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!!
- The Heavitree quarries are where our stories begin, in the Permian geological time period. Between 250 and 300 million years ago, Devon was a tropical desert. Occasional storms caused flash floods, which dumped large amounts of loose rock, sand and mud. Over time this gravelly sediment built up and was compacted together. Over ...Read more