1 March 2022
Paving & Flooring for Listed and Period Properties
The floor of any building plays an important role in providing the background to its character, contributing to the overall appearance and complementing the building’s architecture. Especially when listed or period properties are concerned. Grade 1 & 2 listed buildings are required by law to retain, re-use and repair any existing floors that are original to the building. Many period properties have original flags which can prove tricky when restoring as many original flagstones such as Yorkstone are notoriously expensive and extremely difficult to source.
We understand the need for those working on restoration or conservation projects to look for products that offer carefully considered detail and design, and it is what we have been working on for over 30 years at our base in Shropshire. Many of our Stonecast products have already been approved for use in listed buildings.
Why Westminster Stone?
Westminster Stone’s Managing Director John Clifford develops moulds in-house, using sourced originals that he has handpicked from around the country. With meticulous attention to detail, each mould is handmade with a different patina, shape and size to create paving that is completely authentic in appearance and as close a replica to the original natural stone flags as it’s possible to create. The intricate skill and craftsmanship of these unique moulds have been recognised, awarded and applauded throughout the industry for decades. All of our Stonecast products are manufactured in the UK and we are members of Made in Britain.
We realise consistency is a key factor when undertaking a sympathetic project. Our Bespoke service offers the flexibility to gain hand made reproduction flagstones and tiles in customised size, thickness, texture and colour. Take a look at some of our paving and flooring already laid in listed and period properties below.
Listed & Period Property Case Studies
Escape to the Chateau
Angel chose our aged National Trust Hidcote Flagstones for part of the chateau renovations. We supplied 25 tonnes of paving which is seen arriving at the Chateau (in Episode 3) and laid to the front of the property to form a stunning new terrace ready for beautiful weddings! They were so impressed with our paving, Angel created a bold and beautiful flooring design using Old Provence Petite Lozenge & Charcoal Tile for the magical Folly and Yorkstone Paving was chosen for the walled garden.
Barns & Yard at Hanley Hall
We supplied paving for many areas of this stunning luxury, listed barn. The barns and current hall date back to the reign of Henry VIII, and still retain the timber framing, ornate plasterwork and stone fireplaces. Our Henslate flooring was chosen for its instant maturity, adding to the character and charm already present. Externally it was important to create beautiful open spaces as a backdrop for photography and for easy outdoor entertaining. Our Traditional Paving was used for this with a mix of Henslate Paving and Castle Blend Paving. They commented that the flagstones "Are beautiful, hardwearing, robust and just look ‘right’" Read More...
BBC Great Expectations Set
We are thrilled to be asked to provide the flooring for a BBC period drama set. Henslate flagstones have been used to provide an instant period floor for the BBCs forthcoming adaptation of Great Expectations, staring Olivia Colman and produced by Stephen Knight. Stay tuned for updates of this exciting project!
Old Stone Cottage
Our Hidcote Flooring was used to great effect in this stunning cottage. Old Stone Cottage is a 17th Century former smallholding. It was constructed using traditional oak framing and local sandstone.
"The tones of the Hidcote flags matched the internal sandstone walls perfectly. They suited the property, they had great durability (dogs and children!), they could be used with underfloor heating, and they could be produced in a reduced 25mm thickness" Read More...Deb from Old Stone Cottage
Longbarn at Caerfallen
The brief for this total re-build of a 16th century listed farm building was to create a home and garden that was in keeping with the historic site and building whilst making the most of the amazing views and South-West facing location. The owners of The Longbarn at Caerfallen used Hand-cut Honey Cathedral Paving to achieve the look. Read More...
Mill House Case Study
The brief for Mill House was to create a replacement pool building and garden that was sympathetic to the setting of a listed house built in 1703. They used a mix of products including Terracotta Tiles, Lancashire Mill and Antique Honey Cathedral Limestone Read More..
Externally we wanted to create a traditional winding country path across the lawn leading to a Windmill. In the kitchen we wanted a traditional orange coloured brick floor, we felt that this could look lovely alongside larger rustic stones, in a contrasting colour. Also, it is quite common to see stone floors in timber-framed houses. We love square terracotta tiles and wanted to use them somewhere in the house."Mr & Mrs Shenton
Grade II Listed Tudor Home
The owners of this stunning Grade II Listed Tudor house, c.550 in Hertfordshire used our Honey Cathedral Limestone for the hallway which is in the oldest part of the house, adding an instant time-worn look and feel.
Projects & Collaborations
Are you renovating a listed or period property? If so we would love to hear from you. Collaborations include discounts, professional photographs, a case study and discount codes for your followers. Send us a message with all the details of your project (size, product, brief, social handles) to our socials or email email@example.com
Our Olde worlde Traditional paving and flooring is perfect for creating authentic British period drama and film sets that are full of the character and charm of years gone by in Britain. Get in touch today to discuss your bespoke needs: firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit one of our many display centres located across the UK to help match your existing flooring or ensure a sympathetic restoration for listed and period properties - we have friendly and knowledgeable experts on hand to help.
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The National Trust Paving Collection
Westminster Stone's National Trust Paving Collection consists of four ranges of flagstones, brick pavers, tiles and landscaping products of unrivalled quality and character influenced by National Trust properties and gardens across the country. The collection offers products that reflect the best of our nation’s landscape heritage, with high-quality Stonecast products chosen by the National Trust because they are more sustainable than quarrying for new stone.
Yorkstone Paving & Flooring
Without a doubt, the closest alternative to natural riven York stone, but with huge added benefits! Yorkstone Flags are consistent in thickness for ease of laying. They are a fraction of the cost of real York stone and are practical and hard-wearing, with excellent non-slip properties, frost resistant and suitable for use with both ‘wet’ and ‘dry’ underfloor heating systems.
Lancashire Mill Paving & Flooring
Beautiful Stonecast Lancashire Mill flagstones feature a grey, buff and olives colour palette, faithfully reproduced from sourced originals to retain the colour and texture of centuries past. They add instant maturity and style to any traditional garden design.
Hidcote Paving & Flooring
With beautiful soft buff and cream hues, these wonderful flags add a timeless classic quality to any home and garden. This time-worn stone has been authentically reproduced in fine detail from authentic Cotswold flagstone original masters, ensuring that all of the unique character is captured and reproduced. The flags create a rich, open-textured floor or patio, full of the character and tradition of Hidcote Manor, near the delightful town of Chipping Campden in the Cotswolds
Henslate Paving & Flooring
Old Slate originals are very rare, and Westminster Stone's Stonecast Hênslate Flagstones will enable you to create the same character rustic effect, with a keenly priced authentic handmade stone. Create a traditional rustic ‘olde world’ charm with these stunning flagstones that give a timeless time-worn appearance to any home and garden. As featured in the BBCs upcoming adaptation of Great Expectations.
Antique Honey Cathedral Paving & Flooring
Westminster Stone’s best-selling Antique Honey Cathedral flagstones in buff, yellow, grey and brown colour tones, are distinctive premium quality limestone flagstones. The tumbled vintage edge and surface gives an aged appearance, ideal for creating warmth and character in any home or garden setting.
Weathered York Paving & Flooring
Create a stylish traditional patio or terrace using Westminster Stone's Stonecast Weathered York Flagstones. Faithfully reproduced from sourced originals, these authentic garden paving slabs have style, heritage, and character. This paving was used at the RHS Chelsea flower show 2021 for Alitex's 5* winning trade stand.
Old Welsh Quarry Tiles
The original tiles were sourced from a traditional 18th-century barn on the Wales / English borderlands and stunningly reproduced by Westminster Stone, who also offer what is generally regarded to be the most comprehensive range of replica reclaimed antique terracotta tiles from any one manufacturer worldwide.