Rock of Ages
The September issue of Kent Life magazine features an article on Kentish Ragstone, the most widespread building stone used throughout the South East of England. The editor of Kent Life, Sarah Sturt, visited Gallagher's Hermitage Quarry, the last remaining source of quality Kentish Ragstone, to find out more about Kentish Ragstone, how it is quarried and how the land is restored once the ragstone has been removed.
"Kentish Ragstone has left its mark on Kent over many centuries, becoming synonymous with the very fabric and history of the county.
"Our ancient icons from Canterbury Cathedral, Rochester Castle and Leeds Castle to modern buildings, bridges and walls - think of Fremlin Walk in Maidstone, the West Malling Bypass and Westwood Cross at Broadstairs - all feature this handsome grey stone.
"To find out more I visited Gallagher Group, the building, civil engineering and property business, at the Hermitage Estate near Maidstone.
"So carefully and discreetly is the site managed you'd barely know it was there - and it's immaculate throughout, thanks to its eponymous chairman Pat Gallagher, who has an Irishman's love and respect for land."
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