Portland stone

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A high quality limestone from Portland, Dorset, which bleaches white when exposed to the elements. It was first used for architecture and sculpture in 17th-century London, for example St Paul's Cathedral, and its environs. Improvements in steel tools and in the means of transport contributed to its widespread use in 19th-century Britain for grand, particularly classical architecture.

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