- Wolf Statue: this has a plinth and steps of Portland Stone
on setts of Portugese granite.
- Greenwich Observatory: the Meridian Line is paved
with 'granite' setts. There are pale Cornish granites, blue-grey
Guernsey diorite, pink Leicestershire porphyry and many others.
Close by is the Halley Memorial of Purbeck Marble.
- Queen's House: inside the Queen's House, the Great Hall
is floored with squares of black Belgium marble and white
or grey, streaky Bardiglio Marble from Italy. The fireplace
in the Queen's Antechamber is of Derbyshire Limestone.
- Royal Navy College Chapel: this is remarkable for its geological
deception! The statues in the niches are of Coade Stone,
an artificial stone paste that could be moulded into shapes
and save the expense of stone carving.
- Painted Hall of King William's Block: the drama of elevation
is controlled by the broad steps to the portico and the upper
hall, carved from striped, blue-grey Bardiglio Marble from
Italy. There are several other types of marble used in the
- Queen Anne's Block: the east corner of Wren and Hawksmoor's
building has massive slabs of Portland Stone with the fossil
oyster beds upturned and running vertically through the blocks.
- King Charles's Block: the base courses are of buff-coloured
Magnesian Limestone from Roche Abbey in Yorkshire. Higher
up, white-weathering Portland Stone containing fossil shell
traces is used.
Learn more about Greenwich's building stones in the Holiday Geology Guide available from the BGS Bookshop.