Did you know? You can still see the remains of some significant quarries in east Exeter. For some houses, the quarry face is their garden wall!
Heavitree Breccia is our local stone. It starts here and reaches out. Many of Exeter’s most interesting and historic buildings are built of it. It has a character all of its own. It’s a deep, Devonian red but is particularly characterised by being very coarse in texture. And it’s ours!
We are a network of artists and experts loosely based in Heavitree, working work shoulder to shoulder with the local community to celebrate Heavitree Breccia and the quarries that source it!!
There are many ways to engage with this wonderful material. From its original deposition in the flash flood events of a Permian desert, to the story of the Mediaeval quarrymen who helped build this City. From the fascinating texture and nature of the rock itself to the way variations in its use can inform our economic understanding.
Come in and see!!
- Rougemont is a natural rock knoll of volcanic trap, and the source of the second most important building material in Exeter! Trap and Heavitree Stone can easily be told apart. Trap is purple rather than red; it often contains small round holes where air bubbles were trapped as the rock cooled; and it ... Read more