Coursed Tumbled Building Stone – Callow Sandstone

Our Callow red sandstone is a traditional walling stone, cropped to fixed heights and tumbled to create a coursed building stone with softened faces and edges. Lifted from our Callow Quarry on the Herefordshire-Monmouthshire border, this coursed building sandstone contains a range of natural stone colours from warm reds to auburns, with occasional blue-grey veining.


This coursed building stone is made from exactly the same stone as our Callow Red Sandstone random building stone, which also comes in a tumbled finish. The only difference is that coursed stone is cropped to uniform sizes, making it quicker and easier to build. Coursed building stone has a more contemporary look than traditional rubble stone. It makes it a good choice for an extension or outbuildings where the new building needs to complement the historic stonework of the original structure.

Callow red sandstone coursed building and walling stone is also available with a pitched face finish. Our vintage building stone combines coursed and random stone to offer an attractive traditional building stone to suit a lower budget, and also offers a tumbled alternative. Tumbling softens the faces and edges of the stone, giving it a more time-worn appearance.

In Monmouthshire, our Callow Red sandstone is highly favoured for vernacular architecture where it helps to maintain the cultural integrity of local buildings. With a choice of random or coursed building stone with pitched face or tumbled finishes, it has a multitude of applications. Callow Red building stone is also very popular in Cheshire, Somerset and Dorset because of its close visual match to traditional Cheshire Red sandstone.

What is coursed building stone?

Coursed building stone is a uniform stone that has set heights and random lengths; it is easy to lay and has minimal wastage.

Our standard coursed building stone is supplied in 140mm height with random lengths, and a bed width of 100mm (4 inch). ‘Bed width’ is the width of your footing.

For specific heights please ring to discuss further.

What if I need my stone cut differently?

If you need a different bed width, finish or different coursed heights, our in-house stone cutting service can provide alternatives and we will endeavour to supply your specific requirements.

No order is too large or too small.

Building and walling materials to match

The sandstone from our Callow quarry can be cut to produce lintels, cills, wall coping and pier caps from the same stone, to your specified sizes.

Callow red brown sandstone can also be used for patios, seating areas, pathways and steps, softening the boundaries between house and garden. Callow Cobblestones create an eye-catching design feature for your driveway or garden.

Many of our own products can be successfully combined with complementary ranges – for example, using lighter coloured stone for cills and coping stones. If you would like advice, examples or ideas about combining stone ranges, do give us a call – or even better, pop in to our showroom.

For natural landscaping we provide boulders and rockery stones from all our UK quarries.  Our Callow quarry produces a range of rocks, from small rockery stones to 12 tonne boulders.

Different uses for coursed building stone

Here are a few applications for coursed building and walling stone:

  • Facing stone for new builds
  • Building restoration and renovation
  • Garden walls
  • Dwarf walls
  • Dry stone walling
  • Fireplaces
  • Chimneys
  • Gabion Baskets
  • Pillars
  • Wishing Wells
  • Feature walls
  • Retaining walls
An important note about natural stone

Whilst we have done our utmost to ensure the stone and colours displayed on our website are accurate, they are to be used as a guide only. Because stone is a natural product, texture and colour will vary from piece to piece. As we work through the quarry, seams will yield slightly different coloured and shaped stones.

The building technique, quantity, colour and type of mortar used will all impact on the the look of the finished product. Please bear this in mind when ordering stone products. For larger projects or any projects where a specific look is required, we recommend that test panels are built.

We’ve provided a few tips on how to build a stone wall, and if you need any advice, give us a call.

Price per Sq metre
£120.00 ex VAT
£144.00 inc VAT


Random Building Stone – Callow Sandstone

Price per bulk bag
£155.00 ex VAT
£186.00 inc VAT

Vintage Tumbled Building Stone – Callow Sandstone

Price per Sq metre
£95.00 ex VAT
£114.00 inc VAT

Callow Cobbles Sawn

Cobblestones – Callow Sandstone

Price per Sq metre
From £45.00 ex VAT
From £54.00 inc VAT

Flagstones – Monmouth Brown Sandstone

Price per Sq metre
£22.50 ex VAT
£27.00 inc VAT