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Coulon Stone is coming up to its 30thyear of supplying customers with beautiful natural stone surfaces. With three decades of knowledge, creativity and customer service under our belt, the projects we’re asked to work on get more and more exciting with every year. One such project we recently completed was restorating the floor of one of our local churches, and the set of multiple murders.
Holy Trinity is a Grade 1 listed church dating back to the 12th and 13th century. It has eight bells, Buckinghamshire’s oldest door and fragments of medieval paintings can still be seen on it’s walls. However, more commonly known local trivia surrounding the church is that it’s been the set of three episodes of Midsomer Murders, as well as an episode of Miss Marple.
Coulon Stone have gained a great reputation for restoration work to some of Britain’s oldest buildings. We’ve worked at Windsor Castle and several churches, including the one in Stokenchurch, whose architects approached us to work on Holy Trinity.
After measuring up the whole floor, as well as steps leading in to the church, we worked with the architects to choose the best stone. It was agreed that a Portuguese limestone, Gascoigne Blue, would be the most appropriate. It’s close in tone to the rest of the building, it’s uniquely beautiful with flecks of smokey blue and glimpses of fossils, but most importantly it’s very hard wearing, perfect for a floor that will be well trodden for hundreds of years to come.
We ordered the stone directly from the quarry in Portugal before our expert stonemasons cut it to shape and hand-finished it in our factory. They then spent a couple of weeks laying it in place, which can be back breaking work.
We’re extremely proud to have worked on the restoration of this local landmark, and to know that the work of our stonemasons will live on for potentially hundreds of years.