Quoins
Access control stones
The largest volume usage of our stone is, unsurprisingly,
for dry-stone walling repairs and restoration. For local customers,
we can arrange bulk delivery in dump trailers.
Another popular request is for stone facing
material, to make new build/extensions blend into the landscape. Sometimes
this is under planning constraints, but often just for the aesthetic
appeal of real granite walls. Stone is usually hand selected to keep
within a set width.
Such projects often demand carefully selected
granite lintels (over doors and windows) and quoin stones (corner pieces).
Often projects using 'lesser' stone from districts surrounding the moor
will require the use of such granite features.
There is usually a selection of such material ready to go in the yard,
and specials can be cut to order.
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Natural granite memorial and headstones can
be a wonderful way to remember a loved one - although they are not always
permitted, so check with your vicar first! We are happy for customers
to come and select a suitable piece. We can likely introduce you to
a mason who can inscribe.
We supply both trade and private individuals
with a wide selection of granite for garden features, from individual
rocks to line a drive, up to large boulders to make a rockery.
NB Although scientific evidence is scant, Anton
was always told, as a child, that such rocks were 'baby mountains',
and that should a diligent young child polish them every day with boot
polish, they might one day grow! (We cannot verify these claims, and
will happily refer you to the childminder concerned
a certain Miss
An increasing demand is for massive boulders
to prevent unwanted visitors parking their old buses and caravans on
customers' property, or to discourage unauthorised nocturnal scrap metal
collection. A few 2 tonnes blocks strewn across access points usually
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And of course, gate posts. We do not generally
carry old/reclaimed gateposts. They were originally used, in the absence
of anything else durable, to hang light 6'-7' larch field gates from.
They are unbelievably fragile, unless you get into massive sections.
If you must, however, there are usually a handful of stones suitable
for new gateposts available, and yes we can get them drilled. Anton
will even set pins in them for you, using iron slivers and poured lead
-this is the traditional method, whatever anyone tells you. He will
make you wait, and charge you the earth for this service; while heartily
recommending that you change your mind. Then he'll politely wait for
your call saying your builder dropped/broke your post, or that the massive
entrance gate you commissioned has ripped the top hanger out. At this
point, he'll say
'I told you so', and gently put the phone down.
If you take his advice, and must have such a thing, Anton might organise
a concrete post for you, manufactured with ethnic looking aggregate
and weathered to look the part, with steels cast within. It will be
much more likely to withstand what you ask of it, and lead to far less
heartache. No-one will know the difference.