Lecture on the use of Cornish stone in London

HELSTON COLLEGE will welcome a University College London lecturer this week to give a talk on the use of Cornish stone in London.

Ruth Siddall teaches at University College London and is a geologist specialising in the study of minerals and rocks used in cultural heritage. She will discuss the influence of Cornish stone on buildings in the city, and its subsequent decline in use.

Cornish stone, particularly granite, is popular in London with many of the buildings famed for their Portland Stone construction having foundations of Cornish granite. The material was a first choice for London’s major engineering projects, from the embanking of the Thames to Nelson’s Column.

The talk take place on Friday at 6pm at the north site main hall. Entry is free.

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