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Technical Data Sheet
Wetsombed Purbeck Limestone
Landerís Quarry
Kingston Road, Langton Matravers, Dorset, BH19 3JP
Contact : Landerís Quarry
Tel. 01929 439 205 Fax. 01929 439 268
email: landers@purbeckstone.co.uk
website : www.purbeckstone.co.uk
Grid Reference: SZ 015 785
Compiled March 2000

This data sheet was compiled by the Building Research Establishment (BRE). Where possible, data collected in earlier surveys has been used to help interpret the test results. The data sheet was compiled in March 2000 using the results of tests carried out to the proposed European Standards. The work was carried out by BRE as part of a Partners in Technology Programme funded by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions and Landers Quarry and does not represent an endorsement of the stone by BRE.

General
The quarry is on the B3069 near Langton Matravers. It was opened in 1920. The quarry has a number of different beds. The stone is used for walling, door and window surrounds, flooring, paving and many other uses. The depth of the stone varies between beds but most are between 300mm and 380mm bur the Wetsombed is around 300mm. The maximum size quarried is 1500 x 800 x 350mm and the maximum block size supplied is around 500 x 400 x 250mm. There are good reserves.

Petrography 
The stone worked at the quarry is Purbeck Limestone from the Middle Purbeck division of Jurassic age. The stone varies in colour with the Wetsombed being a buff-grey colour with numerous pieces of brownish coloured shell.

Expected Durability and Performance 
It is important that the results from the sodium sulphate crystallisation tests are not viewed in isolation. They should be considered with the results from the porosity and water absorption tests and the performance of the stone in existing buildings. Stone from this area is traditionally used as walling and paving. The crystallisation test results show the stone to be Class A which BRE Report 141 suggest is suitable for all uses and that it should have good resistance to both salt and frost. Based on current research it seems likely that the stone would weather at a rate of between 1 and 2 mm per 100 years but it could be greater in severe exposures or on the edges of stonework. The strength is at the top end of the range for limestones.

Test Results - Wetsombed Purbeck Limestone (Landers Quarry)
Safety in Use 
Slip Resistance (Note 1) 

59

Values > 40 are considered safe. 
Abrasion Resistance (Note 1)

22.9

Values <23.0 are considered suitable for use in heavily trafficked areas
Strength under load 
1) Compression(Note 2) 

93.7 MPa

Loaded perpendicular to the bedding plane ambient humidity
2) Bending (Note 1) 

17.0 MPa

Loaded perpendicular to the bedding plane ambient humidity 
 

N.D.

Loaded parallel to the bedding plane ambient humidity 
Porosity and Water Absorption 
1) Porosity (Note 3) 

4.46%

2) Saturation Coefficient (Note 3) 

0.60

3) Water Absorption

1.04 % (by wt)

4) Bulk specific gravity 

2591kg/m3

Resistance to Frost 
Freeze/Thaw Test (Note 1) 

N.D. 

Resistance to Salt 
Sodium Sulphate Crystallisation Test (Note 3) 

0.02% Mean wt loss

(Test methods Note 1 = EN1341, Note 2 = EN 1342, Note 3 = EN 1341 /BRE 141, Note 4 = BRE 141)

Tests were carried out at BRE in 1997. N.D. = not determined

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