Gallagher supplying Kentish Ragstone to Knole House
Gallagher Aggregates is supplying a range of dressed Kentish Ragstone to Knole House in Sevenoaks.
Knole House is one of England’s largest country houses, set in a 1,000 acre park. The biggest building project Knole has experienced in the last 400 years is currently in progress. The restoration project includes repairs to the house plus the construction of a new visitor’s centre, café, shop and conservation studios. As the main house is built of Kentish Ragstone, the new buildings are also being built with the stone to ensure that they blend in with the original house.
As the last remaining company still quarrying Kentish Ragstone, Gallagher Aggregates Ltd is supplying dressed and split faced coursed Kentish Ragstone for the restoration and new build works at Knole House. Gallagher’s Masonry department has the specialist equipment and experienced craftsmen to be able to supply dressed Kentish Ragstone in a variety of finishes that match the original stones.
As part of this project, Gallagher has just supplied finials (pictured above) that replicate the original stones around the roof level of the building both in their fine detail and design. They will be fixed alongside new Kentish Ragstone coping stones to the gable ends of the new visitors’ centre which is due to be completed later this year. The Kentish Ragstone balls replicate the 7000 cannon balls ordered by King Henry V in 1419.