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Bath stone

- a honey coloured oolite limestone, good for dressing and carving, but useless for paving, available from quarries in Somerset and Wiltshire. Used in the Building of Bath when it was originally cheaper than brick, thanks to an early rail system which transported the stone. The quarries closest to Bath at Coombe Down, the source of the original Bath Stone were developed as a business venture by Ralph Allan mayor of Bath in 1742. His country mansion Prior Park which overlooks the city, is now a school. Extensively fire damaged in 1984, it was meticulously and, somewhat controversially, restored to the condition it was in before the fire. The grounds are in the care of the National Trust.