Ancaster limestone has been used as a building material since Romans times. It is an oolitic limestone from the middle Jurassic era. Throughout the ages it has graced the facades of various famous buildings. There are records of many medieval churches, universities and castles using Ancaster limestone.
Although we can't be certain extactly where the early limestone was quarried we do know that extraction from the Glebe Quarry complex began over three hundred years ago.
During the Victorian era several grand country houses were built using materials from Glebe.When Ancaster became part of the rail network the block was transported from the quarry to the railyard by horse and cart and architects would then arrive by train to select block for their projects.
The complex was purchased at the turn of the 20th century by the Gregory quarrying company who developed the complex further. In 1908 Glebe supplied all the stone for the facade of Holborn Town hall.
The current owners Glebe Stone Sales now use the latest techniques to extract the block in an efficient but sustainable way. Only block for architectural use is extracted. There is no roadstone extraction and once an area has been worked it is restored back to limestone meadow.