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Relief carved hearts in Lincoln Cathedral limestone, finished with matt red enamel paint.

The stone originates from the Cathedral's own quarry on Riseholme Road in Lincoln, and is the same stone used for the original construction of the minster, as well as it's ongoing restoration.

The stone is no longer commercially available, so has historical interest as well as being a piece of art. To explain further:

I'm a fully qualified former Lincoln Cathedral Stonemason, and worked there for ten years, serving a four year apprenticeship. Lincoln is one of only a handful of cathedrals with it's own quarry, and in the early 90's we reopened the face and started to extract stone for the works that were being undertaken at the time; the most notable of which being the West Front and South Great Transept Pinnacles.

Prior to the cathedral quarry ceasing extraction in 2019 due to the constraints of it's location, the stone was readily available for sale to the public. Now that extraction has ceased, the stone is no longer for sale due to the finite quantities remaining, and the land is destined for housing. I'm now using the off cuts I've amassed from there over the past twenty years.

The three distinct cathedral beds uphill Lincoln sits on are Upper Silverbed, Lower Silverbed, and Redbed. I use all three beds for my work, and although they may look the same at first glance, they are very distinct in character.

Although there are potentially vast quantities still available, uphill Lincoln is built on top of them, so unless that part of the city is razed to the ground it will never be quarried again.

Collection only by prior arrangement from my workshop at The Terrace, Grantham Street, Lincoln, LN2 1BD