Definition of Portland stone in English:

Portland stone


  • [mass noun] Limestone from the Isle of Portland in Dorset, highly prized as a building material.

    • ‘Browns has restored the original 1930s entrance to the building on the Headrow, replacing the arched windows and Portland stone facing.’
    • ‘With its facing of white Portland stone, copper-covered roof and flèche glittering with gold bands the chapel can be seen far across Stanley Park.’
    • ‘All the options put forward were sympathetic to the town hall's features, matching its original Portland stone and wrought iron railings.’
    • ‘On either side of one of the three enormous caissons of Portland stone and granite which make up the foundation piers, the contractors have erected two spidery hoists rising to the full height of the Fife side cantilever.’
    • ‘The Portland stone monument had suffered from ‘invasive vegetative growth’ and its railings and gates were badly corroded in places.’
    • ‘He added an imposing gateway to Gibbs's courtyard and encased the traditional brick house in expensive Portland stone.’
    • ‘The first bar was just a chain across the road, the second a wooden structure with a prison on top, and the third a magnificent arch built from Portland stone.’
    • ‘The memorial was built from brown Portland stone in 1920 by Swift Brothers, monumental masons of Darnley Road, Gravesend.’
    • ‘The new plan seems set to create a much more significant development more in keeping with its surroundings, unlike the dirty Portland stone and marble facings and 1960s concrete-style structures it replaces.’
    • ‘Belgian fossil marble was used as a facing to the lower walls, Greek penalithic marble and Portland stone were used extensively elsewhere.’
    • ‘Both the Reading Room cladding and the south portico structure were to have been built from Portland stone, the original stone used for the courtyard.’
    • ‘They will include built-in seating, as garden benches tend to ‘get nicked overnight’ and, in an ideal world, they will be faced with Portland stone to match that on the church, though that is a very expensive option.’
    • ‘But you want a picture of that church, which isn't helping matters by being built out of cream Portland stone.’
    • ‘With regards to the projects in general the constraints that you are placing on the supply of Portland stone to yourselves is degenerating into a farce.’
    • ‘This cemetery, with its rosy sandstone entrance, is more melancholy than the colourful Commonwealth military cemeteries with their flowers, green manicured lawns and white headstones hewn from Portland stone.’
    • ‘Spacious and elegant, with a new plain green carpet and Portland stone fireplace, the lower level can accommodate a goodsized dining table.’
    • ‘It contains three distinctive facades and the building is clad in Portland stone which is embellished with a wealth of elaborate carvings.’
    • ‘The most striking feature of my own shady front garden is a classic parterre of low box hedging, infilled with Portland stone gravel and shade-tolerant double-white busy Lizzies.’
    • ‘Much of what we think of as modern London is built from Portland stone, and the island was first quarried from the outside in, as the sea was the only way of transporting the stone.’
    • ‘Touches include gothic fireplaces made from Portland stone and walls lined with purple velvet and brown, blue and yellow patterned wallpaper.’


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