Catcastle Grey

Coarse grained brown/grey/variegated sandstone. Good paving material and suitable for severe exposure areas such as sea walls and reservoirs

Quarried at Lartington near Barnard Castle in Teesdale, this quarry was initially opened up when the railway was laid over Deepdale valley on its route to Carlisle. Consequently the stone was used on many railway bridges North of York as well as the Abutments to Lendal bridge in York. Catcastle’s durable nature also lead to its use on reservoirs and harbour walls in the North East.

Catcastle is a unique stone; its has a coarse grain with occasional large quartz inclusions, and variegated brown feature markings.

Recently it was used to build Glasgow Sherrifs Court, and Hull Crown Court and the considerable development of the Buchannan Shopping Centre Glasgow. It was also used for the restoration of Stirling Castle, notably the reconstruction of the Great Hall including the full parapet.


Ashlar Walling
Thin Cladding, Generix Lite System  
Dressed / Carved Stone
Rock Faced Walling
Rubble Walling  
Rockery Stone  
External Flooring / Paving
External Steps / Platts
Internal Flooring (requires sealant)

Declaration of Performance

To BS EN 771-6-2011 Natural Stone Masonry Units

Resistance to Fire Class A1
Shear Bond Strength Fixed Value
Apparent Density (Kg/m³) 2258
Open Porosity (%) 14.35
Water Absorpotion (g/m.sec²) 22.81
Compressive Strength (Mpa) 53
Flexural Strength (Mpa) 5.2
Frost Resistance (Cycles) 84
Thermal Conductivity NPD

Case Study

Stirling Castle

  • Stone Used: Catcastle Grey
  • Stone Supplied To: Various Contractors
  • Year: 1980 to Present

Case Study

West Park, Darlington

  • Stone Used: Catcastle Grey
  • Stone Supplied To: Bussey Armstrong
  • Year: 2002 to Present

Case Study

Stevenson Hive Building, Glasgow

  • Stone Used: Catcastle Grey
  • Stone Supplied To: Heron Bros
  • Architect: EDC
  • Year: 2011

Case Study

Glasgow Sherrifs Court

  • Stone Used: Catcastle Grey
  • Year: 1985

Case Study

Buchannan Galleries, Glasgow

  • Stone Used: Catcastle Grey
  • Stone Supplied To: Artec (Canada)
  • Architect: Jenkins and Marr
  • Year: 1998