White Lias is a stone which only occurs locally in Warwickshire and parts of Somerset. The name 'lias' is derived from quarrymen's dialect for "layers" as 'white lias' and the more common 'blue lias' can be seen as being in natural layers when quarried. White lias is relatively durable and easy to carve.
White Lias Stone's appearance is Pale beige and white in colour with a fine texture.
White Lias Stone is currently quarried at Bowden Quarry near Langport, Somerset and is mainly used in flooring, walling and paving slabs - both coursed and layered. Evidence of White Lias can be found in buildings in the nearby towns of Midsomer Norton, Radstock, Wincanton, Sparkford and Langport.
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