Purbeck Freestone

Purbeck Freestone

This polished stone is one of many Purbeck limestone rocks that are quarried for building and decorative stone. Like the others, these limestones are made up from crushed and broken shell, compacted and cemented together. They are actually fossilised beaches that formed on the shores of lagoons back in the early Cretaceous period. 

Find out more on the rocks and pseudofossils pages.

Common name

Purbeck Freestone

Type

Rocks and Pseudofossils


Strata

Purbeck Limestone Group, Middle

Time period

Lower Cretaceous

Age

140 million years

Where found

Unknown

Found by

Unknown

Museum

Swanage Museum

Accession number

SWNTB.Freestone,