Old Slate originals are very rare, and Westminster Stone Hênslate Paving Flagstones are a top quality authentic alternative that will enable you to create the same character rustic effect, with our Stonecast originals. These flagstones look as though they have been down for centuries from the moment you finish laying them, as seen in the 'Barns and Yard' case study on our Blog
Ideal for conservation or restoration projects. Reclaimed and reproduced in fine detail, these glorious Hênslate slate flagstones create a rustic aged effect. Authentic old Welsh slate flags in blue-black colour hues offer an olde world paved area with a timeless appeal.
Hênslate Flagstones originate from North Wales and provide the perfect traditional rustic garden patio or pathway. Old Slate (Hên Llech in Welsh) originals are very rare, Westminster Stone’s authentic alternative enables you to create the same traditional character rustic effect at a fraction of the cost. Hênslate Paving offers an immediate ‘aged’ effect which is perfect for projects where sourced originals cannot be found or the price is prohibitive.
Stonecast is frost and algae resistant and naturally non-slip. Henslate Flooring is also available for interior stone floors, with a slimmer 25mm thickness they are perfect for creating a seamless blend between patio and living spaces. Flagstones are delivered stacked with our innovative Paving Anchor Spacer System.
Slate is first thought to have appeared in use in Wales during Roman times in Caernarfon, with widespread use not increasing until the 18th and 19th centuries. By the end of the 1700s Wales was responsible for half of the UK’s total slate production. The main quarries of Wales were Penrhyn Quarry near Bethesda, Dinorwic Quarry near Llanberis and Nantlle Valley. Blaenau Ffestiniog is home to the biggest slate mine in the world, and now houses a number of great outdoor activities such as the Bounce Below caverns and the custom made Antur Stiniog downhill mountain biking trails. Smaller slate facilities were found in South Wales in Corris and Pembrokeshire.
In a garden paving setting, slate makes a definite statement. It’s cool blue/black/grey tones help define garden design spaces and provide a wonderful contrast to carefully chosen planting. The greens, whites, purples and silvers of flowers and plants appear more vibrant with natural slate patio stones, the balance of light and dark matched evenly across the garden paving space.