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Ashford Black Marble – Derbyshire

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Ashford Black Marble samples originate from Ashford-in-the-Water, Derbyshire, UK. Despite its name, this rock surprises many by being classified as a fine-grained Sedimentary Rock instead of a Metamorphic one. This classification is due to its true nature as a dark limestone rather than a genuine marble. Ashford Black Marble earns its reputation for ornamental purposes, showcasing a stunningly shiny black surface when cutting and polishing it. The rock’s origin dates back to the Carboniferous period, and it boasts a generous amount of bitumen, giving rise to its dark grey hue that transforms into a mesmerising glossy black appearance upon polishing. Supplied in various sizes, each specimen comes presented in a white card tray with an accompanying informative label.

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Ashford Black Marble originates from around Ashford-in-the-Water, Derbyshire, UK. Despite its name, this rock is a fine grained, bio micrite limestone. A sedimentary rock, not a Metamorphic one. Ashford Black Marble has earned its reputation as an ornamental stone. When cut & polished it takes on a black glossy finish.  It is Carboniferous in age & contains a large amount of bituminous material giving it a dark grey or black hue & a very distinctive hydrocarbon smell when struck with a hammer. Although it is no longer extracted, examples of the polished stone can be found in a pietra dura table top in Holy Trinity church in the village. Other notable examples can be seen in Chatsworth House & St. Peter’s church, Edensor.  Available in a variety of sizes, each supplied in a labelled card tray.

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