purbeck marble


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purbeck marble

A gray, hard limestone (not actually a marble) containing many small shells; takes a very high polish; used in many Gothic cathedrals in England.
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In a method which again departs from their practice at home, the Italian craftsmen used the grey-green, native limestone known as Purbeck marble for the matrix rather than the creamy marble of their homeland.
In which county is the building stone known as Purbeck Marble mined?
Made out of Purbeck marble, it would have originally been laid in the floor on the east side of the south wall inside the magnificent Chapter House.