Car Colston
St Mary


The stone used in the fabric of St Mary is:

a.Skerry sandstone

The nave, aisles, chancel and ground floor of the tower are constructed in Triassic Mercia Mudstone which is a hard fine-grained sandstone known as skerry. This skerry stone was widely used for rubble wall material and is very common in the Trent Valley area. Grey-green and very hard, it is not amenable to working and suffers little erosion. It was probably collected from the fields or shallow pits.

b.Sherwood sandstone

The upper floors of the tower to the nineteenth-century addition at the top, quoins, buttresses and other ashlar work are Triassic Sherwood sandstone, which being softer can be shaped more readily into blocks. It has the characteristic of fluvial sandstones, erosion by soft clay clasts.

c.Lincolnshire limestone

A number of the window mouldings, the top of the tower, are Lincolnshire limestone, probably quarried at Ancaster and fairly pale in colour.

The roofs are covered with Victorian tiles.