Thematic Trails

Cities in stone

Image of Bristol in Stone bookletBRISTOL, HERITAGE IN STONE Eileen Stonebridge
ISBN 978-0-948444-36-4 Thematic Trails 1999. £2.95

A5. 40 pages. 36 photos. 12 figures.
The walk explores the rich diversity of stones that make up the fabric of the City of Bristol. The expectation is that as the building stones become familiar, so comes the satisfaction of being able to identify common stones and their origin, perhaps before turning to the text for reassurance.

You can buy Bristol Heritage in Stone locally at:
Bristol Museum and Art Gallery Bookshop, Museum, Queen’s Road Bristol BS8 1RL T: 0117-9223650
Stanfords 29 Corn Street, Bristol BS1 1HT

EXETER IN STONE, an urban geology Jane Dove.
ISBN 978-0-948444-27-2 Thematic Trails 1994. £2.95 A5. 44 pages. 24 illustrations.

▲ "Directed at ‘the curious visitor and interested non-specialists', Thematic Trails Trust publications incorporate and translate professional knowledge from the academic literature to which members of the general public don't have ready access....Exeter in Stone is a fine addition to the ever-expanding list of booklets on the building stones of British towns and cities." (Geology Today)

You can buy Exeter Thematic Trails locally at:
Exeter TIC. Exeter City Council, Civic Centre. Paris Street. Exeter EX1 1JW T: 01392 - 265700
Quay House Visitors Centre. 46 The Quay. Exeter, EX2 4AN

OXFORD CITY TRAIL, secrets in the landscape (Oxfordshire Geology Trust) £2
12 page folding pocket booklet 11X24cm, in full colour. 16 plates, 5 maps and figures.

An introduction to the geology of the city of Oxford including Headington (Quarries and stone walls) and the city centre (Magdalen College, the High Street and St Michael’s Tower). Building materials include local limestone from Headington but stone was also brought in from quarries in the Cotswolds, including from Burford and Chipping Norton.


Image of Gloucester in Stone booklet

ISBN 978-0-948444-37-1 Thematic Trails 1999. £2.40
A5. 40 pages. 28 photos. 11 figures.
Four compass-point streets radiate from Gloucester city centre. The first short walk, Eastgate Street, is, in essence a mental tool-kit for identifying some local common building stones and their history – a skill which can then be applied to any of the three following compass direction walks.



Image of Cirencester book CIRENCESTER IN STONE, a town trail Joe McCall and Philip Copestake 2008
ISBN 978-1-904530-09-1 Gloucestershire Geology Trust 2008 £4.99
A5 49 pages 100 colour illustrations including figures and maps.
Cirencester in Stone describes an easy to follow trail linking 23 buildings and archaeological sites that show the many fascinating geological features displayed in the building stones of Cirencester, such as spectacular fossils, minerals and structures. The book is an accessible, lavishly illustrated guide to the variety of attractive building stones that have been brought to the town from Roman times to the present day, and that contribute so much to the visual appeal of the historic Cotswold town of Cirencester.


Huddersfield Geology Group.
A5. 12 pages. 13 colour photos. 10 figures. £2.00
Two walks in central Huddersfield examine decorative polished building stones that have been brought into Huddersfield from many parts of the world to enhance the commercial and public buildings of the city.

Also from Huddersfield Geology Group is:

Huddersfield Geology Group 1998. £4.50
ISBN 978-0-9532828-0-7 A5. 32 pages. 33 illustrations.
Sections include, landscape, rocks, weathering, quarrying, mining and water.